MONROE – Union County Public Library celebrates Black History Month with a variety of programs and displays throughout its branches. All programs are free and open to the public.
• Black History Month Art Reception – Get the first look at the black history art display from Amun Ra Arts featuring Ryan Emil Cureton. Offered 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at Griffin Room, Monroe Library (Griffin Room) Use the Meeting Room entrance.
• Bright Star Theatre Presents: Black History Hall of Fame – Ages 5 and older learn about more than a dozen groundbreakers and hall-of-famers that have largely contributed to shaping our nation’s past, present and future. Offered 1:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Monroe Library (Griffin Room).
• Bright Star Theatre Presents: George Washington Carver and Friends – Students in Pre-K through fifth grade and their families watch groundbreakers in black history brought to life. Offered 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Union West Library.
• Political Pioneers: NC Black Congressmen from the Reconstruction – Learn about local history as Professor Jayson N. Gardner, M Ed. History at Livingstone College discusses the North Carolina congressmen during the Reconstruction Era. Offered 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at Monroe Library.
• Capoeira and its African Roots – Ransom “Doc” Hall will discuss the history of Capoeira dating back to its African roots. There will be a presentation of the martial art form followed by audience participation. Offered 5:30 p.m. at Monroe Library (Griffin Room).
• Family Movie: “Fences” – Denzel Washington directed and stars in this multiple award-winning adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which centers on a black garbage collector named Troy Maxson in 1950s Pittsburgh. Offered 3:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Lois Edwards Memorial Library.
• Black Comic Book Heroes – Professional artist John Hairston Jr. will discuss the depiction of black superheroes as a reflection of popular culture and history. He’s leading a mini-workshop for ages 8 and older. Offered 4 p.m. Feb. 19 at Monroe Library (Griffin Room)
• Finding Once Enslaved Ancestors in the 1870 Census: A Genealogy Internet Workshop – The internet class will use a variety of databases, including Ancestry.com Library Edition, in searching for formerly enslaved persons on the 1870 census. Must be comfortable using a computer and mouse. Offered 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at Monroe Library (STEAM Lab). Registration is required. Call 704-283-8184 x5236 or email: UCPL.genealogy@unioncoun tync.gov
Displays and more (Feb. 1 to 28
• All Libraries – African American-themed displays and curated brochure of African American movie downloads available through digital content provider Hoopla.
• Edwards Memorial – Revolutionary Lives: biographical poster display featuring notable African Americans.
• Monroe Library – Artwork of Amun Ra Arts featuring Ryan Emil Cureton- showcased in the Alcove Gallery and the Griffin Room.
• Monroe Library – Little Known Firsts: Copies of articles and/or images illustrating little known “firsts” from our local community.
• Union West/Indian Trail – The African American Experience: brochure featuring books pertaining to the African American experience.
• Waxhaw – Prominent Black Female Judges in American History poster display.