Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is celebrating Black History month by recognizing the contributions, achievements and excellence of African Americans in music and culture.
Events for children, teens, adults and families will take place all month long in various Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations. Visit carnegielibrary.org/bhm for a full list of events and event details.
Selected events include:
25th National African American Read-In: Saturday, Feb. 1, 1 – 4 p.m., CLP – Homewood, 7101 Hamilton Avenue, 15208.
The Read-In has been endorsed by the International Reading Association. More than one million readers of all ethnic groups from the United States, the District of Columbia, the West Indies, African countries and more have participated. The goal is to make the celebration of African American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities.
Author Event: Pittsburgh Jazz by John M. Brewer Jr.: Saturday, Feb. 1, 12 – 1:30 p.m., CLP – Woods Run, 1201 Woods Run Avenue, 15212.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh hosts historian John M. Brewer Jr., author of Pittsburgh Jazz, which documents the almost forgotten host of artists, uptown inner city streets and jazz joints that served as venues for delightful and improvised songs. Mr. Brewer will discuss the African American culture in Pittsburgh that helped create Pittsburgh Jazz.
Inside Twelve Years a Slave: A Conversation with Clayton Adams: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2:30 p.m., CLP – Downtown & Business, 612 Smithfield Street, 15222.
The novel Twelve Years a Slave follows the personal account of Solomon Northrup, a prominent free black man living in New York, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the 1840s. Separated from his wife and children, Solomon spent twelve long years of suffering, degradation and hard labor as a slave in Louisiana before he was rescued. Join Clayton Adams, descendent of Solomon Northrup, as he discusses this heroic and true story that has captured audiences across time.
Sunday Afternoon Music Series: Pittsburgh Gospel Choir Sunday, February 9 / 2 pm CLP – Main, First Floor Quiet Reading Room, 4400 Forbes Avenue, 15213
Listen to American gospel as performed by the multi-aged and multi-ethnic members of the Pittsburgh Gospel Choir for an uplifting and entertaining afternoon.
Poetic Strings: Sunday, Feb. 16, 2 - 4 p.m., CLP – Squirrel Hill, 5801 Forbes Avenue, 15217.
Members of the Squirrel Hill Writers’ Studio will read their poems written about musicians who have influenced their lives and what Black History Month means to them. The audience will be invited to write a poem at the event and share with everyone.
African American Film Series: ROCKSTEADY: The Roots of Reggae: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 5:30 p.m.
This film tells the story of the Rocksteady era (1966-69), considered by music experts to be the golden age of Jamaican music. Presented in partnership with Sembene-The Film and Arts Festival.
I’ve Got Rhythm: A Musical Celebration of African American Musicians and Writers: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 6 p.m., CLP – Homewood, 7101 Hamilton Avenue, 15208.
Families are invited to participate in this interactive storytime featuring African American musicians’ and authors’ works.
Meet the Filmmakers: Game Changers Project: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2:30 p.m., CLP – Downtown & Business, 612 Smithfield Street, 15222.
The Game Changers Project is a nonprofit organization and media fellowship partially funded by the Heinz Endowment that celebrates and supports Pittsburgh African American filmmakers. Join in for a film screening that will feature four local filmmakers and their documentary projects followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers themselves.
World Kaleidoscope: Soldiers and Sailors United States Colored Troops Drum Corps: Sunday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m., CLP – Main, First Floor Quiet Reading Room, 4400 Forbes Avenue, 15213.
The 6th Regiment United States Colored Troops Drum and Fife Reenactment Corps honors African American soldiers in the Civil War. Young men wear reproduction uniforms, perform drum beats from the time period and strive to teach Americans about the challenges of African Americans who fought for the U.S. Army during the Civil War. The performance will include an overview of the history of the Civil War - with an emphasis on the deeds and sacrifices of African Americans.
Let’s Make Musical Instruments!: Monday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m., CLP – Hill District, 2177 Centre Avenue, 15219.
They will make instruments out of regular items, such as boxes, rubber bands and towel rolls, to form their own library band. Together, they’ll perform Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the ‘A’ Train.”
UMOJA will present an active performance of African dancing and drumming for all ages.