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Metropolitan Library System: Black History Month

All month long, MLS will be highlighting and showcasing individuals, groups, and movements that celebrate Black History Month. (MLS)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KOKH) The Metropolitan Library System (MLS) will celebrate Black History Month with programs available at Oklahoma County libraries throughout the month of February. All month long, MLS will be highlighting and showcasing individuals, groups, and movements that celebrate Black History Month. Of course, there are always plenty of books and references available at the libraries year-round.

"Oklahoma is...All That Jazz!"
Kicking off the month is a popular musical group, Short Dogg. They will take you on a musical journey through Oklahoma's jazz history, beginning with the deep deuce jazz era in Oklahoma City, through the Greenwood jazz scene in Tulsa, then through today's contemporary jazz era. Sunday, February 11, 2-3 PM at the Edmond Library.

"Before the Land Run"
Explore Oklahoma history, and travel to the Historic All Black Towns of our state. From 1850 to 1911, thirty to fifty Black towns were established in Oklahoma- more than any other state in the Union. Librarian and musician Cheryl Coleman will introduce the people who live in the 13 towns that still exist. Come and enjoy this musical tribute. Presented by: Cheryl Coleman, library staff at the Warr Acres Library

"Black and Indian Identities in the American West"
History tells us Oklahoma found itself at the center of a national debate concerning the term "freedmen" during the late nineteenth century. Learn more as the library welcomes doctoral student of history, Leroy Myers, as he details the relationship between Native freedmen and black Americans in Oklahoma. Saturday, February 10, 2-3 PM at the Belle Isle Library


"The Principal, Superintendent and the Philanthropist"
Lena Sawner, Oseola McCarty, and Betty Mason were three profoundly strong women each impacting education in their own way. Oklahoma City's own, Rhythmically Speaking is performing this story about the women who created a visionary trinity of knowledge which made a lasting impact on education. Come to the library and see this original production!Presented by: D'we Williams and Rhythmically Speaking www.rhythmicallyspeaking.net. D'we and her group have done programs for the library for 15+ years! Tuesday, February 20, 6:30 - 7:30 at the Northwest Library

For more information, visit www.metrolibrary.org


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