By: Virginia Volkman
For: Red Rock News
Date: February 5, 2016
Special Library Programs for Black History
As the Library celebrates Love Your Library Month in February, we also
celebrate Black History Month. We’ll be offering programs that highlight
the role African Americans played in Arizona history and in American literature.
A lively music program will round out the month’s offerings.
- On Wednesday, February 10, Akua Duku Anokye will present “African
American Pioneers of Arizona.” The presentation
begins at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds, 405 Jacks Canyon Road.
This compelling presentation shares stories about prominent African Americans
who contributed to the life and culture of Arizona. Each individual’s
life is contextualized using prominent events that have taken place in Arizona
and the impact his/her work had on the social, cultural, and political lives
of the state is discussed.
Akua Duku Anokye is Associate Professor of Africana Language, Literature,
and Culture and Director of International Initiatives at Arizona State University’s
New College. Her research centers on African Diaspora orality and literacy
practices, folklore, and oral history focusing on Ghanaian culture, religion,
storytelling, and dance. Her current projects feature Arizona culture and
Funded by Arizona Humanities and the Sedona Friends of the Library, the
program is free and open to the public. Please note: parking and seating
are limited at this location.
- On Thursday, February 11, plan to attend “The
Harlem Renaissance: Literary Movement,” with
Gladys Preshenda Jackson. This Arizona Humanities program,
which is free and open to the public, will be held from 6 to
8 p.m. at the main library on White Bear Road.
Jackson’s interactive presentation, which includes storytelling,
poetry, theater, art, and song, will explore the unique and exciting history
of African Americans during the Harlem Renaissance cultural movement. Spanning
the 1920s and early 1930s, this unprecedented period of expression is associated
with renowned writers such as Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and W.E.B.
Gladys Preshenda Jackson is a fourth-generation storyteller, an award-winning
poet, and a performing artist. During her tenure as an Artist-In-Residence
for the FRIENDS of Arts Education at the internationally acclaimed Cerritos
Center for the Performing Arts in Cerritos, California, she shared her stories
with tens of thousands of K-12 students, putting to good use her exceptional
- On Friday, February 19, from 10 to 10:45 a.m. in the main library’s
Si Birch Community Room, youth services welcomes local musical
duo Mor Beautiful Melodies with a special Black
Mor Beautiful Melodies is a spirited and intuitive jazz duo consisting
of thought provoking jazz guitarist Solomon Morris and eclectic vocalist
TW Morris. These native New Yorkers worked for many years in the field of
education. Solomon worked in public and private education spanning both
primary and secondary grades, while Theresa's career includes 10+ years
in an elementary school library.
They’ll be exploring spirituals, the blues, and folk heroes such
as John Henry. They turn what was once old into something new again with
storytelling and role playing.
We hope that you’ll join us at one of the many programs the Library
is offering this month. Check our events
calendar at www.sedonalibrary.org
for information about additional programs.
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Donations
and grants allow us to continue to offer free and innovative services
to residents and visitors. Your tax-deductible donation may be sent to:
Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336.
Sedona Public Library is located at 3250 White Bear Road in West
Sedona. Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Public Library in the Village is located at Bell Rock Plaza, Suite
51 A. Library hours in the Village are Tuesday through Friday
from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
You may call the main Library at 928.282.7714 and SPL-V at
928.284.1603 for more information about exhibits and services
that we offer.
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is
also presented on Sedona
Virginia Volkman is Library Director of the
Sedona Public Library.