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Louisville Free Public Library to host 50+ free programs for Black History Month

From discussions with award-winning journalists to musical performances, LFPL is making it more accessible to learn Louisville’s Black history.

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Black History Month has been celebrated annually since 1970.

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The Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) wants to inform, inspire, and engage residents across Derby City for Black History Month with 50+ free events for all ages.

Events will center on local Black history, including historically overlooked periods and places + their impact on our city in the present day. Book discussions, film screenings, storytimes, performances, and workshops are all in the works.

Here are few to look forward to:

Black Superhero Showcase, Saturday, Feb. 3
Shawnee branch, 3912 W. Broadway
Age 5+ are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero while LFPL spotlights some of the most popular Black superheroes — plus, a few you may not have heard of.

“Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” Sunday, Feb. 4
Main Library branch, 301 York St.
The first showing in the Black History Month Film Series, this award-winning feature documentary tells the story of the poet, singer, and activist. Register for the full series, with showings every Sunday.

How Well Do You Know Black History?, Thursday, Feb. 8
Southwest Regional branch, 9725 Dixie Hwy.
From potato chips to space travel, you’re sure to learn something at this low-stakes trivia night.

Book Tasting: Black Women Writers, Saturday, Feb. 10
Sis Got Tea, 976 Barret Ave.
Sip tea and settle in with a book that catches your eye, or read a few pages from several in LFPL’s collection of works by Black women writers.

Author Michele Norris, Friday, Feb. 16
Main Library branch, 301 York St.
The Peabody Award-winning journalist will discuss her new book, “Our Hidden Conversations: What Americans Really Think About Race and Identity.” She will be joined by former Kentucky State Representative Charles Booker.

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