Baltimore County Public Library celebrates Black History Month with virtual events – CBS Baltimore
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — To celebrate Black History Month, the Baltimore County Public Library is hosting several events, and this year they’re all virtual.
Through songs and lectures, Baltimore-born musician and educator Lea Morris explains the role music played in the civil rights movement.
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“The civil rights movement – this ongoing press; this story arc toward justice, as Dr. King described it, is not a dark sentiment,” Morris said.
Morris is just one of many artists and speakers participating in Black History Month programs offered by the Baltimore County Public Library.
“Black History Month is first and foremost about American history, isn’t it? And that’s something we should be talking about all year long,” the library director said. , Sonia Alcantara-Antoine “But we honor it during the month of February and it’s just a great opportunity for people to learn more about our shared history and our past.”
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All February events will be virtual due to the pandemic, which is only expanding the reach of the library.
“Before the pandemic, you know, we would have done in-person programs,” Alcantara-Antoine said. “But we’ve found a way to continue to bring these programs to the community and connect, and it’s going extremely well.”
Alcantara-Antoine said the library has had no problem getting people to attend programs or getting “fabulous speakers to come and present.”
While the library won’t resume in-person programming until March 1, there are plenty of virtual activities and events available for those interested in learning more about the nation’s history.
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For a full list of events, see the Library Events Calendar here. Below are a handful of notable upcoming events:
- Author Virtual Tour: Jason Reynolds
- Tuesday, February 15 at 7 p.m.
- Attendees are invited to take part in a virtual session with Jason Reynolds, a New York Times bestselling author who has written extensively on racial and social justice. His work includes All American Boys (2015) and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (2021).
- Riding the Rails: Pullman Porters’ Activism and Service
- Saturday February 19 at 11 a.m.
- This virtual event explores the coast-to-coast train journeys undertaken by Pullman porters, black men hired after the Civil War to work on passenger trains. The library says this session will educate attendees about the lives of Porters and efforts to move their lives forward.
- Meet the Authors–Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
- Wednesday, February 23 at 7 p.m.
- Benedict and Murray discuss the research that led to the writing of The Personal Library, a New York Times bestseller that chronicles the life of Belle da Costa Greene, an African-American woman hired to build a collection of rare books for JP Morgan.