Join CPL as we celebrate African American History Month this February. Learn more about Afrofuturism and African American culture and traditions with our events and reading recommendations.
We're offering exciting African American History Month events for all ages throughout the month. Here are some of the highlights.
- Film Screening: Blueprint for Bronzeville, Saturday, February 1 at Woodson Regional Library: See a screening of this important documentary, then hear a panel discussion moderated by Leonard McGee, president of the Gap Community Organization, and featuring the film's directors, Tristan Hanson and Arlen Parsa; the film’s star, Valencia Hardy, and lifelong Chicago resident Cornelius Goodwin. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with Apostolic Faith Church choir, followed by Star Rock Missionary Baptist Church choir.
- Afrofuturistic Face Painting with Neko the Artist, Saturday, February 1 at Lincoln Park Branch: Neko demonstrates Afrofuturistic face painting inspired by traditional African designs and artwork.
- Author Discussion: Charlene A. Carruthers, Saturday, February 8 at Blackstone Branch: Carruthers discusses her book, Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements.
- Tonika Johnson's Folded Map Project, Monday, February 10 at West Englewood Branch: The social justice artist and photographer discusses her Folded Map Project, which visually connects residents who live at corresponding addresses on the North and South sides of Chicago.
- Chicago and Afrofuturism with Dr. Eve L. Ewing, Thursday, February 20 at Harold Washington Library Center: Writer and sociologist Ewing discusses Chicago and Afrofuturism in conversation with librarian and archivist Stacie Williams.
- Food Is Family History, Monday, February 10 at Harold Washington Library Center: Chef Lamar Moore and Constance Simms-Kincaid and Robert Kincaid, owners of 5 Loaves Eatery; and Batter & Berries executive chef Ken Polk discuss the art of preserving family history, traditions and memories through cooking.
- Afrofuturism and Black Liberation: Clearing the Path to Ensure Black People Make It to the Future, Saturday, February 15 at Woodson Regional Library: Katelyn Johnson, executive director of Action Now Institution, facilitates this discussion as panelists, including Marcia Walker-McWilliams, executive director of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, share their thoughts on current issues within black communities and, relying on their creativity, their hopes for the future.
- Marvel and DC, We Got Next!, Saturday, February 22 at Albany Park Branch: The president and CEO of the Creative Extreme explain how to go beyond being just a comic book fan to building your own business, brand and fictional universe.
Events for Kids and Teens
- Journey Expressed Through the Art of Collage, Saturday, February 1 and Saturday, February 8 at Whitney M. Young, Jr. Branch: Kids and teens, learn from a collage artist how to express your ideas and knowledge through collage.
- Black (Super) Power: Celebrating Afrofuturistic Heroes, Monday, February 3 at Woodson Regional Library: Kids and tweens, create a character trailer for your hero using digital media making equipment, props and a green screen.