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 Feb. 14 and Abraham Lincoln 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. 11 at 10 a.m. and another for adults and teens at 6 p.m. WATJA for all ages will come to the NEB Feb. 10 at 6 p.m.
The NPL will host a Family Art Night for all ages, with sign-up, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. where patrons will recreate a work from the expressionist Alma Thomas. There will also be a Black History Month themed indoor mini-golf course Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. for all ages, with sign-up.
Black History Month in the Movies at the NPL will be Feb. 6 (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 6 p.m. and no sign-up is required.
Black History Month Bingo for all ages will be Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. Patrons will play for cash prizes donated by local businesses and organizations. No sign-up is required.
For more information about these programs, contact Community Outreach Coordinator Alan Niette at (318) 238-9236, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the NPL’s Facebook page.