Passing the Torch
A Celebration of Black History Month
February 1999

Schedule of Events
Monday, Feb. 1
10 a.m.--King
"Africans and African Americans in Louisiana"
Chuck Siler, program coordinator at the Louisiana State Museum, discusses the many contributions Africans and African Americans have made to Louisiana.
Monday Feb. 1
4 p.m.--Alvar
Painting Workshop
Wednesday, Feb. 3
10 a.m.--Nora Navra
Library storytellers Monica Wise and Bonnie Marsallo have developed a special storytelling and craft activity for Black History Month.
Wednesday, Feb. 3
6 p.m.--Gentilly
"Poetry Workshop"
Presented by LaPlace native and editor of the Xavier University Herald, Bernard McGhee.
Saturday, Feb. 6
10 a.m. to Noon and 1p.m. to 3 p.m. --Main library
Genealogy Workshop
Internationally-known genealogist, author, teacher and lecturer, Tony Burroughs, will present a two-part workshop on African American genealogy and technology. The first session focuses on Black Roots: Tracing the Family Tree and Computer Genealogy. The next session's topic is Methods and Sources of Identifying Slave Owners. For more information, call 596-2597.
Saturday, Feb. 6
1 p.m.--Children's Resource Center
Fahnlohnee Harris will trace cultural roots and highlight the contributions of our nation's African American poets, composers, and performers through storytelling, songs (spiritual and opera) and musical theatre.
Sunday, Feb. 7
2 p.m.-- Gentilly
Black Film Festival--View films of the early African American film directors Oscar Micheaux and Spencer Williams. Films to be shown include Body and Soul, Lying Lips, Go Down Death and Blood of Jesus.
Monday, Feb. 8
10 a.m. -- Nix
Africans and African Americans in Louisiana with Chuck Siler.
Tuesday, Feb. 9
11 a.m.--Smith Regional
Africans and African Americans in Louisiana with Chuck Siler.
Tuesday, Feb. 9
4 p.m.--Children's Resource Center
Make Your Own Adinkra Cloth--In this program children learn Adinkra symbols, their meaning and use while making their own Adinkra cloth.
Wednesday, Feb. 10
10 a.m.--Latter
Stories and crafts with libray storytellers Monica Wise and Bonnie Marsallo.
Wednesday, Feb. 10
10 a.m.--Nora Navra
University of New Orleans History Professor, Dr. Joseph Caldwell will discuss the contributions of African Americans to the development of north Louisiana.
Thursday, Feb. 11
1:30 p.m.--King
Mama Samba will share stories and poems from around the world through music and drama.
Saturday, Feb. 13
1:30 p.m.--Algiers Point
Storytelling with Mama Samba.
Saturday, Feb. 13 and Feb. 20
2 p.m.--Main
Black Film Festival--3rd floor auditorium.
Saturday, Feb. 20
1 p.m.--Nix
Storyteller Donald Lewis brings tales from Europe and Africa that will fascinate and educate.
Monday, Feb. 22
10 a.m. -- Nora Navra
Africans and African Americans in Louisiana with Chuck Siler.
Monday, Feb. 22
10 a.m.--
Make Your Own Adinkra Cloth
Tuesday, Feb. 23
4:30 p.m.--Central City
Stories and crafts with library storytellers Monica Wise and Bonnie Marsallo.
Thursday, Feb. 25
10 a.m. -- Broad
African Americans in Louisiana Before the Civil War presented by Dr. Raphael Cassimere, Jr., Seraphia D. Leyda University Teaching Professor of History at the University of New Orleans.
Saturday, Feb. 27
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- East N.O. Regional
Family Af'Fair -- This day-long event will include entertainment by singer Daniel Morgan, trumpeter Michael Ray, Adella Adella the Storyteller, actor, poet, dramatist Chakula cha Jua and Christian Unity Baptist Church Liturgical Dancers. The fair will also include informational booths featuring organizations such as Friends of the New Orleans Public Library, NO\AIDS Task Force, the Corey Jackson Foundation, Xavier University, University of New Orleans, St. Mark's Community Center, N.O. Speech and Hearing Center, N.O. Area Habitat for Humanity, League of Women Voters of New Orleans, Covenant House, Dillard University, Delgado Community College, N.O. Recreation Department, N.O. Fire Department, African American History Alliance, Family Outreach Cultivating Unified Services, and Pyramid Parent Training/Operation Positive Change. The Blood Center will also be on hand for fair goers willing to donate blood that day.
Go to Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Schedule of Events
Go to African American Resource Center
Sponsored by the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library

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