February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the past and present achievements of Black Americans throughout US history. The event was originally celebrated for only a week beginning February 1926 when it aimed to encompass the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Fifty years later, in 1976, the week would grow to become a month-long event and people have been celebrating ever since. So how are we honoring Black History Month at SCPL? Below you will find a list of library events that are meant to inspire education and understanding about this important month.
Black Authors Poster Exhibit: We will be hosting a special poster exhibit that celebrates the contributions Black American authors have made to our shelves here at Scott County Public Library and beyond! The poster exhibit will feature both award winning and lesser-known works by Black American authors for all ages. From picture books to adult fiction, visitors will discover fantastic stories of perseverance and hope, as well as learn about the people who wrote them. Whether you’re looking for your new favorite book or just want to learn more about Black American authors, come visit this vibrant display of literature during the month of February! You can find this display in the main library.
Discover! Black History Month: Celebrate Black History Month with Julia and Yolanda by learning about the civil rights movement as well as important Black leaders and figures. Participants will also create a small craft. Discover! Programs are designed for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in mind. Registration is required– participants’ caregivers need to be present and register for the class as well. Ages 16 and older.
Historical Program, George Washington Carver and His Gardening Innovations: One of the greatest geniuses of American horticulture was scientist and inventor George Washington Carver, most famous perhaps for the hundreds of industrial uses he found for the lowly peanut. Although born into slavery, Carver became the first African American to earn a Bachelor of Science degree, a Masters of Agriculture degree and serve as a faculty member at Iowa State College. He was later invited by Booker T. Washington to become the first director of the agriculture department at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. His discoveries with agriculture were truly transformative but he also toured the South to promote racial harmony and discussed nutrition in developing nations with Mahatma Gandhi. Join master Jim Embry on Thursday, February 23 as he shares his extensive knowledge of Carver and his ingenious gardening techniques.
Historical Program, African Americans in the Civil War: Dr. Alicestyne Turley presents a fascinating story of African Americans, both enslaved and free, who put it all on the line in their effort to bring freedom to all. Join us for this presentation on the role of black Kentuckians who individually lived extraordinary lives and collectively made a difference in this tragic war. Dr. Turley is the Freedom Story Project Director for the International Storytelling Center in Clay City, Kentucky and a member of the Kentucky Speakers Bureau. This presentation is made possible by the Kentucky Humanities Council and its various generous sponsors.