Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Black History Month events

Warmack Branch: African American Heritage Celebration from 2 to 3 pm on Saturday, February 16. The event will feature a special performance by the Ayubu Kamau Kings & Queens African Drum & Dance. The Ayubu Kamau Kings and Queens is a performing arts and youth empowerment organization centered in the education and preservation of African centered performing arts, history, culture and its contributions to the world.
Main Library: History in the Telling:Poems Celebrating Black History Month, featuring  author Warren Landrum, at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, February 19. Since moving from the steel-mill town of East Chicago, Indiana to Grand Prairie, Warren Landrum has become active in many aspects of the community. He has served on the boards of several difference organizations such as Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful, the YMCA, and the public library. He will be reading from his book of poetry The Heart and Soul of a Black Man, and his work Let’s Go Home to Indiana Harbor - Reflections from Mid-Town America.

During February, the Main Library hosts an exhibit on the life of Frederick Douglass. Made possible by Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the exhibition explores slavery and abolition through the life of one of the most famous men in nineteenth-century America.

Bowles Branch: "The Oldest Drum Beat in the World", featuring Baba Kwasi and the Ayubu Kamau Kings & Queens African Drum & Dance. Tuesday, February 26  at 5 pm. A magical journey through African History with songs, African drumming, and storytelling. An array of African drums and percussion instruments will be set up and used to demonstrate the universal power of sound, vibration, movement and the roles that music and dance play in daily life.

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