BLACK HISTORY MONTH with Gwinnett County Public Library Programs are free and open to the public The History and Struggle for African American Voting Rights (Adults) Tuesday, January 28 @ 6:30 pm Grayson Branch • 700 Grayson Pkwy, Grayson 30017 Visit the Grayson Branch for a presentation chronicling the history of African American voting rights endeavors. African American Genealogy Workshop (Adults) Saturday, February 1 @ 2:00 pm Duluth Branch • 3480 Duluth Park Ln, Duluth 30096 Discover tips and tricks to successfully find your African American ancestors using GCPL Genealogy databases. National Book Award Nominee - New York Times bestseller, Poet Jericho Brown (Adults) Sunday, February 2 @ 3:00 pm Suwanee Branch • 361 Main Street, Suwanee 30024 Jericho Brown is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection is The Tradition (Copper Canyon 2019). His poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TIME magazine, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is the winner of the Whiting Writer’s Award. Autographed books for sale.
Eat Your Greens Talk and Tasting Monday, February 3 @ 6:00 pm Lilburn Branch • 4817 Church St, Lilburn 30047 During this talk and demo, participants will explore African Diaspora foodways and learn a no-cook method of preparing collard greens, one of the traditional foods of the Southern U.S. Free GCPL Resources to Pursue Your African American Literature/Interest Monday, February 3 @ 6:00pm Snellville Branch • 2740 Lenora Church Rd, Snellville 30078 Saturday, February 15 @ 2:00pm Lawrenceville Branch • 1001 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville 30046 Thursday, February 20 @ 6:30pm Grayson Branch • 700 Grayson Pkwy, Grayson 30017 Do you like to read titles by African American, African, and Carribean authors? Not sure where to start with so many titles out there? Let us help you navigate your search throughout the rich array of literature to pinpoint what you’re interested in and help you discover so much more!
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Snellville Reads - Toni Morrison (Adults) Snellville Branch • 2740 Lenora Church Rd, Snellville 30078 Tuesday, February 4 @ 11:00am Book Discussion - Come and share your favorite Morrison books with other readers. Saturday, February 15 @ 11:00am A look at Morrison’s novels, essays and speeches. Thursday, February 20 @ 6:30pm Book Discussion - Come and share your favorite Morrison books with other readers.
Trace Your Roots: An African American Genealogy Workshop (Adults) Sunday, February 9 @ 1:00 pm Five Forks Branch • 2780 Five Forks Trickum Rd, Lawrenceville 30044 Genealogy interest has exploded with the ease and availability of online research. African American genealogy has its own unique set of challenges and obstacles. Learn how to get started in this fun hobby and explore free genealogy databases, including the Library Edition of Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest.
Thursday, February 27 @ 6:00pm A look at Morrison’s novels, essays and speeches. A month-long celebration of the life and work of the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, and Beloved.
Black History Month: Folk Art (Tweens/Teens) Wednesday, February 5 @ 5:00pm Norcross Branch • 6025 Buford Hwy, Norcross 30071 Create your own folk art masterpiece!
Soul Food Stories - An African American Culinary History Workshop Thursday, February 6 @ 6pm Centerville Branch • 3025 Bethany Church Rd, Snellville 30039 Join us to learn about the history of popular soul food dishes. Our cooking demonstration will feature Hoecakes and Johnnycakes.
All About The Harlem Renaissance Monday, February 10 @ 6:30 pm Snellville Branch • 2740 Lenora Church Rd, Snellville 30078 Let’s discover the history that made a small neighborhood in New York the center of a major cultural movement in African American History.
Collins Hill Book Club (Adults) Tuesday, February 11 @ 1:00 pm Collins Hill Branch • 455 Camp Perrin Rd, Lawrenceville 30043 Join us to discuss The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead!
Meet the Artist: Jacob Lawrence (Ages 7+) Thursday, February 13 @ 5:30 pm Collins Hill Branch • 455 Camp Perrin Rd, Lawrenceville 30043 Learn about this famous African-American artist and recreate one of his paintings!
Storytime & Culture Craft Featuring “African American Art of Quilting” (Ages 4-11) Thursday, February 6 @ 6:00pm Dacula Branch • 265 Dacula Road, Dacula 30019 Learn about the history of African American quilting through interactive stories, games, and making your own quilting craft to take home!
Storytime & Culture Craft Featuring “African American Music and Dance” (Ages 4 - 11) Thursday, February 13 @ 6:00 pm Dacula Branch • 265 Dacula Rd, Dacula 30019 Join the Dacula Library to learn about the history of African American dance and music through interactive stories, songs, games, and a musical inspired craft!
From Black History to Black Future Month: Afrofuturism and the Arts Saturday, February 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Lilburn Branch • 4817 Church St, Lilburn 30047
Black History Celebration Monday, February 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Peachtree Corners Branch • 5570 Spalding Dr, Peachtree Corners 30092
The film Black Panther, the music of George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, and rap stylistics of Janelle Monae and Jidenna. These forms of creative expression all arise from the cultural phenomenon known as Afrofuturism - a blend of science fiction, fantasy, and technology with the rich traditions of Black literature, art, music, and folklore. Join Dr. Tanya Clark, of Morehouse College, to learn about some of the critical writers, thinkers, and artists who lead the way. Their works show the “interconnection between science, technology, and race across centuries, continents, and cultures.”
Join us for a booth-style festival celebrating Black History Month and heritage through crafts and activities.
Family Storytime - Black History Event Saturdays, February 15 & 29 @ 3:00 pm Duluth Branch • 3480 Duluth Park Ln, Duluth 30096 Please join us for a family storytime in honor of Black History Month featuring Sharyn Riggs, Cedric Flody, and Keith Johnson.
Black History Month Celebration: Legends of Innovation Monday, February 17 @ 2:00 pm Hamilton Mill Branch • 3690 Braselton Hwy, Dacula 30019 Come celebrate the unique contributions of Black people throughout the African Diaspora! Participants of all ages are invited to partake in activities that utilize creativity in honor of the innovation shown by Black people throughout the world.
Black History Month: Art-Inspired Totes (Teens) Monday, February 17 @ 2:00 pm Mountain Park Branch • 1210 Pounds Rd, Lilburn 30047 Join us to design and create a tote inspired by the African American Artist of your choosing.
Langston Hughes for Kids (Ages 7 - 11) Thursday, February 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00pm Duluth Branch • 3480 Duluth Park Ln, Duluth 30096 Learn some interesting facts about Langston Hughes and make your own coloring book based on his works.
#ReadWoke Book Club (Teens) Thursday, February 20 @ 6:00 pm Suwanee Branch • 361 Main St, Suwanee 30024 Join us for #ReadWoke book club at the Suwanee Branch and discuss books about race.
“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.” – Langston Hughes
Love, Legacy, and Leadership: HBCUs & “The Divine 9” Impact on U.S. History Friday, February 21 @ 7:00 pm Berean Christian Church Gwinnett • 1465 Highpoint Rd, Snellville 30078
Black History Month Quiz Bowl (Teens grades 6-12) Sunday, February 23 @ 2:00 pm Meadow Creek High School • 4455 Steve Reynolds Blvd, Norcross, GA 30093
Join Gwinnett County Public Library in celebration of the history and accomplishments of the nine African American Sororities and Fraternities. With special guest speaker, Judge Tadia Whitner, notable member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Gwinnett’s first African-American Superior Court Judge.
Test your knowledge on black history topics including science, the arts, and more. Compete against other teams for a cash prize of $300. Teams of up to four teens. For middle school or high school students. Must register in advance at gwinnettpl.org/calendar. Registration open on 1/6/20.
Black History Painting Event: Ernie Berns Style (Adults) Saturday, February 22 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Duluth Branch • 3480 Duluth Park Ln, Duluth 30096
Meet Dr. Tanya Clark, Senior Assistant Professor of English at Morehouse College Tuesday, February 25 @ 6:30 pm Snellville Branch • 2740 Lenora Church Rd, Snellville 30078
Celebrate Black History Month by creating an Ernie Berns masterpiece. Space is limited.
Dr. Clark has taught courses on Toni Morrison’s work and will discuss the author’s writing and social impact.
Jeopardy: Black History Edition (Adults) Saturday, February 22 @ 2:00 pm Hamilton Mill Branch • 3690 Braselton Hwy, Dacula 30019
Chapter Chat Kids Book Club (Ages 8-12) Wednesday, February 26 @ 5:30 pm Collins Hill Branch • 455 Camp Perrin Rd, Lawrenceville 30043
Wednesday, February 26 @ 5:30 pm Duluth Branch • 3480 Duluth Park Ln, Duluth 30096
Joins us to discuss The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963!
Come test your knowledge of black history and culture in a fun game of trivia!
Writing and Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance Saturday, February 22 @ 2:00 pm Snellville Branch • 2740 Lenora Church Rd, Snellville 30078 We’ll learn about some of the famous African American writers and poets of the period. Poetry will be read aloud for all those who wish to read.
Meet the Children’s Author Felicia Lee for a Special Story Time Saturday, February 29 @ 11:00 am Buford-Sugar Hill Branch • 2100 Buford Hwy, Buford 30518 Meet Audrey! Audrey has been waiting all week for her Auntie to take her to the fair. As Audrey prepares to leave, she quickly realizes that she is missing something that could prevent her from going to the fair! Books will be available for sale and signing.
Discover upcoming Black History Month programs at GCPL!