Since 1976, the United States has celebrated the history, culture, and contributions of African Americans since the African diaspora. Before this, historian Carter G. Woodson had announced the second week of February, due to it coinciding with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass on Feb. 14 and Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12, to be a time of celebration as black communities had celebrated these dates together since the late 19th century.
In keeping with this tradition, the Natchitoches Parish Library (NPL) has planned events throughout the month to encourage the celebration and remembrance of African American heritage and history.
For those interested in jazz, there will be a live performance from saxophonist Shenol Latimer at both branches. The NPL will have “What’s All That Jazz About” (WATJA) for kids Feb. 11th at 10am, and another for adults and teens at 6pm. WATJA for all ages will come to the NEB Feb. 10 at 6pm.
Feb. 20 at 6pm the NPL will host a Family Art Night, for all ages, with sign-up, where patrons will recreate a work from the expressionist Alma Thomas. There will also be a Black History Month (BHM) themed indoor mini-golf course on Feb. 25 at 6:30PM for all ages, with sign-up. Both of these are perfect for a family outing.
BHM in the Movies at the NPL will be Feb. 6th (with a talk-along– viewing of The Color Purple, for Adults and Teens), Feb. 12 (Black Panther, for all ages), Feb. 18 (Coming to America, for Adults and their Teens), and Feb. 27 (sing-along with The Wiz, for all ages). All films will start at 6pm; no sign-up required!
BHM Bingo for all ages will be held Feb. 13 at 6pm. Patrons will play for cash prizes donated by local businesses and organizations. No sign-up is required.
For more information about these programs, contact Alan Niette, Community Outreach Coordinator, at 318-238-9236.