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<ul><li><p>2018 Black History Month Events in Connecticut </p><p>African-American History opens minds and changes lives through the exploration and </p><p>celebration of African American history and culture. Throughout the month, events such as </p><p>films, lectures, exhibits, receptions, theater performances, book readings, concerts and much </p><p>more will be held around the state. There are plenty of events to delve into while celebrating and </p><p>learning about African-American culture during Black History Month. See below for a list of </p><p>events that are being held this month here in Connecticut. </p></li><li><p>Conversation with Dr. Khaliah Brown-Dean </p><p>Date: February 1, 2018 </p><p>Time: 2:00 pm </p><p>Place: Center for Contemporary Culture </p><p> Hartford Public Library </p><p>500 Main Street </p><p> Hartford, CT 06103 </p><p> Contact: (860) 695-6300 </p><p>Dr. Khaliah Brown-Dean is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University in </p><p>Connecticut. She is a frequent guest on The Wheelhouse politics show on WNPR. Crystal Hayes, a </p><p>doctoral student at the UConn School of Social Work, who teaches at Smith College for Social Work, will </p><p>be the moderator. </p><p>Black History Month Art Exhibition &amp; Reception </p><p>Date: February 4, 2018 </p><p>Time: 1:00pm 3:00pm </p><p>Place: Stamford Campus </p><p>Contact: Picture That Art Consultants (203) 977-8203 </p><p>Annual Black History Month Art Exhibition and Community Reception! Open and free to the public, </p><p>students ranging from grades K-12 and from various cultural backgrounds, have submitted wonderful </p><p>works of art for this exciting and educational exhibition. </p><p>Book Lovers Circle The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead </p><p>Date: February 7, 2018 </p><p>Time: 7:30 pm 9:00 pm </p><p>Place: Durham Public Library </p><p>7 Maple Avenue </p><p> Durham, CT 06422 </p><p>Discussion of The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. The discussion will be held in the </p><p>Activity Room of the Library. All are welcome. Copies of the book will be available at the check-out </p><p>desk. </p></li><li><p>Year of Wonders Book Discussion Group Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi </p><p>Date: February 8, 2018 </p><p>Time: 10:30 a.m. </p><p>Place: Easton Public Library </p><p>691 Morehouse Road </p><p> Easton, CT 06612 </p><p>Discussion of Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi in the Easton Public Library conference room. Copies of the </p><p>book will be available, stop by the circulation desk to check out a copy of the book prior to the </p><p>discussion. </p><p>Performance by slam poet Lakiyra Williams </p><p>Date: February 8, 2018 </p><p>Time: 6:00pm 8:00pm </p><p>Place: Stamford Campus - Gen Re Auditorium (A) </p><p>Contact: Ingrid Semaan, ingrid.semaan@uconn.edu </p><p>Lakiyra (Oompa) Williams is a slam poet and hip-hop artist from Roxbury who is now a resident of </p><p>Cambridge. She is hood, queer, black, womynist, orphan, auntie, sister, friend, and teacher. She is a </p><p>member of the 2016 Haley House National Poetry Slam Team, Flatline Poetry, an HipStory. Her work </p><p>grapples with the intersections and implications of her many identities, and the hope is that people can </p><p>feel her story and find their own. She has been featured at places like Bucknell University, Boston </p><p>University, Boston College, Mass. College of Art, and Berklee College of Music, as well as a number of </p><p>different venues in the Northeast region. </p><p>Connecticuts African American Heroines </p><p>Date: February 8, 2018 </p><p>Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. </p><p>Place: Torrington Library </p><p>12 Daycoeton Place </p><p> Torrington, CT 06790 </p><p>An interactive multi-media program by the Connecticut Womens Hall of Fame. Learn about some of </p><p>Connecticuts most remarkable African American heroines. Explore the important contributions of </p><p>African American women in Connecticut from womens rights advocate Maria Miller Stewart and </p><p>legendary contralto and Civil Rights catalyst Marian Anderson to pioneering journalist Adrianne </p><p>Baughns-Wallace and our current State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier. </p><p>mailto:ingrid.semaan@uconn.edu</p></li><li><p>Behind The Scenes Tour: Black History Beyond the Amistad at CHS </p><p>Date: February 10, 2018 </p><p>Time: 11:00 12:00 p.m. </p><p>Place: Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library </p><p>1 Elizabeth Street </p><p>Hartford, CT 06105 </p><p>Tours last approximately 1 hour and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Space is limited, and pre-</p><p>registration is required. </p><p>Her Words Changed the World Harriet Beecher Stowe </p><p>Date: February 11, 2018 </p><p>Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. </p><p>Place: Noah Webster Library </p><p>20 S Main Street </p><p> West Hartford, CT 06107 </p><p>Contact: Agatha Monahan x6997 </p><p>The talk covers Stowes life, her childhood, family, education, marriage and motherhood and her </p><p>inspiration to write Uncle Toms Cabin and the lasting impact of its message. </p><p>African Americans and the Impact of the Great Migration Lecture </p><p>Date: February 11, 2018 </p><p>Time: 2:00 pm 3:00 pm </p><p>Place: Norwalk Historical Society Museum </p><p>141 East Avenue </p><p> Norwalk, CT 06851 </p><p>Contact: (203) 846-0525 </p><p>In honor of Black History Month the Norwalk Historical Society will be hosting a lecture by Dr. Stacey </p><p>Close entitled: African Americans and the Impact of the Great Migration in the North and South. The </p><p>lecture will discuss reasons for the larger migration and also focus on the migrations impact on </p><p>Connecticut and the nation. Guests can also view the Museums exhibition: Destination Norwalk: </p><p>African-American Migration from the South, 1940-1970 which highlights the migration of 5 million </p><p>black Americans from southern states during the The Second Migration to urban industrial centers of </p><p>the North, Midwest and West. Some making their destination Norwalk, Connecticut. </p></li><li><p>Lecture Series: Langston Hughes and the American Dream with David Garnes </p><p>Date: February 11, 2018 </p><p>Time: 2:00 pm 3:30 pm </p><p>Place: Simsbury Public Library </p><p>725 Hopmeadow Street </p><p> Simsbury, CT 06070 </p><p>David Garnes presents a brief history of early Harlem and the Harlem Renaissance followed by a look at </p><p>Langston Hughes, the key figure in that movement. There will be reading and discussion of some of his </p><p>poems. </p><p>A Reading on Lincolns Birthday </p><p>Date: February 12, 2018 </p><p>Time: 5:30 pm 8:30 pm </p><p>Place: The Institute Library </p><p> 847 Chapel Street </p><p> New Haven, CT 06510 </p><p>Come celebrate Abraham Lincoln on his birthday, February 12th, in the same month as Frederick </p><p>Douglasss birth, at its 200th anniversary. Socializing, followed by readings, conversation, and cake. </p><p>Please register online in advance. </p><p>Connecticuts African American Heroines </p><p>Date: February 13, 2018 </p><p>Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. </p><p>Place: Cheshire Public Library </p><p> 104 Main Street </p><p>Cheshire, CT 06410 </p><p>An interactive multi-media program by the Connecticut Womens Hall of Fame. Learn about some of </p><p>Connecticuts most remarkable African American heroines. Explore the important contributions of </p><p>African American women in Connecticut from womens rights advocate Maria Miller Stewart and </p><p>legendary contralto and Civil Rights catalyst Marian Anderson to pioneering journalist Adrianne </p><p>Baughns-Wallace and our current State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier. </p></li><li><p>Hartford Hip Hop Digital Stories: Screening &amp; Discussion </p><p>Date: February 13, 2018 </p><p>Time: 5:30-7:30 pm </p><p>Pace: Hartford History Center </p><p> Hartford Public Library </p><p>500 Main Street </p><p>Hartford, CT 06103 </p><p> Contact: (860) 695-6300 </p><p>View and discuss short films by Trinity college students featuring seven Hartford Hip Hop pioneers: </p><p>Myron Moye, Tony Villarini, Rick Torres, Empress Nijuabi, Dooney Bates, Janice Flemming, and Mike </p><p>Nice. Digital stories, full interviews, transcripts, and photographs will be archived at the Hartford History </p><p>Center at Hartford Public Library. This project was created in collaboration with Professor Seth Markles </p><p>Global Hip Hop Cultures fall 2017 course at Trinity College and Tim Wolf. </p><p>Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women </p><p>Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly </p><p>Date: February 14, 2018 </p><p>Time: 10:00 am 11:00 am </p><p>Place: Southbury Public Library </p><p> 100 Poverty Rd </p><p> Southbury, CT 06488 </p><p>Nonfiction book club and discussion. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the </p><p>Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. </p><p>Historic Freeman Houses of Little Liberia </p><p>Date: February 15, 2018 </p><p>Time: 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm </p><p>Place: Connecticut State Library </p><p>231 Capitol Avenue </p><p>Hartford, CT 06106 </p><p>Contact: Robert Kinney - (860) 757-6668) </p><p>Maisa Tisdale, President of the Mary and Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community will give a </p><p>talk on the Historic Freeman Houses of Little Liberia. Little Liberia was a community of freed blacks </p><p>born in Connecticut, West Indians, Cape Verdeans, runaway enslaved persons from southern states, and </p><p>remnants of Indian tribes from Connecticut and New York State. This village came to be known as </p><p>Ethiope. By 1850 the community came to be known as Liberia, evidently reflecting the pride felt by its </p><p>residents in helping their brethren on the road to freedom. </p></li><li><p>Slavery in America and the Underground Railroad </p><p>Date: February 15, 2018 </p><p>Time: 6:30 pm 8:00 pm </p><p>Place: Simsbury Public Library </p><p>725 Hopmeadow Street </p><p>Simsbury, CT 06070 </p><p>Dr. Don Rankin will chronicle the development of slavery in America and the heroic efforts of those who </p><p>championed its abolishment, including his great-grandfather, Rev. John Rankin. </p><p>Her Words Changed the World Harriet Beecher Stowe </p><p>Date: February 15, 2018 </p><p>Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. </p><p>Place: Torrington Library </p><p>12 Daycoeton Place </p><p> Torrington, CT 06790 </p><p>The talk covers Stowes life, her childhood, family, education, marriage and motherhood and her </p><p>inspiration to write Uncle Toms Cabin and the lasting impact of its message. </p><p>A Black American Revolutionary War Experience </p><p> Date: February 17, 2018 </p><p>Time: 2:00 pm 3:00 pm </p><p>Place: Silas Bronson Library </p><p> 267 Grand Street </p><p> Waterbury, CT 06702 </p><p>In this all-ages performance, Kevin Johnson of the Connecticut State Library reenacts the life and times </p><p>of Jordan Freeman, an African American born in 1732 in Old Lyme, who served during the Revolutionary </p><p>War. </p><p>PBS Film Series Part II Jackie Robinson </p><p>Date: February 20, 2018 </p><p>Time: 2:00 pm 4:00 pm </p><p>Place: Torrington Library </p><p> 12 Daycoeton Place </p><p>Torrington, CT 06790 </p><p>The showing at Torrington Library is sponsored by the Marion Wm. &amp; Alice Edwards Fund, a fund of </p><p>Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, Inc. </p></li><li><p>Africa Explains: African Folklore Storytelling </p><p>Date: February 22, 2018 </p><p>Time: 4:45 pm </p><p>Place: Easton Public Library </p><p> 691 Morehouse Road </p><p> Easton, CT 06612 </p><p>Featuring acclaimed solo performer Ade Anthony Thompson and New Haven Master African Drummer </p><p>Brian Jarwa Gray with an introduction by Africa Explains Project Manager, Julia Santos! </p><p>Journey Writers Tell the Whole Story: Queer Black History </p><p>Date: February 22 </p><p>Time: 5:30, Performance: 6:00-7:00 pm </p><p>Place: Hartford Public Library </p><p>500 Main Street </p><p> Hartford, CT 06103 </p><p> Contact: (860) 695-6300 </p><p>Journey Writers, a nonprofit organization to encourage writers, will present the stories of five LGBTQ </p><p>historical figures of African descent. Andre Keitt directs and also presents his piece on Bayard Rustin, a </p><p>leader in civil and gay rights, pacifism, and chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, where </p><p>Martin Luther King Jr. delivered is I have a dream speech. Regina Dyton will present the story of </p><p>comedian Jackie Moms Mabley; Brandon Burke will present his piece on poet, novelist and playwright </p><p>Langston Hughes; Jacqueline Davis will tell us about Marsha P. Johnson, a gay liberation activist and </p><p>drag queen; and Mel Thomas will present a narrative about singer Johnny Mathis. </p><p>Stories of Hope: From Rwanda to America </p><p>Date: February 22, 2018 </p><p>Time: 6:00 pm 8:00 pm </p><p>Place: Fairfield Museum and History Center </p><p> 370 Beach Road </p><p> Fairfield, CT 06824 </p><p>Award-winning senior political reporter for WSHU, Ebong Udoma, will moderate a discussion with </p><p>siblings Daniel Trust (Ndamwizeye) and Evelyn Mukasonga. Daniel and Evelyn, refugees from the </p><p>genocide in Rwanda, will share their experiences of hope and survival amidst the brutal massacre of the </p><p>Tutsi people in the 1990s and reflect on establishing new roots in Connecticut. </p></li><li><p>Going Forth Black History Month Jazz Concert </p><p>Date: February 24, 2018 </p><p>Time: 2:00 pm 3:00 pm </p><p>Place: Silas Bronson Library </p><p> 267 Grand Street </p><p> Waterbury, CT 06702 </p><p>Jazz pianist Fred Simmons &amp; Friends hook up with Waterburys Fran McIntyre at Silas Bronson Library </p><p>in Waterbury. </p><p>Music, Art &amp; Dance: A Winter Movie Series Let Freedom Sing How Music Inspired the </p><p>Civil Rights Movement </p><p>Date: February 26, 2018 </p><p>Time: 2:00 pm 3:30 pm </p><p>Place: Danbury Library </p><p>170 Main Street </p><p> Danbury, CT 06810 </p><p>Contact: Richter Arts Association - (203) 797-4505, X 7730 </p><p>Film Selection: Let Freedom Sing How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement </p><p>They raise their voices in song against inequality and racism. They gave the civil rights movement its </p><p>anthems and its soul. They were the singers and songwriters who fought for change and gave us songs </p><p>like Blowin in the Wind, Oh Freedom, People get Ready, A Change is Gonna Come, Get Up Stand Up </p><p>and We Shall Overcome. Those songs and many others are at the core of this exclusive feature-length </p><p>movie Actor Louis Gossett, Jr. narrates the film. </p><p>Breaking Barriers, A Discussion </p><p>Date: February 27, 2018 </p><p>Time: 5:30-7:00 pm </p><p>Place: Hartford History Center </p><p> Hartford Public Library </p><p>500 Main Street </p><p>Hartford, CT 06103 </p><p>Contact: (860) 695-6300 </p><p>Join Charmaine Craig, known as Hartfords Tree Lady, and Patricia Kelly, Ebony Horsewomen, who are </p><p>featured in "Breaking Barriers," a book published by Aetna which celebrates African-American notables. </p><p>Floyd W. Green III, Vice President and Head of Community Activation &amp; Local Marketing for Aetna, </p><p>will moderate a discussion. Images from the book will be on display in February in the glass cases outside </p><p>the Hartford History Center. </p></li><li><p>Freedom: Storytime for All (Children) </p><p>Date: February 27, 2018 </p><p>Time: 10:30 a.m. </p><p>Place: Simsbury Public Library </p><p>725 Hopmeadow Street </p><p> Simsbury, CT 06070 </p><p>Celebrating Black History Month with a themed story time about freedom. Join us for stories, </p><p>songs, finger plays and movement. Drop in. Road to Equality Display (All Ages) Come and </p><p>experience the Road to Equality display. </p><p>The Trials of Tobias Trout: African Americans in the Civil War Performed by Terry </p><p>Date: February 28, 2018 </p><p>Time: 6:30 pm </p><p>Place: Hagaman Libary </p><p>227 Main Street </p><p> East Haven, CT 06512 </p><p>Contact: (203) 468-3890 </p><p>This true life thirty minute historical piece features a dramatic re-enactment focusing on the experiences </p><p>of an escaped slave who makes his way north and later enlists in the Union army during the American </p><p>Civil War. This special theatrical event is being held in celebration of Black History Month. It is free and </p><p>open to everyone, seating is limited, so please call and reserve your seat. </p></li><li><p>Quinnipiac University </p><p>February 6, 2018 </p><p>7:00pm to 8:00pm </p><p>Athletic Center </p><p>Burt Kahn Court </p><p>Mount Carmel Camp...</p></li></ul>