Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Black History Month 2021: The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity

The theme of Black History Month 2021 is "The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity," chosen by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. There are many events happening across the state in celebration of Black History Month. Sign up today!

ALL OF FEBRUARY

 

'Happy Birthday Dr. Justina Ford' 
Online

Produced and directed by Sylvia Lambe, "Happy Birthday, Dr. Justina Ford" continues Denver's year-long tribute to Colorado's first licensed female African American doctor. The film features interviews with Denverites who saved her home from demolition in the early 80s, with rare footage of the house being physically moved from Arapahoe Street to its current location on California Street, now home to the Black American West Museum . Ford's personal tale of perseverance and compassion is told by Adrienne Martin-Fullwood, a local reenactor who conveys not only the emotional impact of the many obstacles Dr. Ford faced in her career but also her joy in providing medical care to the underserved in the Five Points neighborhood.

 

FEB. 10

The Year 1963 - An Active Minds Event 
Online, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

1963 is considered a definitive year in the history of the civil rights movement. It also saw the peak of the Cold War, the seeds of the feminist movement, the rise of the youth culture and the tragic assassination of John F. Kennedy. During this free, live webinar from Active Minds, you'll travel back in time to this key year in history and explore these and other milestone events.

 

Black History Month: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
Online, 1–1:45 p.m.

Celebrate Black History Month with Aurora Fox-Cultural Concerts on Colfax, the metro area's largest and longest-running multi-cultural, multi-collaborative concert series. This month's free streaming event features Cleo Parker Robinson Dance  and showcases the music, dance and songs that exemplify the spirit of Black History Month.

 

FEB. 11

'The Order of Myths: Racism in Mardi Gras Celebrations' - Doc & Talk Series 
Online, 7–8 p.m.
This week the Denver Public Library will host a discussion about this award-winning documentary on the origins of Mardi Gras and the fact that, more than 300 years later, it is still racially segregated. Watch the film at your leisure (available for streaming on Kanopy with your library card) anytime before the online video discussion. 

 

Generational Curses: The Relationship Between Mental Health and The Black Community
Online, 1–3 p.m.
Join Community College of Denver's Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion in a discussion about the Black community's difficult relationship with mental wellness and the importance of breaking down generational traumas. 


FEB. 17 

'We’re Better Than This' - A Discussion of Congressman Cummings' Political Memoir 
Online 5–6 p.m.

Join Denver Public Library for an evening with Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings (the Founder, President, and CEO of Global Policy Solutions), congressman Elijah Cummings' widow, and co-author James Dale as they discuss Elijah Cummings' inspiring book, "We’re Better Than This." Registration required.

Ragtime & the Music of Scott Joplin - An Active Minds Event 
Online, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Take a musical journey into the world of ragtime and Scott Joplin during this free, live webinar from Active Minds. Examine ragtime's origins in African American traditions, its emergence among Tin Pan Alley tunes and its surge in popularity in the early 20th century. 

 

FEB. 18

'Thunder Soul' - Doc & Talk Series 
Online, 7–8 p.m.
This week the Denver Public Library will host a discussion about the documentary "Thunder Soul," which follows alumni from Houston's storied Kashmere High School Stage Band as they return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for their beloved band leader who turned the struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s. Watch the film at your leisure (available for streaming on Kanopy with your library card) anytime before the

online video discussion. 

 

FEB. 22

Malcolm X - An Active Minds Event 
Online, 2–3 p.m.

It's been more than 55 years since the death of Malcolm X. Explore the life and legacy of this controversial civil rights leader during a free, live webinar from Active Minds and examine how Malcolm X’s efforts impacted history — and how his ideas continue to influence our society today. 


Medicines of the Black American Captive with Community Herbalist Monticue Connally
Online, 6–7 p.m.
Enslaved Africans survived in the harshest of conditions without the resources of their oppressors. How did they survive? Herbs! Learn about these medicinal plants, how slaves used them and how you can use them today in this virtual event from Denver Public Library.  

 

FEB. 23

'The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature' - R.A.D.A. Social Justice Book Discussion 
Online, 6–7:30 p.m.
The R.A.D.A (Read. Awareness. Dialogue. Action.) program provides a safe and responsible space to discuss community issues and movements of the day with respect and compassion within a structured environment. Denver Public Library's Black History Month selection, "The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature," by J. Drew Lanham, examines the connection between the unwelcome reception of BIPOC folks in outdoor spaces and the weaponization of race. Participants are encouraged to read the book in advance. 

 

Harriet Tubman - An Active Minds Event 
Online, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Born a slave in Maryland around 1820, Harriet Tubman escaped to freedom in 1849 and became the most famous “conductor” of the Underground Railroad, helping lead hundreds of slaves to freedom through a complex system of secret people and places. Join Active Minds for a free, live webinar about Tubman's life and legacy, including her efforts fighting in the Civil War and later fighting for women’s suffrage.

 

FEB. 25

'Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child' - Doc & Talk Series 
Online, 7–8 p.m.
This week the Denver Public Library will host a discussion about this documentary on artist and iconoclast Jean-Michel Basquiat. Watch the film at your leisure (available for streaming on Kanopy with your library card) anytime before the online video discussion.