Chandler Public Libraries host Black History Month events

Jan. 25, 2019
James Baldwin taken Hyde Park, London, 1969 by Allan Warren

Photo at left: Author James Baldwin in 1969, photographed in Hyde Park, London, by Allan Warren.

 

  • My Life with Charles Billups and Martin Luther King
    Chandler Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St.
    Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2018, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    Please join Keith Miller a Professor at ASU as he discusses the memoir, My Life with Charles Billups and Martin Luther King. In this memoir, Billups’ daughter, Rene Billups Baker, tells the story of her courageous father for the first time outside of Birmingham. She also adds her own personal experiences with Martin Luther King. Keith D. Miller is the author of Voice of Deliverance: The Language of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Its Sources and Martin Luther King’s Biblical Epic: His Great, Final Speech. He has also published many essays on Fannie Lou Hamer, Malcolm X, Frederick Douglass, and Jackie Robinson. A professor of English at Arizona State University, he has taught many courses about the language of the civil rights movement.

  • Our Stories: Looking Back at Phoenix's Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1970
    Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road
    Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, 10:30 a.m.-Noon
    Join historian Mary Melcher for a look at how the national Civil Rights Movement manifested in the Phoenix area from 1945 to the late 1960s. Who were some of the African American community leaders of the movement? How did the Jewish community join in support? How were women key to the movement? Explore these questions as well as learn which Chandler residents had a connection to this time in local history.

  • Black History Month Film Series: “Moonlight” (2016) 
    Chandler Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St.
    Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, 6-8:30 p.m.
    Although there was some confusion during the Academy Awards ceremony over the 2016 Best Picture winner, there is little doubt that “Moonlight” is one of the most beautiful and heart-wrenching films ever to earn the distinction. A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood of a gay African-American man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami, “Moonlight” is an urgent social document, a poetic drama about race and identity, and a challenging and moving work of cinematic triumph. Join us for a showing of this powerful film, where we will be hosting a thought-provoking discussion afterward with a faculty member from Chandler/Gilbert Community College.

  • Black History Month Film Series: “I Am Not Your Negro” (2017)
    Chandler Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St.
    Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, 6-8:30 p.m.
    In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project - a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends – Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. In this incendiary documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. “I Am Not Your Negro” is a radical examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and a flood of rich archival material. The film is also a journey into black history that connects the civil rights movement with that of the current #BlackLivesMatter. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassinations of these three leaders, a cinematic work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for. Join us for a showing of this powerful film, where we will be hosting a thought-provoking discussion afterward with a faculty member from Chandler/Gilbert Community College.

  • Exploring Black History through Batik (registration required)
    Chandler Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave.
    Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, 2-3 p.m.
    Artist and teacher Deon will help us to explore the history of the African Diaspora through this hands-on project. We will read a story then create a unique piece of art. All ages are welcome. Half Navajo and half African-American, Deon has been teaching art for 10 years. When she is not teaching, she likes to travel to different places. Her latest travels took her to Zambia and Zimbabwe. She will be bringing authentic African art to show the group.