Calendar of Events
Black History Month Events
Oral History Workshops for Teens
Members of Last Call, a local history organization, will teach teens age 11-17 about oral histories and how to conduct interviews. Teens will also get a chance to practice these skills and record interviews during this workshop. Food will be provided and advance registration is required.
Main Library on Saturday, February 17 from 11am - 3pm
Algiers Regional Library on Saturday, February 24 from 11am-3pm
Book Talk: Post-Racial Negro Green Book
Join us for a book talk event with author Jan Miles. The Post-Racial Negro Green Book is a state-by-state archive of 21st century racial bias against African Americans in the United States—from well-known police brutality incidents to everyday harassment. Presented by the African American Resource Collection.
Main Library on Sunday, February 18 from 2pm - 4pm
Recipe Collection Project
The Library is collecting recipes, and the stories behind them, for a community cookbook celebrating 300 years of African-American influence on New Orleans cuisine. Please email recipes and stories to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring them to any Library location by Wednesday, February 28.
Black History Month Potluck
Celebrate 300 years of African American influence on New Orleans cuisine at the Black History Month Potluck. Everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite family dish and stay for the presentation about the African roots of Louisiana’s Creole Cuisine at 6 pm.
Martin Luther King Library on Wednesday, February 21 from 4:30pm - 6pm
New Orleans 300: Ndar to New Orleans
Zella Palmer, chair of the Dillard University Ray Charles Program in African-American Material Culture, will discuss the African roots of Louisiana’s Creole cuisine.
Martin Luther King Library on Wednesday, February 21 from 6pm - 7:30pm
African Influence On Southern Food Traditions
African cooking is one of the pillars of the Southern food traditions we recognize, create, and consume today. Jennie Merrill, Director of Education at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum will discuss the influence of native African ingredients and cooking techniques on the food of our menus, grocery shelves, and kitchen tables. Sponsored by the Friends of Hubbell Library.
Hubbell Library on Wednesday, February 28 at 6:30pm
Queens, Baby Dolls and Social & Pleasure Clubs: Traditions and Rituals Exhibit
Exhibit of photographs and the ceremonial attire of the women who participate in the community based customs of the Black Masking/Mardi Gras Indian, Baby Doll and Social and Pleasure Club traditions.
Main Library on display through March 24
Black History Month Film Screenings
I Am Not Your Negro (rated PG 13)
East New Orleans Regional Library on Wednesday, February 21 from 6pm - 7:30pm
Get Out (rated R)
Black Sci-Fi Club February movie. All attendees must be 18 or older, or accompanied by an adult. The Black Sci-Fi Club meets monthly to explore black contributions to science fiction through books and film.
Main Library on Thursday, February 22 from 5:30pm - 7:45pm
Student Poster Design Contest
From early December through late January, students throughout Orleans parish participated in the 2018 Black History Month Poster Design Contest. Entries were judged on creativity, artistic merit, and the best representation of the 2018 poster theme, African Americans in Times of War.
Pre-K to 6th Grade Winners
1st place: Alexander Ventura
3rd grade, Hynes Charter School
2nd place: Opal O'Toole
4th grade, Waldorf School of New Orleans
3rd place: Rebecca Usey
6th grade, Hynes Charter School
7th Grade to 12th Grade Winners
1st place: Alice Hanks
7th grade, Hynes Charter School
2nd place: Ishmael Blackstone
11th grade, St. Martin's Episcopal School
3rd place: Devon Celistan Jr.
10th grade, KIPP Renaissance High School
The winning artists will also be included in the March issue of the Library magazine, and their posters will be displayed at all New Orleans Public Library locations throughout February.
Other Upcoming Events
While African American men’s roles in the indigenous ritual procession traditions go back over a century, the vital role of women is not as widely known. This exhibit illustrates a historical overview of the pride and work involved in preparing for the neighborhood processions that bring beauty and pride to New Orleans. It is documented through photographs and the ceremonial attire of the women who participate in the community based customs of the Black Masking/Mardi Gras Indian, Baby Doll and Social and Pleasure Club traditions. (More)