Black History Month Events
Featuring Music, Dance, and Art

The Library will be filled with music, dance, and art in February as we celebrate the contributions of African Americans to our country’s history. All events are free and open to the public.

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Art Exhibits

PhotoOpening Reception for Guichard Gallery and Photography Exhibitions
Saturday, February 3 at 4:30pm

Two art exhibits during February will be opened with a reception immediately following the 3:00pm jazz concert. The Radmacher Gallery displays works from the Guichard Gallery in Bronzeville, featuring local, national, and international artists from the African Diaspora genre. The East Gallery is dedicated to a photographic celebration of New Orleans. Photographs from New Orleans before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina include images by Frank Relle, Preservation Hall, and SNAP, collected by, and including images by, Skokie resident Lynn Orman Weiss.

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Smooth Jazz with Pippi Ardennia
Saturday, February 3 at 3:00pm

Vocalist Pippi Ardennia sings jazz classics and original compositions in the smooth jazz style. A Chicago native who now lives in Minneapolis, Pippi has performed at many of Chicago's most respected jazz clubs and has sung for President Clinton, Tony Bennett, and Liza Minelli. Her CD Black Coffee will be available for purchase.

PhotoJazz from New Orleans: Tovi Kahli and Friends,
Sunday, February 11 at 4:00pm

Vocalist Tovi Kahli and her band are jazz musicians from New Orleans who are making a new life in the Chicago area. Before Hurricane Katrina, Tovi sang with Dwayne Doopsie and the Zydeco Hell-Raisers and an original funk band named Scunc.

Big Band Era Jazz
Sunday, February 25 at 3:00pm

The Highland Park Pops Big Band plays classic and familiar arrangements of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, and others.

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Tap Dance with Reggio "The Hoofer"
Sunday, February 18 at 3:00pm

Reggio "the Hoofer" McLaughlin reviews the history of tap, taking the audience on a journey through the sounds of his feet as he traces tap dance back to its foot-stomping roots in Africa, the intricate steps and tap routines of Vaudeville, the dynamic energy of the Harlem Renaissance, and the Broadway Musical.

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PhotoArt Project

Show Way to Freedom
Sunday, February 11 at 2:00pm

Show Ways were quilts that once served as secret maps for freedom-seeking slaves. Artist Leslie Baum will lead children in grades 3 through 8 in an art project inspired by Jacqueline Woodson's award-winning book Show Way. Registration in the Youth Services Department is required (beginning February 1) — call 847.324.3149.

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The Gospel
Friday, February 16 at 7:00pm
The story of the prodigal son meets modern movie sensibilities and an array of today's compelling gospel music stars.

Ruby Bridges
Friday, February 9 at 7:00pm and Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00pm

This compelling film tells the story of six-year-old Ruby Bridges, one of the first African Americans to integrate a public school in New Orleans, as she encounters the ugliness of racism for the first time.

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Coretta Scott King Awards
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Book covers and other materials related to this prestigious award, which honors African-American authors and illustrators of children’s books, will be displayed in the East Lobby display case.

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The Village of Skokie's Human Relations Commission is co-sponsoring Black History Month events with the Library. Many thanks to Marjorie Howard and Jim Coney for their assistance.