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Celebrate Black History Month at Richland Library

Every February, Black History Month offers the opportunity to dwell on the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans. Join us at Richland Library for events that celebrate the history and culture of black Americans.

Black History Month Fair

A celebration of the richness of African American culture featuring music, storytelling, dance and more.

10:30 am – 3 pm, Saturday, January 28, Richland Library Main

Freedom Ain’t Free: Documentary Screening and Discussion

Join us for a screening of the 2014 documentary, Freedom Ain’t Free, written and produced by Eugene Washington, a local Columbia filmmaker. The film tells the story of several under-recognized Civil Rights heroes who paid extraordinary personal costs for the freedoms of all Americans. Mr. Washington will engage in a Q&A following the screening.

3:30 pm, Saturday, February 11, Richland Library Northeast

13th the Documentary

In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians explore our nation's history of racial injustice with an in-depth look at the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison system. Dr. Bobby Donaldson, Associate Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, will facilitate a community feedback discussion immediately after the film. This program is co-sponsored by the USC Center for Civil Rights History and Research. Seating is limited.

6 pm, Monday, February 13, Richland Library Main

Lunch and Listen

Bring your lunch and listen to Katera, a singer/songwriter. Her music is a blend of modern R&B and jazzy acoustic pop.

12:30-1:30 pm, Thursday, February 16, Richland Library Main

Jazz with J’Michael: A Celebration of African-American Music

Drop in and enjoy an evening with local guitarist and author, J'Michael Peeples, as he covers the music of some of the greatest African American performers and songwriters. You'll also be delighted by some of his original hits.

6 pm, Thursday, February 16, Richland Library Wheatley

Voices of Our People

Celebrate Black History Month and African-American cultures with songs, poems, and speeches performed by people in our community.

3 pm, Saturday, February 18, Richland Library North Main

African-American Stories

Enjoy stories, songs and more about the African American experience.

10:30 am, Saturday, February 18, Richland Library Main

Voices of Our People

Bring your family and celebrate the richness of the past, present and future influences of African-American culture with craft, stories, music and more.

6 pm, Monday, February 20, Richland Library Southeast

Stitching History

Explore the history of art quilting and the Civil Rights movement in Gees Bend through picture books and a hands-on stitching workshop. The program is open to teens, tweens, adults, and families with children old enough to use needles and sharp scissors.

6 pm, Tuesday, February 21, Richland Library Northeast

A Song for Coretta

The NiA Company presents a reading of the play A Song for Coretta by Pearl Cleage. Directed by Bonita Peeples, this show tells the story of 5 very different women connected by their grief as they wait in line to pay tribute to a Civil Rights icon.

3 pm, Saturday, February 25, Richland Library North Main

Music on 1st Level of Main, Saturdays from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

February 4 – Tiffany J, singing

February 11 – Rodney Foster, Jr., guitar

February 18 – Akiliah Johnson, guitar

February 25 – Darius Starks, saxophone