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VIEW THE LIBRARY CALENDAR OF FEBRUARY 2024 BLACK HISTORY PROGRAMS

View Central Library’s Black History Film Festival brochure

 

SPECIAL POSTER EXHIBIT

Funky Turns 50: Black Character Revolution Firsts, on view through June 29 in Central Library’s Local History & Genealogy Division.

Can you remember watching your favorite cartoon series as a child on Saturday mornings? The Museum Of UnCut Funk brings the Funky Turns 50  panel exhibit featuring a colorful and robust collection of Black cartoon character art images to the Rochester Public Library.

Learn more and register for the discussion on Saturday, February 17, 1pm-2:30pm (Central Library’s Kusler Cox Auditorium, Rundel Memorial Building)

Co-Founders and Co-Curators of the Museum, Loreen Williamson and Pamela Thomas, will discuss how memories of watching Saturday morning cartoons during the 1970’s led to the development of the historic traveling exhibit highlighting the first positive Black animation characters in television history.

The in-depth conversation will detail the role that Black animated characters — and the Black animators who created them — played in the story of animation. With remarks from Emmy-nominated animation producer, director, and storyboard artist, Dennis Woodyard, this program will also shed light on Rochester’s connection to the world of animated art.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Borderland Blacks: Two Cities in the Niagara Region During the Final Decades of Slavery by dann j. Broyld

Pittsford Community Library, Thursday, February 15, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Black Student Union at Eastman School of Music

Pittsford Community Library, Sunday, February 18, 2pm-3pm

Lyndon B Johnson and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Central Library, Monday, February 19, 6pm-7:30pm

Story Time with Local Author, Nykki L. Matthews – Helping Kids Find Strength in Who They Are

Mendon Public Library, Tuesday, February 20, 10am-10:40am

Exploring Identity, Love, and Being Black in America in Fiction Writing: A Conversation with Award-Winning Author Jason Mott

RPL’s Online Author Talks, Sponsored by FFRPL

ONLINE: Tuesday, February 20, 4pm-5:30pm

The Underground Railroad and the Erie Canal History Talk

Mendon Public Library, Tuesday, February 20, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Our Voices Project: Uplifting Black Voices

Pittsford Community Library, Wednesday, February 21, 6:15pm-7:30pm

Blackstorytelling League of Rochester, NY, Inc. at Mendon Public Library

Mendon Public Library, Saturday, February 24, 1pm – 1:45pm

In Conversation with ROC’s Black Leaders: Melanie Funchess

VIA ZOOM, Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 7pm-8pm

 

RESOURCES

UNDERSTANDING BLACK EXPERIENCES

LIBRARY RESOURCES RELATED TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

SELECT RESOURCES FROM CENTRAL LIBRARY’S REYNOLDS MEDIA CENTER

DIGITAL COLLECTIONS

ARCHIVED BLACK HISTORY AND DEI PROGRAMS (HIGHLIGHTS)