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February 01
​Celebrate Black History Month at Wake County Public Libraries

Throughout the month of February, Wake County Public Libraries celebrates Black History Month by hosting a variety of programs and events where visitors can learn more about the depth of the African American experience, history and culture. Here is a sample of the opportunities available:

Lunsford Lane of Raleigh: Blackness, Manhood, Slavery, and Freedom in Antebellum America
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Olivia Raney Public Library
Follow the journey of Lunsford Lane from slavery to freedom with Dr. Craig Friend, professor of history at North Carolina State University. Lane was born a slave in 1803 in Raleigh. This program is offered in partnership with the Wake County Historical Society. Registration is not required.

Ella at 100: Celebrating the Artistry of Ella Fitzgerald
Sunday, Feb. 18, 2–3:30 p.m.
Richard B. Harrison Community Library
Celebrate the life and music of Ella Fitzgerald, the jazz legend born 100 years ago. View the biopic “Ella Fitzgerald: The Singer Not the Song” and listen to the sounds of The New Castle Combo as they share Fitzgerald’s songs and music. Registration is requested.

Meet Author Carole Boston Weatherford
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2–3 p.m.
Cameron Village Regional Library
How did slavery, segregation and social justice shape our history and cultural evolution? Find out from New York Times bestselling author and distinguished scholar Carole Boston Weatherford. Weatherford is acclaimed for works of fiction and nonfiction that speak to both adults and children. Families and readers of all ages are welcome. Registration is requested.

Other programs featuring art, music and lectures by local experts on black history will take place throughout February. Great books for further exploration are also available. For more information, contact Elena Owens, library experience manager, at eowens@wakegov.com.

For information on Wake County Public Libraries locations, programs and services, visit wakegov.com/libraries.





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