Courtesy of D.C. Public Library

The D.C. Public Library System will host numerous engaging conversations remembering and celebrating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and Black History Month.

A 56’x7′ oil painting depicting the life and work of King, contributed by artist Donald L. Miller, will be discussed by his son Craig Miller and Dr. Leslie King-Hammond, graduate dean emeritus and founding director of the Center for Race and Culture at Maryland Institute College of Art. They will review his work as an artist putting it into a larger context of American art.

The library will also celebrate the late Coretta Scott King with a special Author Talk including her friend and journalist, Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, who will examine Coretta’s life in posthumous memoir she authored, “My Life, My Love, My Legacy.”

MLK Holiday Events:
Discussion: Donald L. Miller and the King Mural
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. NW

Craig Miller, the artist’s son, will discuss the art of the King Mural and his father’s art-making process. He will share photos of Miller making the mural and discuss the importance of its imagery. A question-and-answer session will follow the lecture.

Author Talk: ‘My Life, My Love, My Legacy’ with Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 6:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. NW

The memoir will be released in January 2017. In it, King speaks candidly about her childhood in Alabama, her marriage to Martin Luther King Jr. and becoming a civil and human rights activist in her own right. A question-and-answer session will follow the discussion. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Author Talk: Karen Branan, ‘The Family Tree’
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2 p.m.
Northeast Library
330 7th St. NE

Karen Branan researched the act of hanging for 20 years, resulting in the book, “The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, a Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth.”

Black History Month Events:

Discussion: African American Leisure Activities with Patsy M. Fletcher & Marya McQuirter
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2 p.m.
Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library
1630 7th St. NW

Historian Patsy Mose Fletcher, author of “Historically African American Leisure Destinations around Washington, D.C.,” and historian Marya McQuirter will discuss the history of African-American leisure activities and places where they could relax without worrying about racism.

A question-and-answer session will follow the discussion. A photography exhibit related to the discussion will be on view at the Shaw library during the month of February.

Lecture: Wesley Lowery – ‘The Obama Years: An Assessment of Race Relations in the United States’
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. NW

Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery contributed to the newspaper’s 2016 Pulitzer Prize for the creation of the database tracking how often and why police shoot to kill their victims. He will discuss if U.S. race relations have improved since President Obama entered the White House, the Black Lives Matter Movement and the fatal attacks on law enforcement officers.

Lowery is also the author of the forthcoming book, “They Can’t Kill Us All:  Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement.”

Black History Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
Saturday, Feb. 18, 1:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. NW

Want to help researchers find accurate information about black history? Wikipedia DC will lead an Edit-a-thon for Black History Month. Learn how to improve or update Wikipedia articles relating to black life and history in D.C. Attendees will also create or revise new entries related to the library’s Black Studies collections. Participants should bring a laptop for editing articles.

Lecture: Alicia Montgomery – ‘President Donald J. Trump: An Assessment His First 100 Days’
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. NW

Donald Trump’s election as the 45th president of the United States has many African-Americans, Muslims and immigrants fearful. Some fear being vilified. Some fear being deported. Alicia Montgomery, editorial/regional news director of WAMU 88.5 and former supervising senior producer of NPR’s “Code Switch,” will discuss what she believes Trump’s first 100 days’ pledge to be the “president for all Americans” will mean.

AfroFuturist Affair: Octavia Butler’s ‘Kindred’ and Time Travel
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2:30 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant Library
3160 16th St. NW

Can someone travel through time without a machine or an advanced degree and actively create the future? Using Octavia Butler’s historical fiction masterpiece “Kindred,” AfroFuturist Affair founder Rasheedah Phillips proposes that time travel, defined as the re-examination of our pasts and active creation of our futures, is accessible to everyone.

Phillips’ workshop focuses on time travel in some of its most practical applications, introduces participants to ancient African notions of time, space and technology and their modern-day manifestation in science.

Sarafina Wright –Washington Informer Staff Writer

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s...

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