- Heather McCue
Whether it's the Sweethearts of Rhythm or Sasha Fierce herself, find out more about the African-American women who have made their mark on music. The Fab Five titles listed below feature Harlem's Little Blackbird, the Queen of Gospel, the First Lady of Song, America's #1 All-Girl Orchestra and an R & B Superstar. Celebrate African-American Music Appreciation month by reading, listening and even downloading (--Freegal has 5 free downloads waiting for you with music by Beyonce, Mahalia Jackson and Ella Fitzgerald--) these fierce females who have changed the face of our music and culture forever.
- Quincy Pugh
Beat the heat! Join us every third Thursday evening, June through August, at 7:00 p.m. in Film and Sound for our free summer concert series. Jazz ambassador, Skipp Pearson, will kick off the series with a performance in observance of African-American Music Appreciation Month. Pearson’s foundation is instrumental in promoting the art form of live jazz music and providing performance opportunities for young musicians.
- Debbie Bloom
Peg Leg Bates was a world famous dancer from Fountain Head, SC. He appeared 15 times on the Ed Sullivan Show and danced twice for the King and Queen of England. What set him apart from other tap dancers was his wooden leg.
- Debbie Bloom
Eartha Kitt began her 1956 biography, Thursday's Child, with this simple fact:
A great starting point for students or casual readers looking for a introduction to the themes and discussions on Maya Angelou's autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Profiles contemporary and historic figures whose accomplishments will inspire students of every heritage. Covering the most prominent newsmakers as well as lesser-known individuals, each volume offers full biographical entries, portraits, addresses for living listees and recommended sources for further study.
- Crystal Johnson
The Main Library's Urban Readers Book Group is meeting on Tuesday, February
5th, from 6pm to 7pm to talk about The Help by Kathryn Stockett. If you've seen the movie, then you know The Help is a remarkable story about life in Mississippi during the civil rights era. Join us for an enjoyable discussion and light refreshments! Contact Crystal at 929-3400 for more information on the Urban Readers Book Group.
This book presents inspiring profiles of more than 25 African American religious leaders for young adults. This new addition to the "Black Stars" series tells the fascinating stories of African American religious leaders from different periods in history, including Peter Williams, a slave who helped establish the first black church in New York; Sojourner Truth, the abolitionist and former slave who spoke out for the rights of women and blacks; Henry McNeal Turner, the first black Chaplain in the U.S. Army; Martin Luther King, Jr., who preached for equality and nonviolence; and T. D. Jakes, whose ministries extend from Dallas, Texas, around the world; as well as many others. Jim Haskins was Professor of English at the University of Florida and wrote more than 100 nonfiction books for young readers. Kathleen Benson (New York, NY) is Director of Government and Community Relations at the Museum of the City of New York. Jim and Kathleen collaborated on more than 25 books.