SAPL celebrates Black History Month
As a community gathering place and setting for engaging discussion, the San Antonio Public Library strives to produce fun and educational programming that celebrates the diversity of the Alamo City. During the month of February, we celebrate Black History Month, a time to recognize and honor the central role of Black Americans in U.S. history. The San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) will host a variety of events and discussions throughout the month at various branch locations that offer a contemporary look at Black History Month while addressing the historical narrative. In addition to the events below, many branch locations will feature Black History Month programs and activities for all ages. Visit MySAPL.org for a complete list.
Black History Month Events will take place at the following Library locations:
Back to My Roots Series- Natural Hair Texas is exploring the past, present and future of natural black hair and organic skin care at SAPL locations across the city as part of the Library’s Black History Month events.
Founded in 2007, the “naturalistas” of the San Antonio Natural Hair Meetup are the premiere black hair resource in South Texas, with 1,400 members and more than 200 events to their credit.
Thur., 2/12 | 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Carver Branch Library (3350 E. Commerce, 78220)
Natural Styles Workshop– Natural and loc stylists, product creators and bloggers will assemble for a discussion of natural curls: healthy hair, products, extensions and additions, transitioning, styling, locs, straightening, coloring and, of course, hair don’ts.
Thur., 2/19 | 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Semmes Branch Library (15060 Judson Rd., 78247)
Curly Kids- If your child has curly or wavy hair, grooming and styling can be confusing, daunting and—as your kid’s tears and winces may suggest—painful. Learn the how-to’s, how-come’s, why-not’s, and oh-no’s of children’s styling.
Sat., 2/21 | 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Igo Branch Library (13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy., 78249)
Natural Locs for the Sexes– Natural looks and cultural styles—cornrows, dreadlocks and fros—are trending with both genders. We’ll cover styles, techniques, products, trends and care. Men, this session will also focus on your skin concerns and solutions.
Sun., 2/22 | 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Central Library (600 Soledad, 78205)
Natural Hair in America: Experience & Discussion– Share this journey together in a conversation with professionals, scholars and next-door-neighbors to get the big picture of natural hair—its influence on public and self-perceptions; effects on careers, relationships and home environments; creamy crack addicts and pet peeves. Contribute your thoughts to the discussion, or just join in for the experience. And please… please, don’t touch my hair.
Thur., 2/26 | 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Semmes Branch Library (15060 Judson Rd., 78247)
DIY Organic Hair & Skin Care- Your body is 100% natural, so treat it right. We’ll talk homemade hair and skin products and cosmetics for anyone interested in effective, natural living.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Exhibit- Forest Hills Library proudly presents an exhibit in celebration of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a service sorority of predominately Black, college educated women founded in 1913 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC. Since its founding, more than 200,000 women have joined the organization. The San Antonio Alumnae Chapter was chartered in 1933 by one of the sorority’s twenty-two founders, Myra Davis Hemmings. The exhibit will include a historical journey reflecting the sorority’s rich history and its accomplishments.
Thur., 1/29 – Fri., 3/27| Forest Hills Branch Library (5245 Ingram Rd., 78228)
Sun., 2/15 | 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.- “12 Years a Slave,” Rated R and intended for mature audiences, is a 2013 historical drama film and an adaptation of the 1853 slave narrative memoir “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free African-American man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841 and sold into slavery. “12 Years a Slave” is the Spring Mayor’s Book Club pick.
Sat., 2/21 | 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.- “42: The Jackie Robinson Story,” rated PG-13, is the story of Jackie Robinson, who broke the professional baseball race barrier to become the first African American MLB player of the modern era. “42” tells the life story of Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.
Sat., 2/28 | 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Disney’s “Ruby Bridges, a real American Hero” tells the remarkable story of six-year old Ruby who is chosen to be the first African-American to integrate her local New Orleans elementary school. Her strength and dignity during the 1960’s helped change history.
Black History Cinema- Visit Carver Branch Library for movies that celebrate Black History Month. Carver Branch Library (3350 E. Commerce, 78220).
Tues., 2/10 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – A showing of the documentary of the last days of one of pop music’s greatest figures. The film will follow the gloved one’s concert tour preparations right before his untimely death in 2009.
Tues., 2/17 | 5:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. – The true story of the famous baseball player who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.
Africa & the Slave Trade- Beverly J. Harris & Bro. Nias I will give a presentation discussing Africans and the slave trade. Topics to be discussed will include: the African diaspora, the African slave trade, Africans in European Art, Africans in Ghana and forgiveness/atonement. Come and join us to discuss these topics and view genuine artifacts from their amazing journeys to Africa.
Sat., 2/14 | 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Carver Branch Library (3350 E. Commerce, 78220)
Teen Time-Celebrate Black History Month in 3-D- Celebrate Black History by honoring the inventor Kenneth J. Dunkley. He is the inventor of 3-D glasses (anaglyph eyeglasses). Dunkley is also a leader in the field of holography. Come and join us in the library as we create 3-D glasses and watch a short 3-D film.
Tues., 2/17 | 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Pruitt at Roosevelt High School Branch Library (5110 Walzem Rd., 78218)
The Legacy of the Venus Hottentot in Contemporary Rap Culture- UTSA Assistant Professor Kinitra Brooks will discuss the subject of Black women’s bodies in pop culture. This talk will specifically examine the fantasy and realities of Black women’s bodies and how profitable misperceptions affect the lived realities of Black women’s everyday lives.
Sat., 2/21 | 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Igo Branch Library (13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy., 78249)
Frederick Douglass: His Life & Legacy- Join us on the 120th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’ death for this panel discussion about the important role of this former slave, abolitionist and U.S. ambassador. Douglass’ handwritten eulogy (by I.C. Wears) and a letter written by Douglass during his role as Counsel General to the Republic of Haiti will be displayed.
Tues., 2/24 | 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Central Library (600 Soledad, 78205)
For more information on these and other events, visit mysapl.org or call 210-207-2500.