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Poetry Experience with James E. Tokley

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
West Tampa
Tony Garcia Jr. Community Room
Join Tampa-Hillsborough’s Poet Laureate, James E. Tokley as he discusses and reads from his collection of memorable poetry.  Combining history and poetry to create his own genre called “Histoetry”, Mr Tokley’s multimedia presentation will engage and inspire audiences. Copies of Mr. Tokley’s books will be available for purchase after the event.

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Stageworks Presents: African American Greats Tour

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Robert W. Saunders, Sr.
Ada T. Payne Community Room A & B

This program features two professional actors who will perform monologues as five notables of African American History:  Mary McLeod Bethune, Dr. Charles Drew, Madam C.J. Walker, Jackie Robinson and Rosa Parks. These exceptional individuals struggled to overcome prejudice and racial barriers to excel in their chosen fields: education (McLeod Bethune), science and research (Drew), business and philanthropy (Walker), and sports (Robinson), as well as using their talents to break color barriers and advance civil rights (Parks).  After the program, there will be a “talk back” during which the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their reactions with the actors. This program is free to the public. 

Presented in partnership with Stageworks and their sponsor Wells-Fargo Bank.  
Refreshments provided by Tampa Metropolitan Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
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Introduction to African American Genealogy

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Introduction to African American Genealogy
Robert W. Saunders, Sr.
Computer Lab
An introduction to the library's online resources available to learn about your African American ancestors. Discover research hints and strategies, and learn how to organize your data. A tour of the African American History & Genealogy Library will follow the presentation.  
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Buffalo Soldiers: African Americans in Times of War

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Seminole Heights
Community Room A and B

Join us as Mr. Frank Bell discusses the history of the Buffalo Soldiers. The Buffalo Soldiers consisted of two regiments of an all-black cavalry, the 9th and 10th cavalries, which formed in 1866 and allowed African Americans to enlist in the military.

 

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Online Class: 20 African Americans Who Changed History

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Robert W. Saunders, Sr.
Computer Lab
Learning Circles are study groups for people who want to take online courses together, in person.  This learning circle will meet for 4 weeks to work through Universal Class, examining the lives of 20 people who faced much adversity and dedicated their lives to create a better America. Work at your own pace in a low-pressure environment with other learners.

No prior experience necessary.
Must read at a high school reading level.
One-time registration for the four session course is required.  Class size is limited to 12
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Book Discussion: Hidden Figures by Margot Shetterly

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Seminole Heights
Community Room A

Before John Glenn orbited Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia, and entering the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.

Funded by the Friends of the Seminole Heights Library

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Tampa Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS)

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
AAHGS Logo
Robert W. Saunders, Sr.
Ada T. Payne Community Room B
The Tampa Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. will hold a monthly meeting from 1- 4 P.M.  The meeting is open to all interested in African American genealogy and family history.  "Ask a Genealogist" assistance will be provided from 12-1 P.M. and from 4-5 P.M.  

Presented in partnership with the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. 

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Kuumba Dancers And Drummers

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Jimmie B. Keel
Community Room C and D
Celebrate Black History Month with the Kuumba Dancers and Drummers on a cultural journey filled with live traditional African music, dance, storytelling and audience participation. A wonderful experience for all ages! 

Funded by the Friends of the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library.

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Sunday Book Club: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Jan Kaminis Platt
Witt Community Room A & B
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance.
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Online Class: 20 African Americans Who Changed History

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Robert W. Saunders, Sr.
Computer Lab
Learning Circles are study groups for people who want to take online courses together, in person.  This learning circle will meet for 4 weeks to work through Universal Class, examining the lives of 20 people who faced much adversity and dedicated their lives to create a better America. Work at your own pace in a low-pressure environment with other learners.

No prior experience necessary.
Must read at a high school reading level.
One-time registration for the four session course is required.  Class size is limited to 12
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Book Discussion: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Riverview
Community Room

From the publisher:  A magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.  Copies of the book are available at the Service Desk. 


 

 

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Deep in My Heart: Music of the Civil Rights Movement

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Jan Kaminis Platt
Witt Community Room A & B

In this dynamic musical lecture, Dr. Naima Johnston-Bush covers the music of the Civil Rights movement, while highlighting the historical events that shaped the nation we live in today.

Funded by the Friends of the Jan Platt Library

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Everlasting Love: African Americans of Tampa

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
West Tampa
Tony Garcia Jr. Community Room

Local author Ersula Odom will speak about her new book, African Americans of Tampa, inspired by her love of Tampa's African American history. She will discuss the stories behind the photographs she selected for the book and her experience working with the library’s photographic collection.

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Saturday @ the Movies: Hidden Figures

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Temple Terrace Public Library
Meeting room
Hidden Figures, The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. Drinks and snacks will be provided. 
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Frederick Douglass: A Portrayal

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
SouthShore
Community Room 1
Join the library for a one man portrayal by Donald Dowridge of the life of one of America’s greatest icons, Frederick Douglass.  Douglass played a vital part in the freedom of slaves as well as becoming an accomplished lecturer, author, and publisher and Mr. Dowridge brings him to life in this educational program.

Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library 
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Online Class: 20 African Americans Who Changed History

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Robert W. Saunders, Sr.
Computer Lab
Learning Circles are study groups for people who want to take online courses together, in person.  This learning circle will meet for 4 weeks to work through Universal Class, examining the lives of 20 people who faced much adversity and dedicated their lives to create a better America. Work at your own pace in a low-pressure environment with other learners.

No prior experience necessary.
Must read at a high school reading level.
One-time registration for the four session course is required.  Class size is limited to 12
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Memoirs of an American Hero

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
New Tampa
Jeri Zelinski Community Room A & B
Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson was a significant part of an experiment that would change the world view on the military, racism, and who we are as Americans.  Lt. Col. Jefferson's P-51 was shot down over France and he became a POW in Germany for nine months.  He is one of a few people that can share the experience of Dachau, which he experienced first hand until he was liberated by General Patton.  At 96 years young he is a legend with a testimony.  

His 90 minute presentation will chronicle his life and the changes that happened based upon his experience as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, complete with a video and a Q & A session. His story is our story, one which will forever be a part of our American History. 

Lt. Col. Jefferson will be available to sign books and the video chronicling his life and that of the (Red Tails) Tuskegee Airmen.
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Sankofa: A Black Heritage Celebration

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Robert W. Saunders, Sr.
Ada T. Payne Community Room A & B

Sankofa is an Akan symbol meaning "Go back and retrieve".  This program will feature African drumming, dance, spoken word and a variety of other performances and presentations. Join us for this jubilant event.  

Co-sponsored by the Ada T. Payne Friends of the Urban Libraries.

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Movie Night @ the Library

5:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Robert W. Saunders, Sr.
Ada T. Payne Community Room B
Imitation of Life: An aspiring white actress befriends a black widow, but trouble arises when the widow is rejected by her daughter, who tries to pass for white.

Co-sponsored by the Ada T. Payne Friends of the Urban Libraries.
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Historical Fiction Book Club: No One is Coming to Save Us : A Novel by Stephanie Powell Watts

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
No One is Coming to Save Us : A Novel, by Stephanie Powell Watts
Robert W. Saunders, Sr.
African American History & Genealogy Library
The Great Gatsby brilliantly recast in the contemporary South: A powerful first novel about an extended African-American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream. No One Is Coming to Save Us is a revelatory debut from an insightful voice that combines a universally resonant story with an intimate glimpse into the hearts of one family. 
Join us for a lively discussion! 

Copies of the book are available at the library. 

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Online Class: 20 African Americans Who Changed History

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Robert W. Saunders, Sr.
Computer Lab
Learning Circles are study groups for people who want to take online courses together, in person.  This learning circle will meet for 4 weeks to work through Universal Class, examining the lives of 20 people who faced much adversity and dedicated their lives to create a better America. Work at your own pace in a low-pressure environment with other learners.

No prior experience necessary.
Must read at a high school reading level.
One-time registration for the four session course is required.  Class size is limited to 12
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