Black History Month 2021 at CALS

Throughout the month of February, the Central Arkansas Library System will be celebrating Black History Month with informative, interactive, and entertaining programs for all ages. If you have any questions, please call 918-3000.

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Race, Rage, and Resistance: Cherisse Jones-Branch

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas presents Race, Rage, and Resistance

“To Make the Farm Bureau Stronger and Better for All the People”: African Americans and the American Farm Bureau Federation: 1920–1966

Speaker: Cherisse Jones-Branch

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Cherisse Jones-Branch is the dean of the Graduate School and the James and Wanda Lee Vaughn Endowed Professor of History at Arkansas State University.

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Black Lives Matter Documentary Film Series: 13th

Ava's DuVernay's searing and vital documentary is a primer on the historical context behind mass incarceration, the war on drugs, private prisons, and police brutality that are baked into the post-Jim Crow American system. A must see. 2016, 100 minutes.
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Airic Hughes: “Through the Heart of the City: Interstates, Segregation, and Social Memory in Urban America”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Through the Heart of the City: Interstates, Segregation, and Social Memory in Urban America

Speaker: Airic Hughes

Airic Hughes, a PhD candidate in history at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, will explore how federal urban renewal projects changed the landscape of numerous American cities throughout the twentieth century.

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Race, Rage, and Resistance: Richard Buckelew

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas presents Race, Rage, and Resistance

Loosening the Noose of Judge Lynch: Prevented Lynchings in Arkansas

Speaker: Richard Buckelew

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Richard A. “Rick” Buckelew is a historian of nineteenth-century America who specializes in the history of race in Arkansas and the American South,

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Black Lives Matter Documentary Film Series: Whose Streets?

Damon Davis And Sabaah Folayan's unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising, told by the activists leading the movement. 2017. 105 minutes. This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS www.pbs.org/pov
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Race, Rage, and Resistance: Brian K. Mitchell

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas presents Race, Rage, and Resistance

Monumental: Oscar Dunn and His Radical Fight in Reconstruction Louisiana

Speaker: Brian K. Mitchell

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Brian K. Mitchell is assistant professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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Black Lives Matter Documentary Film Series: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

When Stonewall veteran and beloved Greenwich Village personality Marsha P. Johnson was found dead after Gay Pride in 1992, authorities claimed it was a suicide, like many other suspicious deaths in the community at the time. Follow Victoria Cruz, a trans crime advocate, in her search for justice decades later. Directed by David France. 2017. 105 minutes.
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Creating Black Americans

Six Bridges Book Festival presents: Nell Irvin Painter, author of Creating Black Americans: African-American History and its Meanings 1619 to the Present

Moderator: Jessica McDaniel

This event will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Friday Family Fun Night Trivia

Join us every 3rd Friday night for Friday Family Fun Night Trivia! Teams must register via Zoom and each month’s trivia will have a different theme. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team each month!

February 19 – BLACK CULTURE & HISTORY

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Race, Rage, and Resistance: Stephanie Harp and Kwami Abdul-Bey

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas presents Race, Rage, and Resistance

John Carter and Lonnie Dixon: Remembering 1927

Speaker: Stephanie Harp and Kwami Abdul-Bey

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Stephanie Harp is a writer and historian,

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Black In Business: Celebrating Black Entrepreneurship

This event is part of the Rock It! Lab series of entrepreneurial programming.

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The path from an idea to starting a business is not easy to navigate for Black entrepreneurs.
So, what’s it really like to be a Black founder? In this event,

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Black Lives Matter Documentary Film Series: Homegoings

Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City's historic Harlem neighborhood, HOMEGOINGS takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration. Combining cinéma vérité with intimate interviews and archival photographs, director Christine Turner's Homegoings paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones “home.” 2013.  51 minutes.
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Black History of Hip Hop

Experience a panel discussion about the history of hip hop and its significance in Black History, here in Arkansas and beyond.
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