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Fri, Feb 2 - Thu, May 10
Main
Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited, is a multimedia exhibition dedicated to sharing the tradition of African-American philanthropy.  Comprising highly innovative presentations of over a dozen vignette stories and more than 50 black-and-white images, the exhibition conjures philanthropic musings across generations; explores a broad range of topics; and ignites a movement of conscious philanthropy by empowering Americans to recognize their power and responsibility to give back. The groundbreaking exhibit was inspired by the award-winning book, Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African-American Philanthropists, written by Valaida Fullwood with photographer Charles Thomas. The 400-page hardcover book celebrates the giving spirit through photography and stories that honor a centuries-old cultural custom.  After a nationwide tour, Columbia will serve as South Carolina’s inaugural host. Designed by Atlanta-based curator and visual artist, Tracy Murrell, the Columbia showing was made possible in part by Women Engaged SC, the Central Carolina Community Foundation and Richland Library.  The Soul of Philanthropy was developed under the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Museum Grants for African American History and Culture. The James B. Duke Memorial Library at Johnson C. Smith University, in partnership with author Valaida Fullwood, photographer Charles W. Thomas Jr. and New Generation of African American Philanthropists, managed the exhibition under its inaugural, IMLS grant-funded national tour, 2015-2016.
Art in the Library, Black History Month
Adults
3:00 pm
Sun, Feb 25
Main
Auditorium
"Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at the Owens Funeral Home in Harlem and the rural South, director Christine Turner’s Homegoings takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration. It reveals the special status of undertakers in the community; borne out of their permanence, their economic stability, and the necessities of the segregation period. Combining cinéma vérité with intimate interviews and archival photographs, featuring an evocative score by Daniel Roumain, the film paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones 'home.'"
Movies, Black History Month
Adults
6:30 pm
Thu, Mar 1
Main
Auditorium
Don’t miss this world premiere of an original play by Marvin McAllister, USC professor and playwright. In 1822, an African American theater company attempts to mount a brand new drama. Despite professional jealousies, real muskets, romantic (carnal) intrigue, real fire, a thoroughly abusive theater manager, and an embedded felon constantly on the run, our intrepid troupe remains committed to seeing how it all ends. *This collaboration with the Columbia community is made possible by a USC Provost Office’s Creative and Performing Arts Grant.
Black History Month, Performance
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:30 pm
Thu, Mar 22
North Main
Large Meeting Space
In the early 1920's Matilda Griffin moved to Columbia after losing 2 sons in WWI. She turned her loss into a passion advocating for the rights of African American veterans in the Capital City. While her voice is now forgotten her story can be pieced together and is remembered in this presentation from Richland Library's Walker Local and Family History Center.
Local History, Genealogy, Black History Month
Programs for Adults, Adults, Programs for Families