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<ul><li><p>8/13/2019 Black History Month Programs!</p><p> 1/2</p><p>February 1 | 12 pmKickoff Celebration!February is a fantastic time to recognize the contributions and history of African Americans. Join us for a</p><p>fun-filled and family-friendly afternoon of crafts, games, food and conversation. Dont miss a very special</p><p>performance of Billy Strayhorns Take the A Train by blues singer Richard Wilson and a tribute to the late</p><p>South African President Nelson Mandela.</p><p>Films</p><p>February 4 | 12:15 pmThe Reel StoryAn African American homicide expert is asked to help solve the murder of a wealthy businessman and</p><p>finds himself in an uneasy alliance with a small town Southern sheriff. Starring Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger</p><p>and Lee Grant. (1967)</p><p>February 11 | 12:15 pmThe Reel StoryThis charming and uplifting comedy is based on the true story of Jamaica's first Olympic bobsled team.</p><p>Starring Doug E. Doug and John Candy. (1993)</p><p>February 18 | 12:15 pmThe Reel StoryCecil Gaines, a devoted husband and father, served as a White House butler for eight Presidential</p><p>administrations during the turbulent politics and civil rights battles of twentieth century America.</p><p>Starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. (2013)</p><p>February 25 | 12:15 pmSlavery by Another NameThis documentary challenges one of America's most cherished assumptionsthe belief that slavery in the</p><p>U.S. ended with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamationby telling the harrowing story of how, in</p><p>the South, a new system of involuntary servitude took its place with shocking force. Presented by PBS.</p><p>DOWNTOWN &amp; BUSINESS612 Smithfield StreetPittsburgh PA 15206</p><p>Celebrate Black History Month @ your Library!</p><p>(continued on other side)</p><p>Want to know more? Ask a librarian. 412.281.7141. | |</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 Black History Month Programs!</p><p> 2/2</p><p>Speakers</p><p>February 8 | 2:3 pmInside Twelve Years a Slave: A Conversation with Clayton AdamsThe novel Twelve Years a Slave follows the personal account of Solomon Northup, a prominent free black</p><p>man living in upstate New York, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841. Separated from his</p><p>wife and children, Solomon spent twelve long years of suffering, degradation, whippings and hard labor as</p><p>a slave in Louisiana before he was rescued. Join Clayton Adams, descendent of Solomon Northup, as hediscusses this heroic and very real story that has captured audiences throughout time.</p><p>February 13 | 12:15 pmGetting Started in African American Genealogy ResearchIf youre trying to trace your African roots and are running into brick walls with do-it yourself genealogical</p><p>research or just dont know where to begin, this session is for you! Marilyn Holt of the Carnegie Library of</p><p>Pittsburghs Pennsylvania Department will discuss various methods and library resources that can aid</p><p>those searching, with limited information, for ancestors who were enslaved or emancipated.</p><p>February 22 | 2:3 pmMeet the Filmmakers: Game Changers ProjectThe Game Changers Project is a nonprofit organization and media fellowship partially funded by the HeinzEndowment that celebrates and supports Pittsburgh African American filmmakers. Join us for a film</p><p>screening that will feature four local filmmakers and their documentary projects followed by a panel</p><p>discussion with the filmmakers themselves.</p><p>Book Discussions</p><p>February 19 | 12:15 pmSmithfield Critics Book Discussion Group:A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. GainesIn a small Cajun community in the late 1940s, Jefferson, a young black man, is an unwitting party to a</p><p>liquor store shoot out. The only survivor, he is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins,who left his hometown for the university, has returned to the plantation school to teach. As he struggles</p><p>with his decision whether to stay, his aunt and Jefferson's godmother persuade him to impart his learning</p><p>and his pride to Je-erson before his death. The two men forge a bond as they come to understand the</p><p>simple heroism of resistingand defyingthe expected.</p><p>Celebrate Black History Month @ your Library!</p><p>DOWNTOWN &amp; BUSINESS612 Smithfield StreetPittsburgh PA 15206</p><p>(continued on other side)</p><p>Want to know more? Ask a librarian. 412.281.7141. | |</p></li></ul>