Let’s get a Head Start on Black History Month

With Black History Month fast approaching in February, Dayton Metro Library has an exhibit and a new cooking series that will begin this month.

Freed Will Exhibit by the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, opens a new window is a traveling exhibit that will be on display in the Main Library’s Opportunity Space @ St. Clair from Tuesday, January 16 to Thursday, February 29. The exhibit demonstrates one of the largest emancipations in American history when nearly 400 formerly enslaved people journeyed from Charlotte County, Virginia to Ohio’s Miami Valley.

Explore their history from freedom, their grueling pilgrimage, legal battles, and community building into the present day in this exhibit that is free and open to the public.

Cooking Classes with Afromeals: Evening in Jamaica is a new cooking series that will be at several Branches. Learn about Jamaican cooking by creating Callaloo and Plantain, a dish that is also made in the Caribbean and certain West African countries. Callaloo is a Jamaican spinach that is prepared with peppers, onions, and garlic. It is paired with fried plantain (from the banana family).

Registration is required for the following sessions:
Vandalia Branch, Thursday, February 8, 3:15-4:15 pm (Teens) – only a few spots remain
Burkhardt Branch, Tuesday, February 13, 4-5 pm (Grades 1-4) – registration begins Sunday, January 14
Brookville Branch, Tuesday, February 20, 6-7 pm (Adults) – registration begins Sunday, January 21
Huber Heights Branch, Thursday, February 22, 6-7 pm (Adults) – registration begins Tuesday, January 23
Patrons who are interested in the cooking program should register as soon as it opens, as previous sessions have filled up quickly.

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