The Warmack Branch presents an African American Heritage Celebration from 2 to 3 pm on Saturday, February 16. The event will feature a special performance by the Ayubu Kamau Kings & Queens African Drum & Dance. The Ayubu Kamau Kings and Queens is a performing arts and youth empowerment organization centered in the education and preservation of African centered performing arts, history, culture and it's contributions to the world. The Warmack Branch is located at 760 Bardin Rd.
The Main Library presents author Warren Landrum and History in the Telling:Poems Celebrating Black History Month, a free program at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, February 19. Since moving from the steel-mill town of East Chicago, Indiana to Grand Prairie, Warren Landrum has become active in many aspects of the community. He has served on the boards of several difference organizations such as Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful, the YMCA, and the public library.
He will be reading from his book of poetry The Heart and Soul of a Black Man, and his work Let’s Go Home to Indiana Harbor - Reflections from Mid-Town America.
"I am excited and honored to be sharing my work during Black History Month. I take great pride in taking every opportunity to lift up the accomplishments of my people, or to serve as a potential role-model for a child who may have never met an actual Black author."
The Main Library is located at 901 Conover Drive. During February, the Main Library hosts an exhibit on the life of Frederick Douglass. Made possible by Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the exhibition explores slavery and abolition through the life of one of the most famous men in nineteenth-century America.
On Tuesday, February 26, the Bowles Branch Library presents a free program presented by Baba Kwasi and the Ayubu Kamau Kings & Queens African Drum & Dance. At 5 pm they present "The Oldest Drum Beat in the World", a magical journey through African History with songs, African drumming, and storytelling. An array of African drums and percussion instruments will be set up and used to demonstrate the universal power of sound, vibration, movement and the roles that music and dance play in daily life.
The Bowles Branch is located inside the Bowles Life Center at 2750 Graham St. For more information, call 972-237-7540.