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Black History Month

Join us as we celebrate Black History Month.

The History of the Lake Como Community

Presented by: Gayle W. Hanson, Texas Historical and Ancestry Researchers

In commemoration of Black History Month, genealogist and local historian Gayle W. Hanson will share the story of the Lake Como community in west Fort Worth. First settled by black families in the early 1900s, residents developed a thriving neighborhood over the passing decades. Having weathered the Depression, both world wars, the struggle for civil rights, and integration, members of the community remain tightly knit and deeply devoted to their shared past.

Gayle W. Hanson is a historian, genealogist, lecturer, and researcher for Texas Historical and Ancestry Researchers in Arlington, Texas. Her area of expertise is historical research (Slavery to World War II) and family history. Ms. Hanson is presently working on several historical projects including the WPA Federal Writers Project Ex-Slave Narratives of Tarrant County, the Early Negro Schools of Tarrant County, and the Jeanes Supervisors of Texas.

  • 10:30 a.m. - Noon, Saturday, Feb. 4, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

Program is for adults.

Stories Alive!

In celebration of Black History Month, author and storyteller Toni Simmons brings African and African-American stories to life with the use of rhythm, songs and audience participation.

Learning Objective: Participants will be encouraged and motivated to read; learn about the African and African-American culture; and be exposed to the ancient art of storytelling.

Program is 60 minutes and for ages 6 - 12.

Living Museum: “Ain’t I a Woman”

Abolitionist Sojourner Truth may be best remembered in history for her stirring “Ain’t I a Woman” speech, but there’s much more to know about the American heroine who started her life as a Dutch speaking slave. Singer, historian and storyteller Catherine Whiteman explores Truth’s journey in the one-woman show, “Ain’t I a Woman.”

Program is 60 minutes and for teens.

Jazzy Giants

In recognition of Black History Month, join us for a literary and musical celebration of Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie. Participants will learn about the lives of jazz giants and experience their music as well as the music of other great jazz musicians.

Learning Objective: Participants will ask and answer questions, identify similarities and differences in characteristics of people and participate in music activities.

Program is 60 minutes and for ages 3 - 5.

Kaleidoscope of African-American Art

Original works and prints from local artists Ken Carter and John Johnson explore different colors and mediums that shaped African-American culture. On display at the Ella Mae Shamblee branch from Dec. 3, 2016 - Feb. 24, 2017.

Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society: Our Story is a Shared History

Founded in 1977 by Lenora Rolla, the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society strives to document the African-American experience in Tarrant County. This exhibit of images from their records reflects community, education, business and political activity. On display in the West Wing of the Central Library from Jan. 3 - Apr. 13.

Stages of Struggle and Celebration: Black Theatre in Texas

Showcasing Texas State University professors, Drs. Sandra M. Mayo and Elvin Holt’s groundbreaking research, the exhibit explores the history of black theatre and its cultural impact featuring costumes, posters, set designs, and “perfect moment” production photos. Discover the struggles, triumphs and enduring legacy of black theatre in Texas from its roots in the Texas minstrel troupes of the 1800’s to the current works of writers, actors, directors and producers. On display in the Gallery of the Central Library from Jan. 14 - Feb. 18. There will be a reception from 3 - 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Last updated: Jan. 26, 2017