African American History Month at FLPL

By  | January 27, 2019 | Filed under: News

FLORENCE-The Florence-Lauderdale Public Library will celebrate African American History Month all through the month of February.  Here are two of the events being sponsored by FLPL.

Image result for John Lewis: Get In the WayFilm Screening – John Lewis: Get In the Way Saturday, February 9, 1:00-2:00 pm Florence-Lauderdale Public Library FLPL will host a free African American History Month screening of the PBS documentary John Lewis: Get In the Way.

The son of sharecroppers, John Lewis grew up in rural isolation, seemingly destined to a bleak, segregation-imposed future. But his fate took a different turn, and Lewis rose from Alabama’s Black Belt to the corridors of power on Capitol Hill, his humble origins forever linking him to those whose voices customarily go unheard. A man of the people, a Congressional elder statesman, Lewis is as exceptional as he is ordinary.

A film by Kathleen Dowdey, John Lewis – Get in the Way is the first biographical documentary about John Lewis, an inspiring portrait of one man cast into extraordinary times and his unhesitating dedication to seeking justice for the marginalized and ignored. The film spans more than half a century, tracing Lewis’ journey of courage, confrontations and hard-won triumphs. For more information, call 256-764-6564, ext. 115.

 

Image result for African based spirituals and gospel music Gospel Music: When Praises Go Up and Blessings Come Down Sunday, February 10, 2:00-4:00 pm Florence-Lauderdale Public Library African American History Month continues with this exploration of African based spirituals and gospel music, and of the music’s rich tradition and relevance in the African American church, past and present. Learn about the history of the African American church through music as soloists, ensembles, and church choirs perform. For more information, call 256-764-6564, ext. 115.

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