From the brave Buffalo Soldiers, to local notables, to a taste of soul, the Dayton Metro Library celebrates Black History Month in February. There are free programs geared toward children, teens and adults at several Branch Library locations.
Especially for children, Ms. Winnie Johnson portrays Princess Cinnamon Rose at the Trotwood Branch Library.
“Princess Cinnamon Rose is a character of my own creation, who tells the story of how her parents met in Africa,” said Ms. Johnson, Manager of the Madden Hills Branch Library. “The program introduces children to African rhythms and encourages their questions and participation.”
For adults, Karen Brame, Adjunct Professor of Education and History at Sinclair Community College and Central State, discusses the history of the Buffalo Soldiers and the legacy of Colonel Charles Young, while Angie Hoschouer of Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum honors the notable African Americans who are buried there.
Ms. Johnson also portrays Phillis Wheatley, the first published African American poet, for older teens and adult audiences. Both of her programs take place at the Trotwood Branch Library.
“I tell children that every day is Black History day – it doesn’t end at the end of the month,” said Ms. Johnson, “But it’s important that we take this time to recognize the achievements of individuals and celebrate the contributions of African American culture.”
All programs are free. For more information, visit the Events Calendar or call (937) 463-BOOK.
A LOOK AT BLACK HISTORY
Watch a movie about African American history and have some snacks too. Teens.
WED, 2/8 | 3:45-5:15 PM | WESTWOOD, 3207 Hoover Ave., Dayton
BLACK HISTORY TRIVIA
Learn interesting facts and important people. You could win a prize! All ages.
MON, 2/10-FRI, 2/24 | ALL DAY | MADDEN HILLS, 2542 Germantown St., Dayton
PRINCESS CINNAMON ROSE
Princess Cinnamon Rose is an African princess who tells the story of how her parents met in Africa. Featuring Winnie Johnson from the Madden Hills Branch, this cultural program exposes children to the sounds of African rhythms, beats and songs. Families.
THUR, 2/16 | 6-7 PM | TROTWOOD, 651 E. Main St., Trotwood
BUFFALO SOLDIER IN THE HEART OF AMERICA
Presenter Karen D. Brame discusses the brave history of the Buffalo Soldiers, and the life and legacy of the brilliant Colonel Charles Young. Adults.
SAT, 2/18 | 2-3:30 PM | TROTWOOD, 651 E. Main St., Trotwood
SAT, 2/25 | 11 AM-12:30 PM | NEW LEBANON, 715 W. Main St., New Lebanon
POETRY OF PHYLLIS WHEATLEY
Phyllis Wheatley was the first published African American female poet. This re-telling of a poet's life is presented by Winnie Johnson, Manager of the Madden Hills Branch Library. Teens/Adults/Families.
TUE, 2/21 | 6-7 PM | TROTWOOD, 651 E. Main St., Trotwood
A TASTE OF SOUL
Sample food, drinks, dessert and music from different eras in African American culture. Teens.
WED, 2/22 | 3:45-5:15 PM | WESTWOOD, 3207 Hoover Ave., Dayton
BLACK HISTORY MONTH: A YEAR LONG CELEBRATION AT WOODLAND CEMETERY AND ARBORETUM
Angie Hoschouer honors African Americans whose final resting place is Woodland Cemetery. Some of the featured notables are freed slave Jordan Anderson, Mayor James H. McGee, politician C. J. McLin, educator Louisa Troy and trombonist Mitchell “Booty” Wood, to name just a few. Adults.
THUR, 2/23 | 6:30-8 PM |VANDALIA, 330 S. Dixie Dr., Vandalia