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  • 2018 Black History Month Events in Connecticut

    African-American History opens minds and changes lives through the exploration and

    celebration of African American history and culture. Throughout the month, events such as

    films, lectures, exhibits, receptions, theater performances, book readings, concerts and much

    more will be held around the state. There are plenty of events to delve into while celebrating and

    learning about African-American culture during Black History Month. See below for a list of

    events that are being held this month here in Connecticut.

  • Conversation with Dr. Khaliah Brown-Dean

    Date: February 1, 2018

    Time: 2:00 pm

    Place: Center for Contemporary Culture

    Hartford Public Library

    500 Main Street

    Hartford, CT 06103

    Contact: (860) 695-6300

    Dr. Khaliah Brown-Dean is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University in

    Connecticut. She is a frequent guest on The Wheelhouse politics show on WNPR. Crystal Hayes, a

    doctoral student at the UConn School of Social Work, who teaches at Smith College for Social Work, will

    be the moderator.

    Black History Month Art Exhibition & Reception

    Date: February 4, 2018

    Time: 1:00pm 3:00pm

    Place: Stamford Campus

    Contact: Picture That Art Consultants (203) 977-8203

    Annual Black History Month Art Exhibition and Community Reception! Open and free to the public,

    students ranging from grades K-12 and from various cultural backgrounds, have submitted wonderful

    works of art for this exciting and educational exhibition.

    Book Lovers Circle The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

    Date: February 7, 2018

    Time: 7:30 pm 9:00 pm

    Place: Durham Public Library

    7 Maple Avenue

    Durham, CT 06422

    Discussion of The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. The discussion will be held in the

    Activity Room of the Library. All are welcome. Copies of the book will be available at the check-out

    desk.

  • Year of Wonders Book Discussion Group Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

    Date: February 8, 2018

    Time: 10:30 a.m.

    Place: Easton Public Library

    691 Morehouse Road

    Easton, CT 06612

    Discussion of Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi in the Easton Public Library conference room. Copies of the

    book will be available, stop by the circulation desk to check out a copy of the book prior to the

    discussion.

    Performance by slam poet Lakiyra Williams

    Date: February 8, 2018

    Time: 6:00pm 8:00pm

    Place: Stamford Campus - Gen Re Auditorium (A)

    Contact: Ingrid Semaan, ingrid.semaan@uconn.edu

    Lakiyra (Oompa) Williams is a slam poet and hip-hop artist from Roxbury who is now a resident of

    Cambridge. She is hood, queer, black, womynist, orphan, auntie, sister, friend, and teacher. She is a

    member of the 2016 Haley House National Poetry Slam Team, Flatline Poetry, an HipStory. Her work

    grapples with the intersections and implications of her many identities, and the hope is that people can

    feel her story and find their own. She has been featured at places like Bucknell University, Boston

    University, Boston College, Mass. College of Art, and Berklee College of Music, as well as a number of

    different venues in the Northeast region.

    Connecticuts African American Heroines

    Date: February 8, 2018

    Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

    Place: Torrington Library

    12 Daycoeton Place

    Torrington, CT 06790

    An interactive multi-media program by the Connecticut Womens Hall of Fame. Learn about some of

    Connecticuts most remarkable African American heroines. Explore the important contributions of

    African American women in Connecticut from womens rights advocate Maria Miller Stewart and

    legendary contralto and Civil Rights catalyst Marian Anderson to pioneering journalist Adrianne

    Baughns-Wallace and our current State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier.

    mailto:ingrid.semaan@uconn.edu

  • Behind The Scenes Tour: Black History Beyond the Amistad at CHS

    Date: February 10, 2018

    Time: 11:00 12:00 p.m.

    Place: Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library

    1 Elizabeth Street

    Hartford, CT 06105

    Tours last approximately 1 hour and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Space is limited, and pre-

    registration is required.

    Her Words Changed the World Harriet Beecher Stowe

    Date: February 11, 2018

    Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    Place: Noah Webster Library

    20 S Main Street

    West Hartford, CT 06107

    Contact: Agatha Monahan x6997

    The talk covers Stowes life, her childhood, family, education, marriage and motherhood and her

    inspiration to write Uncle Toms Cabin and the lasting impact of its message.

    African Americans and the Impact of the Great Migration Lecture

    Date: February 11, 2018

    Time: 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

    Place: Norwalk Historical Society Museum

    141 East Avenue

    Norwalk, CT 06851

    Contact: (203) 846-0525

    In honor of Black History Month the Norwalk Historical Society will be hosting a lecture by Dr. Stacey

    Close entitled: African Americans and the Impact of the Great Migration in the North and South. The

    lecture will discuss reasons for the larger migration and also focus on the migrations impact on

    Connecticut and the nation. Guests can also view the Museums exhibition: Destination Norwalk:

    African-American Migration from the South, 1940-1970 which highlights the migration of 5 million

    black Americans from southern states during the The Second Migration to urban industrial centers of

    the North, Midwest and West. Some making their destination Norwalk, Connecticut.

  • Lecture Series: Langston Hughes and the American Dream with David Garnes

    Date: February 11, 2018

    Time: 2:00 pm 3:30 pm

    Place: Simsbury Public Library

    725 Hopmeadow Street

    Simsbury, CT 06070

    David Garnes presents a brief history of early Harlem and the Harlem Renaissance followed by a look at

    Langston Hughes, the key figure in that movement. There will be reading and discussion of some of his

    poems.

    A Reading on Lincolns Birthday

    Date: February 12, 2018

    Time: 5:30 pm 8:30 pm

    Place: The Institute Library

    847 Chapel Street

    New Haven, CT 06510

    Come celebrate Abraham Lincoln on his birthday, February 12th, in the same month as Frederick

    Douglasss birth, at its 200th anniversary. Socializing, followed by readings, conversation, and cake.

    Please register online in advance.

    Connecticuts African American Heroines

    Date: February 13, 2018

    Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

    Place: Cheshire Public Library

    104 Main Street

    Cheshire, CT 06410

    An interactive multi-media program by the Connecticut Womens Hall of Fame. Learn about some of

    Connecticuts most remarkable African American heroines. Explore the important contributions of

    African American women in Connecticut from womens rights advocate Maria Miller Stewart and

    legendary contralto and Civil Rights catalyst Marian Anderson to pioneering journalist Adrianne

    Baughns-Wallace and our current State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier.

  • Hartford Hip Hop Digital Stories: Screening & Discussion

    Date: February 13, 2018

    Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

    Pace: Hartford History Center

    Hartford Public Library

    500 Main Street

    Hartford, CT 06103

    Contact: (860) 695-6300

    View and discuss short films by Trinity college students featuring seven Hartford Hip Hop pioneers:

    Myron Moye, Tony Villarini, Rick Torres, Empress Nijuabi, Dooney Bates, Janice Flemming, and Mike

    Nice. Digital stories, full interviews, transcripts, and photographs will be archived at the Hartford History

    Center at Hartford Public Library. This project was created in collaboration with Professor Seth Markles

    Global Hip Hop Cultures fall 2017 course at Trinity College and Tim Wolf.

    Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women

    Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

    Date: February 14, 2018

    Time: 10:00 am 11:00 am

    Place: Southbury Public Library

    100 Poverty Rd

    Southbury, CT 06488

    Nonfiction book club and discussion. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the

    Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly.

    Historic Freeman Houses of Little Liberia

    Date: February 15, 2018

    Time: 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

    Place: Connecticut State Library

    231 Capitol Avenue

    Hartford, CT 06106

    Contact: Robert Kinney - (860) 757-6668)

    Maisa Tisdale, President of the Mary and Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community will give a

    talk on the Historic Freeman Houses of Little Liberia. Little Liberia was a community of freed blacks

    born in Connecticut, West Indians, Cape Verdeans, runaway enslaved persons from southern states, and

    remnants of Indian tribes from Connecticut and New York State. This village came to be known as

    Ethiope. By 1850 the community came to be known as Liberia, evidently reflecting the pride felt by its

    residents in helping their brethren on the road to freedom.

  • Slavery in America and the Underground Railroad

    Date: February 15, 2018

    Time: 6:30 pm 8:00 pm

    Place: Simsbury Public Library

    725 Hopmeadow Street

    Simsbury, CT 06070

    Dr. Don Rankin will chronicle the development of slavery in America and the heroic efforts of those who

    championed its abolishment, including his great-grandfather, Rev. John Rankin.

    Her Words Changed the World Harriet Beecher Stowe

    Date: February 15, 2018

    Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

    Place: Torrington Library

    12 Daycoeton Place

    Torrington, CT 06790

    The talk covers Stowes life, her childhood, family, education, marriage and motherhood and her

    inspiration to write Uncle Toms Cabin and the lasting impact of its message.

    A Black American Revolutionary War Experience

    Date: February 17, 2018

    Time: 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

    Place: Silas Bronson Library

    267 Grand Street

    Waterbury, CT 06702

    In this all-ages performance, Kevin Johnson of the Connecticut State Library reenacts the life and times

    of Jordan Freeman, an African American born in 1732 in Old Lyme, who served during the Revolutionary

    War.

    PBS Film Series Part II Jackie Robinson

    Date: February 20, 2018

    Time: 2:00 pm 4:00 pm

    Place: Torrington Library

    12 Daycoeton Place

    Torrington, CT 06790

    The showing at Torrington Library is sponsored by the Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards Fund, a fund of

    Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, Inc.

  • Africa Explains: African Folklore Storytelling

    Date: February 22, 2018

    Time: 4:45 pm

    Place: Easton Public Library

    691 Morehouse Road

    Easton, CT 06612

    Featuring acclaimed solo performer Ade Anthony Thompson and New Haven Master African Drummer

    Brian Jarwa Gray with an introduction by Africa Explains Project Manager, Julia Santos!

    Journey Writers Tell the Whole Story: Queer Black History

    Date: February 22

    Time: 5:30, Performance: 6:00-7:00 pm

    Place: Hartford Public Library

    500 Main Street

    Hartford, CT 06103

    Contact: (860) 695-6300

    Journey Writers, a nonprofit organization to encourage writers, will present the stories of five LGBTQ

    historical figures of African descent. Andre Keitt directs and also presents his piece on Bayard Rustin, a

    leader in civil and gay rights, pacifism, and chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, where

    Martin Luther King Jr. delivered is I have a dream speech. Regina Dyton will present the story of

    comedian Jackie Moms Mabley; Brandon Burke will present his piece on poet, novelist and playwright

    Langston Hughes; Jacqueline Davis will tell us about Marsha P. Johnson, a gay liberation activist and

    drag queen; and Mel Thomas will present a narrative about singer Johnny Mathis.

    Stories of Hope: From Rwanda to America

    Date: February 22, 2018

    Time: 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

    Place: Fairfield Museum and History Center

    370 Beach Road

    Fairfield, CT 06824

    Award-winning senior political reporter for WSHU, Ebong Udoma, will moderate a discussion with

    siblings Daniel Trust (Ndamwizeye) and Evelyn Mukasonga. Daniel and Evelyn, refugees from the

    genocide in Rwanda, will share their experiences of hope and survival amidst the brutal massacre of the

    Tutsi people in the 1990s and reflect on establishing new roots in Connecticut.

  • Going Forth Black History Month Jazz Concert

    Date: February 24, 2018

    Time: 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

    Place: Silas Bronson Library

    267 Grand Street

    Waterbury, CT 06702

    Jazz pianist Fred Simmons & Friends hook up with Waterburys Fran McIntyre at Silas Bronson Library

    in Waterbury.

    Music, Art & Dance: A Winter Movie Series Let Freedom Sing How Music Inspired the

    Civil Rights Movement

    Date: February 26, 2018

    Time: 2:00 pm 3:30 pm

    Place: Danbury Library

    170 Main Street

    Danbury, CT 06810

    Contact: Richter Arts Association - (203) 797-4505, X 7730

    Film Selection: Let Freedom Sing How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement

    They raise their voices in song against inequality and racism. They gave the civil rights movement its

    anthems and its soul. They were the singers and songwriters who fought for change and gave us songs

    like Blowin in the Wind, Oh Freedom, People get Ready, A Change is Gonna Come, Get Up Stand Up

    and We Shall Overcome. Those songs and many others are at the core of this exclusive feature-length

    movie Actor Louis Gossett, Jr. narrates the film.

    Breaking Barriers, A Discussion

    Date: February 27, 2018

    Time: 5:30-7:00 pm

    Place: Hartford History Center

    Hartford Public Library

    500 Main Street

    Hartford, CT 06103

    Contact: (860) 695-6300

    Join Charmaine Craig, known as Hartfords Tree Lady, and Patricia Kelly, Ebony Horsewomen, who are

    featured in "Breaking Barriers," a book published by Aetna which celebrates African-American notables.

    Floyd W. Green III, Vice President and Head of Community Activation & Local Marketing for Aetna,

    will moderate a discussion. Images from the book will be on display in February in the glass cases outside

    the Hartford History Center.

  • Freedom: Storytime for All (Children)

    Date: February 27, 2018

    Time: 10:30 a.m.

    Place: Simsbury Public Library

    725 Hopmeadow Street

    Simsbury, CT 06070

    Celebrating Black History Month with a themed story time about freedom. Join us for stories,

    songs, finger plays and movement. Drop in. Road to Equality Display (All Ages) Come and

    experience the Road to Equality display.

    The Trials of Tobias Trout: African Americans in the Civil War Performed by Terry

    Date: February 28, 2018

    Time: 6:30 pm

    Place: Hagaman Libary

    227 Main Street

    East Haven, CT 06512

    Contact: (203) 468-3890

    This true life thirty minute historical piece features a dramatic re-enactment focusing on the experiences

    of an escaped slave who makes his way north and later enlists in the Union army during the American

    Civil War. This special theatrical event is being held in celebration of Black History Month. It is free and

    open to everyone, seating is limited, so please call and reserve your seat.

  • Quinnipiac University

    February 6, 2018

    7:00pm to 8:00pm

    Athletic Center

    Burt Kahn Court

    Mount Carmel Camp...

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