Montgomery County Public Libraries to Host Black History Month Programs

by Patrick Herron
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For Immediate Release: Monday, January 31, 2022

Montgomery County Public Libraries will host the following programs in observance of Black History Month. All programs are free and offered virtually. An internet connection and a device (such as a smartphone, tablet or computer) are required for participation.

Thursday, Feb. 3, 6 p.m. Jeopardy! Game for Black History Month

Do you like to play Jeopardy? Do you like history? If so, join us and get ready to have some fun!

Saturday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. Janice the Griot, Storyteller

Why do tigers no longer live in Africa? How did Mama Mouse save her babies from the Cat? Janice the Griot tells African Folktales. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Silver Spring Chapter.

Monday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. The Fire of Frederick Douglass: A Presentation by Richard Bell

Explore Frederick Douglass’ impact on our modern struggle to advance the cause of black freedom in the United States with Richard Bell, Professor of History at University of Maryland, College Park.

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 1 p.m. Separate But Unequal – The History of School Segregation in Montgomery County

Historian Ralph Buglass will discuss the history and development of the segregated public schools, the practice of “separate but equal,” the importance of education to newly emancipated African Americans, and the process of desegregation in the mid-20th Century in Montgomery County.

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m. Ask the Doctor: COVID-19 and Holistic Health

Do you have questions about COVID-19 and how to best support your holistic health during this pandemic? Join Dr. Fernando Porter and the Black Physicians and Healthcare Network for an open dialogue.

Thursday, Feb. 10, 6 p.m. Black History Month Trivia

Celebrate African American achievements throughout history by putting your knowledge to the test!

Saturday, Feb. 12, 2 p.m. The Three Reported Lynchings in Montgomery County

There are three documented cases of lynching in Montgomery County: George Peck, John Diggs-Dorsey and Sidney Randolph. Archivist Sarah Hedlund presents comprehensive narratives on these three cases.

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m. African-American Authors in Science Fiction: A Panel Discussion

Learn about the experiences of African American authors in science fiction.

Saturday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m. Human Beatbox with Christylez Bacon

Join Grammy nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist Christylez Bacon for a Human Beatbox program for children and families.

Sunday, Feb. 27, 2 p.m. Montgomery County’s Little-Known Rosenwald Schools – Presenter Ralph Buglass

Montgomery County once had 17 Rosenwald schools. Learn about the schools’ remarkable impact and importance, along with then-and-now photos of the five buildings that survive.

Attendees will need to be logged in to Zoom to attend all virtual program. A free account can be created on the Zoom website – https://zoom.us/signin.

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