2021 Black History Month Programs Kick Off February 1 at the Birmingham Public Library

The Birmingham Public Library is hosting nearly 20 programs and activities, mostly online, to celebrate the 2021 Black History Month. Programs begin on Monday, February 1.

Here is a listing by day, time and location:

Avondale Community Interview Series With Author Tony Christon-Walker, author of "Fatherhood: Walking in Truth," Monday, February 1, 10:00 a.m. (Virtual Program)

The Avondale Community Interview Series returns as Avondale Library’s Joan Inman talks to Tony Christon-Walker, the Director of Prevention & Community Partnerships at AIDS Alabama. Click here for a blog about the interview series https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/01/avondale-library-community-interview.html 

Five Points West Black History Month Spotlight, February 1-25 (virtual program, Five Points West Library Facebook Page) 

In conjunction with the Black History Month Theme 2021: The Black Family, Representation, Identity and Diversity, each week one family African-American family of the 21st Century will be highlighted with an oral and photographic depiction.

African-American Trivia, February 1-26, virtual program, North Avondale Library and Springville Road Library Facebook pages.

Can you name these African Americans? Tune in each week to the library’s Facebook page to view photos of influential African Americans and use the posted clues to help with your best answer. Participants that reply on our Facebook page with the correct names will win a sweet treat. Good luck and have fun! 

“Ranger Reads” – Partnership between BPL and the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument. Every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. (February 3, February 10, February 17, February 24) 

Virtual program on the BPL and Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument Facebook pages. In commemoration of Black History Month, the “Ranger Reads” program will feature a National Park Ranger reading a children’s book specific to civil rights history or the legacy of the civil rights movement.

These programs are appropriate for children of all ages, with a particular focus on elementary education. Teachers are welcome to share these programs in their classroom, and the general public is encouraged to join. Readings will be shared on Birmingham Public Library and Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument Facebook pages every Wednesday in February at 11 a.m. Central every Wednesday. For more information, email Kathryn_Gardiner@nps.gov or Bessie.Miller@cobpl.org 

Intro to Genealogy, Wednesday, February 2, 2021, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., BPL Southern History Department Virtual. Registration required. 

Want to learn how to do genealogical research? Come to this introductory class that will help get you started on your genealogical journey. The staff in the Southern History Department covers such topics as vital records, courthouse and church records, and the Federal Census. – Register by clicking here http://www.bplonline.org/calendar/?trumbaEmbed=view%3devent%26eventid%3d150398168

Bards and Brews: Lift Every Voice Poetry Friday, February 5, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

Calling all poets, artists and musicians! Fans of BPL’s popular spoken word poetry/craft beer event will be able to watch some of metro Birmingham’s most talented poets online. The program is funded by a grant from Lift Every Voice, which is paying tribute to 250 years of African-American poetry. 

Black History Bingo, February 5 to February 28, 2021, North Birmingham Regional Library and Inglenook Branch Library

 Black History Bingo will be available all month! Once you have completed five squares on the bingo board, you will receive a prize!

African American Genealogy Resources: Websites, Database, and Webinars, Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 10:00-11:00 a.m. (Virtual program) 

Join us for a look at online resources specifically for African American history and genealogy. We’ll explore ground breaking sites like www.enslaved.org and discover other new and emerging resources. We’ll also take a look at familiar sites like www.familysearch.org and identify webinars that can help you further your research. 

Let Freedom Ring!, Wednesday, February 17, 2021, North Birmingham Library (Virtual program)

Paint your own canvas bell of freedom using watercolors in honor of the Civil Rights struggle that continues. 

"Tales and Tidbits," Thursday, February 18, 10:00 a.m., Avondale Regional Library Facebook page and Birmingham Public Library Facebook page

Ms. Corinne will tell the story of the 1963 Children's March using shadow puppet theater. Young listeners will learn about what history means for us in the present day and how children like them made a difference in our nation's recent past. "Tales and Tidbits" is a video continuation of Avondale Branch Library's long-running Thursday storytime program, Time for Tales. New videos of songs and fun activities for elementary school-aged children are uploaded every Thursday at 8:00 AM and can be viewed on the BPL Facebook page, as well as the Avondale Branch Facebook page.

Family Black History Jeopardy, Friday, February 19, 2021, North Birmingham Library, Virtual program

Join us for a fun and educational game of Family Black History Jeopardy! Families will compete against each other for a grand prize! 

Read-In for Justice: Lift Every Voice Saturday, February 20, 2021, 10:00 a.m.  Theme: 2021- A Nationwide Celebration of 250 Years of African American Poetry. 

Funded by Lift Every Voice, this program will feature poets paying tribute to 250 years of African-American poetry. Click here for details https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/01/bpl-to-host-read-in-for-justice-black.html 

 Lift Every Voice (https://www.africanamericanpoetry.org) is a national public humanities initiative that engages participants in a multifaceted exploration of African American poetry, the perspectives it offers on American history and the struggle for racial justice, and the universality of its imaginative response to the personal experiences of Black Americans over three centuries.

Virtual Rebroadcast of 100th Anniversary of Negro Leagues, partnership the Negro Southern League Museum and the Birmingham Public Library, Negro Southern League YouTube Channel 

The Negro Southern League museum and Birmingham Public Library invite you to join them for a special rebroadcast of the 100th Anniversary of the Negro Leagues Virtual program that originally aired January 17. The celebration takes place on Sunday, February 21, at 6 p.m. on the Negro Southern League YouTube channel. To register, visit bit.ly/NSLM100

 After patrons register, they will then have access to the presentation. For all media inquiries or more information, please contact Jasmine Phillips at jphillips@lrymediagroup.com. This event will feature guests such as Comedian Roy Wood Jr., Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and players from the Negro Leagues. Join us as we reflect and honor men and women who paved the way for African Americans to play professional baseball.

African American Quilt Art, Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 3 p.m. North Birmingham Library (Virtual program) 

Continue the African American tradition of quilting by creating quilt art using fabric squares to create designs.

Tales Our Ancestors Told, Friday, February 26, 2021, 3 p.m. North Birmingham Library (Virtual program) 

Join Miss Pamela on a cultural story safari into West Africa. Immerse yourself into the rich cultures of West Africa as you partake in this high energy, interactive storytime.

Good, Bad, and Ugly: Accessing and Assessing the WPA Slave Narratives, Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

A federal government initiative to employ writers during the Great Depression led to the creation of an invaluable, historical resource that has since been rarely used and little understood. Paul Boncella of the Southern History Department examines over 40 volumes of published WPA slave narratives to outline their content and make this enormous compilation accessible to a broader audience. 

Advance registration is required.  Click below to register for this Zoom online event http://www.cobpl.org/calendar/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D150398628

 Follow the Drinking Gourd, Friday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m., Five Points West Regional Library (Virtual program) 

 Miss Fontaine shares a story of the Underground Railroad and of one family’s road to freedom. 

Brothers & Bow Ties: A Vision Cast, Saturday, February 27, 10 a.m., Birmingham Public Library Facebook page 

This event will include a panel of black men offering inspirational words of encouragement designed to motivate adolescent males between the ages of 11 and 18. Brothers & Bowties aims to promote positive character, establish long-lasting relationships with positive adult male figures, and to cast visions that promote a brighter future. 

It is a follow up to a Brothers & Bow Ties event held on January 16 (Read about it by clicking here) https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/01/brothers-bow-ties-panelists-to-give.html