New Orleans Public Library

Black History Month 2002
In 1951 Langston Hughes wrote the poem "A Ballad of Negro History" for presentation at The Authors Association. The poem, which tells of the many accomplishments and contributions people of African descent have made to the world, is indicative of the poet who throughout his lifetime expressed the concerns, feelings, accomplishments, setbacks, triumphs, challenges, happiness and sorrows of the African American.

As we recognize the centennial of his birth, we also celebrate the African American experience that gave birth to so many of his writings. "A Ballad of Negro History" concludes with the reverberation of the following lines...

On each page of history
America sees my face
On each page of history
We leave a shining trace
On each page of history, My race! My race! My race!

Langston Hughes

Made possible through funds from

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

NOPL's kickoff to Black History Month, featuring keynote speaker James B. Borders IV and the McDonogh 35 Drama Ensemble.

Main Library, Thurs., January 17, 12 noon

PRESS RELEASE [in Adobe Acrobat format]
INVITATION [in Adobe Acrobat format]

Executive Steel Band
A celebration of Caribbean music using steel drums. Audience participation makes this a fun-filled program.

Algiers Regional Branch, Sat., January 26, 3 p.m.

Langston Hughes Birthday Party
Local musician Carl LeBlanc will perform literary pieces from Langston Hughes' poem "The Dream Keeper."

Nix Branch, Wed., January 30, 11 a.m.
Children's Resource Center, Mon., February 4, 10:30 a.m.
King Branch, Mon., February 18, 10:30 a.m.
Algiers Point Branch, Tues., February 19, 10 a.m.
Keller Branch, Wed., February 20, 10 a.m.
Alvar Branch, Tues., February 26, 10 a.m.


Langston Hughes and the Louisiana Connection
Performed by local actors from Act One productions under the direction of Barbara Trevigne, this oral history presentation brings to life the stories of famous Harlem Renaissance writers and supporters such as Madame C.J. Walker, Arna Bontemps, Anna Kelly and Langston Hughes.

Nora Navra Branch, Thurs., January 31, 10 a.m.
East N.O. Regional Branch, Wed., February 20, 6:30 p.m.

New Orleans Blacks and the Military Experience
The formation and deployment of Black military troops in and around New Orleans. Presented by the Fort Pike State Historic Park.

East N.O. Regional Branch, Wed., February 6, 10 a.m.

Poetry and Music: the United Pair
Local performance troupe Eluard & Co. set poetry to music.

Gentilly Branch, Thurs., February 14, 11 a.m.
Main Library, Sat., February 23, 1 p.m.

Genealogy Workshop
A how-to workshop for beginner and intermediate researchers that exposes participants to the many documents and sources available for researching African American family ties. Conducted by the Multicultural Genealogical Research Society.

Main Library, Sat., February 16
Beginners 10 a.m. to noon/Intermediate 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


On Each Page of History America Sees My Face
Local poet Kalamu ya Salaam conducts this lecture on Langston Hughes focusing on how his work reflected the African American experience.

Latter Branch, Wed., February 20, 6:30 p.m.

Kita Productions

Poetry recitation by New Orleanian Donald Lewis.

Smith Regional Branch, Wed., February 27, 10 a.m.

Paul Robeson Acting Competition
High School students, ages 13-18, will demonstrate their knowledge of a famous African American through their ability to portray themselves as that individual. Participants will present 5 minute performances of their chosen African American hero and will be judged by a panel of local actors and directors. Winners will receive prizes and the opportunity to further perform. For more information, contact Dennis McCann at 596-2580.

Deadline for Entries: Fri., March 1, 2002
Program Date: Main Library, Sat., March 9, 1 p.m.


Langston Hughes Poetry Contest
For adults ages 18-25. To enter, submit a poem relating to the African American experience, a notable African American or the library's Black History theme, On Each Page of History America Sees My Face. The poem should not be longer than 30 lines in length and can be written in any style: freestyle, narrative, haiku, etc. Attach a cover sheet with your name, address and telephone number and a brief statement confirming that this is an original poem and that you are the author. Mail or deliver the poem and cover sheet to the New Orleans Public Library, African American Resource Center, 219 Loyola Ave., NOLA 70112.

1st place winner will receive $100
2nd place winner will receive $50
3rd place winner will receive $25

Deadline for Entries: Fri., March 1, 2002
Winners Announced: Thurs., March 7, 2002

Cosponsored by: The New Orleans Tribune

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