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Special Notices:
All library locations will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21st for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Black History Month Programs at Kansas City, Kansas Public Library

Kansas City, Kansas Public Library's programs and events occur every day in the community! Visit a branch to attend local classes, book clubs, storytimes and more. Check out what other community events are taking place inside and outside our libraries by clicking here.

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Black History Month Challenge

Take our Black History Month Challenge! How much do you know about Black History? Test your knowledge and win a prize. Visit the Main Branch and answer all the questions on our challenge and collect your prize!
All questions can be answered by visiting the displays within the Main Branch library.

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Family Movie Night: The Hate U Give (PG-13)

• Join us for a showing of The Hate U Give, based on the popular YA novel! Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.

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The Murder of Emmett Till

On August 25, 1955, Emmett Till whistled at a white woman outside a Mississippi grocery store. Three days later, the 14-year-old African-American boy from Chicago was kidnapped, tortured, murdered, and thrown into a river. For the next 50 years, there was not a single memorial to Till’s murder in the Mississippi Delta. Since 2005, however, many memorial sites have been created to tell the story of Till’s 1955 murder.
Professor Dave Tell will introduce the audience to the various Till memorials and use them to explore the competing narratives of exactly what happened on the night of the murder.
Dave Tell is a professor of communication studies at KU and co-creator of the Emmett Till Memory Project. His work on Emmett Till has been recognized with a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Black History Month: Folktales from Southern Africa

Matt will be reading a selection of Zulu and Xhosa folktales from his home in South Africa. Once these are done all attendees will have the opportunity to make a model of a traditional Zulu shield.
Suitable for children aged 6+ (younger brothers and sisters are also welcome to attend with an older sibling)

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Black History Month: Kente Cloth Paper Weaving Craft

For Black History Month, we will be recreating Kente cloth out of paper weaving.

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Mad for the Movies: Sidney Poitier

We will be watching Sidney in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's "No Way Out" from 1950. The film also stars Richard Widmark and Linda Darnell.
A black doctor is assigned to treat two white racist suspects who are brothers, and when one dies, it causes tension that could start a race riot.

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Wednesday Night Movies: Selma

We will be watching "Selma" (PG-13) 2h. 8min.
Civil-rights activists march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery to secure voting rights for black Americans in this docudrama, which focuses on the actions of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Black History Month: Tales of Anansi the Spider

Anansi the Spider, also known as Ananse, Kwaku Ananse, and Anancy is a trickster who often takes the shape of a spider and is considered to be the spirit of all knowledge of stories. Children will also have the opportunity to create a web and a mini-Anansi to take home as well.
Suitable for children aged 6+ (younger brothers and sisters are welcome to attend with an older sibling).

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Wednesday Night Movies: Loving

We will be watching "Loving" (PG-13) 2h. 3min.
Interracial couple fight Virginia's miscegenation laws, and their case reaches the Supreme Court.

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Brother Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl & Other Stories

Matt will be reading a selection of stories about Brother Rabbit, Brother Fox and other characters (as originally told to J.C. Harris).
Suitable for children aged 6+ (younger brothers and sisters are welcome to attend with an older sibling)

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Alma Thomas Crafts

For Black History Month, we will be celebrating famous black artists during Wednesday Night Crafts. Tonight we will be recreating the works of Alma Thomas.

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Mad for the Movies: Sidney Poitier

We will be watching Sidney in Daniel Petrie's "A Raisin in the Sun" from 1961. The film also stars Claudia McNeil and Ruby Dee.
A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.

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Home Alone

The Tuskegee Airmen

The Tuskegee Airmen is the popular name of a group of African-American military pilots (fighter and bomber) who fought in World War II. They formed the 332nd Fighter Group.
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the Red Tails as well as build a model airplane and decorate it in the colors of the 332nd Fighter Group. This activity is aimed at children and teens aged from 11 to 16 years of age. Please register online or by phone at (913)295-8250.

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The Blended and the Beautiful African American Book Club

Come join us and be a part of our African American fiction book club! Our book selection for the month is: "Becoming" by Michelle Obama

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Wednesday Night Movies: Black Panther

We will be watching "Black Panther" (PG-13) 2h. 15min.
A superhero known as Black Panther defends Wakanda, a technologically advanced country in Africa that has hidden itself away from the rest of the world. Now, he must face a dissident who wants to sell the country's natural resources to fund an uprising.

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