Celebrating Black History Month: Events in the Baton Rouge Area

February is Black History Month!

February is Black History Month! To celebrate, several events are happening in the Baton Rouge area to commemorate the culture and traditions of African-Americans and their impact on United States history.

One Book One Community LAUNCH PARTY Celebrating Hidden Figures

Everyone in the family is invited to come out to a free, fun, family friendly launch party at the Main Library at Goodwood at 6 p.m. Saturday, February 24, in honor of this year’s selection Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. There will be food, music, games, prizes, stargazing, a Moon Walk (cake walk) and much more! For more information, visit www.ReadOneBook.org.

Black History Month Trivia for Adults

Come to the Carver Branch at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 28, for a game of friendly competition with other adults on black history. This will be held at the end of February, so you have enough time to brush up on your history now!

Traditional African Textiles

Teens can come to the Carver Branch at 4 p.m. Monday, February 26, to honor Black History Month through the appreciation of fabric and fashion. Explore printmaking and patterning through traditional African textiles to make a beautiful hand-stamped scarf or bandana inspired by traditional African fabrics such as Kente cloth, Mud cloth and Ankara cloth.

Peanut History Story/Craft

Kids ages 8-11 are invited to the Carver Branch at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 20, to hear a reading of George Washington Carver by Julia Garstecki. Afterwards, each child will create a peanut man craft! Registration is required. To register, call the Children’s Room at (225) 389-7460.

Fairwood Awesome Bookworms Book Club

Kids ages 7-11 can come to the Fairwood Awesome Bookworms (FAB) Book Club meeting at the Fairwood Branch at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 27! They will be reading Daniel Hale Williams: Surgeon Who Opened Hearts and Minds, a biography of the pioneering African-American doctor who in 1893 was one of the first in the world to successfully perform open heart surgery. Afterwards, you’ll learn a little about your own heart when you take your pulse both resting and after light exercise. Registration is required. To register, call the Children’s Room at (225) 924-9386.

Blacks in Academia Lecture Series

LSU will be hosting a lecture series at noon at the African American Cultural Center every Wednesday (minus Valentine’s Day) discussing African-Americans in higher Academia.

The Historic Voices of Change: Moments in EBR Parish Black History

On Thursday, February 22nd at Independence Theatre Councilwoman Erika L. Green in partnership with BREC will host The Historic Voices of Change: Moments in EBR Parish Black History. The program will begin at 6:30 pm. Participants in the program include Keynote Speaker–Raymond A. Jetson (MetroMorphosis), EnPointe Dance Studio, JK Haynes Charter School Jazz Ensemble and more! The goal of the program is to celebrate moments of Black history inspired by Baton Rouge. The event is free and open to the public.

The 25th Anniversary Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Culture Center Jazz Brunch

The jazz brunch is one just one of the special events LSU will be putting on for Black History Month. The brunch showcases and recognizes the contributions of faculty, staff, students, volunteers and more who work to advance the lives of African Americans. The event will be held at the LSU Club at Union Square at 10:30 AM on Saturday February 24th. Proceeds from tickets will be used to support student programs in the Clarence L. Barney Jr. AACC.

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Port Allen Black History Parade

The Black History Parade will be February 17, 2018 at 1:00pm in Port Allen, La sponsored by Save Our Sons Organization. Line-up for the Parade begins at 11:30am at the True Worshipers Christian Center and the Parade starts at 1:00pm.