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Black History Events Free at Dayton Metro Library

lynfordWhile Black History Month is officially recognized as the month of February, Dayton Metro Library offers programs and events that celebrate African American history and culture throughout the year. From using African American Genealogy Databases for family history research, to a unique “Affrilachian” storyteller, there are free activities for all ages to enjoy.

Here are a few of the highlights:

Storytelling: Affrilachian Tales
Lyn Ford is a nationally recognized Affrilachian storyteller extradordinaire! Sit back and enjoy Ms. Ford’s “home-fried” folktales and original stories rooted in her family’s multicultural traditions. Children and adults alike will enjoy this heartwarming, humorous program.
Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 - 11 a.m. | Northwest Branch
Saturday, Feb. 23, 1 - 2 p.m. | Northwest Branch
Saturday, Feb. 23, 4 - 5 p.m. | West Carrollton Branch

African Dance: A Communal Celebration
Enjoy a lively African Dance Performance, then learn a short routine and dance with us! Presented by Anna Omulo and a Wright State University dance troupe. All ages welcome.
Saturday, February  23, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | Main Library, Bassani Theater
Saturday, March 23, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | Northwest Branch

Genealogy Databases: African American Heritage
AAH focuses on African American family history and includes census records, vital records, Freedman and slave records, church records and legal records. Learn to use this and other online resources for your family history research. Adults.
Saturday, February  2 & April 13, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Miamisburg Branch
Monday, February  4, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Main Library, Tech Lab

Sunday Movie @ Main
Anita: Speaking Truth To Power
Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, this documentary celebrates Anita Hill's legacy and provides a rare glimpse into her private life and career. Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, the film reveals the story of a woman who has empowered millions to stand up for equality and justice. Adults.
Sunday, March 17, 1:30 p.m., | Main Library, Eichelberger Forum


Telling A People’s Story – African American Children’s Illustrated Literature
Highlights of the first major museum exhibition devoted to the artwork in African American children’s picture books, including paintings, pastels, drawings and mixed media. This traveling panel exhibit is presented by Miami University Art Museum.
May 7 - June 6 | Main Library
June 7 - July 6 | Northwest Branch


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