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February Virtual Display

Throughout this guide you will find resources on Black History (mostly in the United States) ranging from books and film to podcasts and websites. These resources will come from within McQuade Library as well as outside of the Merrimack College community.

Merrimack College Black History Month Events

Multicultural Initiative Celebrates Black History Month

February 2021 Events

  • Friday's Feature Film: Black Panther

Friday, Feb. 5th - 7PM

47 Lounge & The  Hub

Cosponsored by the Office of Residence Life 

  • Levels of Love: Social Media Campaign

Sign up: Feb. 7th-13th

Sunday Feb. 14th

Virtually via Instagram

Sponsored by the Black Student Association 

  • Entanglement: Trivia & Conversation

Wednesday Feb. 10th | 7PM

Virtual on Zoom

Cosponsored by the Black Student Association and Power Based Violence Planning Collective 

  • Lunar New Year Food Truck

Fried Rice & Egg Rolls

Thursday Feb. 11th | 7-9PM

Lot H

Cosponsored by Merrimack Cultural Diversity Alliance

  • DIY Lunar New Year Kit

Origami & Goodie Bags

Friday, Feb. 12th | 6PM

Pick up at the Unity House

Cosponsored by Merrimack Cultural Diversity Alliance

  • Friday's Feature Film: Moonlight

Friday, Feb. 12th | 7PM

47 Lounge & The Hub

Cosponsored by the Gender & Sexuality Alliance

  • Pop Culture Trivia: Black History Edition

Kahoot Trivia

Tuesday, Feb. 16th | 7PM

Virtually on Zoom

Sponsored by the Unity House Council

  • Friday's Feature Film: Good Hair

Friday, Feb. 19th | 7PM

47 Lounge & The Hub

Cosponsored by the Black Student Association

  • DIY Hair Appreciation: Shea Butter Hair Care 

Saturday Feb. 20th | 11AM

Virtual & In-person

Cosponsored by the Black Student Association

  • Jeopardy: Black History Edition

Pick a team!

Tuesday Feb. 23rd | 7PM

Virtually on Zoom 

Sponsored by McQuade Library and Multicultural Office

  • Movie Night: Just Mercy

Thursday, Feb. 25th | 6PM

Virtual & In-person

Sponsored by National Society of Black Engineers

  • Dominos Tournament

Play to Win Prizes

Friday, Feb. 26 | 6PM

Unity House & The Hub

Cosponsored by Association of Latinos Moving Ahead

  • The Scoop

Social Media Campaign

Win Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

All Semester Long

Follow @merrimackunityhouse


Diversity Equity and Inclusion Events

Black History Month

February 23, 2021 | 4-5:30PM ET

Structural Racism and the Case for Reparations

Presenters will discuss the history of institutions that created and maintained racism and present reparations as part of a national policy response.

Co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Institute, the Social Justice Program and the Political Science Department.

Link to online event is coming soon. 


February 25, 2021 | 1:15PM ET

A Dream Too Big: A Story of an Improbable Journey from Compton to Oxford

A featured presentation by Caylin Louis Moore. The session will be followed by a conversation with student leaders.


Local Black History Month Events

Available for the Month of February via YouTube

The Marblehead Task Force Against Discrimination presents

“Agnes, The Enslaved Woman Interred at Old Burial Hill Cemetery”

Mabel Sliney, Marblehead High School senior and student representative to MTFAD, filmed an interview with local pastor James Bixby, local activist Judy Gates, and local historian Louis Meyi, about Agnes’ gravestone, which serves “as a reminder of a time when there was slavery in New England." The Marblehead Racial Justice Team is spearheading a fundraiser to have her gravestone refurbished and proper signage erected to educate visitors to Old Burial Hill.

Watch the video using this YouTube link (COMING SOON)

Every Sunday in February, 2pm-4pm via Zoom

The Unitarian-Universalist Church of Marblehead presents

The Meetinghouse Series: “Reconstruction: American After the Civil War”


From 2pm to 4pm on all four Sunday afternoons in February, join us to view four fascinating one-hour films, Reconstruction: America After the Civil War. At the end of each film, you will be able to share your thoughts with other viewers via Zoom. The creator of this remarkable series is Harvard scholar, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. We will explore the tumultuous period at the end of the Civil War during which 750,000 Americans lost their lives. We will also see how the aftermath required not only physical repair of the states ravaged by fighting but also a reckoning with the social and political revolution created by freeing previously enslaved people.

To secure the Zoom link, email


Monday, February 1, via YouTube

The League of Women Voters presents

"Overlooked Too Long: Women of Color and the Struggle for Suffrage"


2020 was the 100th anniversary of the struggle for suffrage in which women were finally granted the right to vote with passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. But upon close examination of history it becomes apparent that only the white woman was allowed to vote. In an attempt to set the story straight, the Marblehead League of Women Voters examines this misleading and white supremacist history in their 1 hour presentation of the valiant and near impossible efforts met by women of color. 



Harvard Radcliffe Institute - Events and Exhibitions

Protest as Politics: African American Young Adults, Reimagining Democracy

During these unprecedented times, we have watched young people—a great many of them African Americans—taking to the streets in all 50 states in support of justice for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, while also seeking to address the current failures of policing, criminal justice, and the economy; as well as the existence of white supremacy and anti-Blackness. How does the precarious position of African American young adults facilitate a reimagining of democracy? What does this reimagining mean for American politics?

Wednesday, February 3, 6PM

The White Fund presents - Social Justice Speaker Series: Angela Davis 


Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice.

Angela Davis is the author of ten books and has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. Her recent books include Abolition Democracy and Are Prisons Obsolete? about the abolition of the prison industrial complex, a new edition of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, and a collection of essays entitled The Meaning of Freedom. Her most recent book of essays, is called Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement.

Join us for a moderated discussion as we hear directly from Angela Davis and share questions from the community. Email questions to

Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 6-7:30PM ET

Salem State University - 2021 Black History Month: Black Lives STILL Matter

'What Type of Activist Are You? Breaking Down Activism, Allyship, and More' Workshop with Black Boston

In celebration of Salem State's 2021 Black History Month theme, "Black Lives STILL Matter," join local organizing group members Black Boston for an interactive and engaging virtual workshop that will break down different types of activism, organizing, and allyship that is authentic to YOU.

The workshop will be facilitated by Black Boston members:

Toiell Washington, Founder
Deneysha Riley, Education Program Coordinator
Aisha Revolus, Education Program Coordinator
Michaela Notice, Education Program Coordinator
Precious Figueroa-Szostek, Director of Educational Programming

Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 4PM ET

Harvard Radcliffe Institute - Changing Carceral Systems through Compassion, Practice, and Research

Racial disparities in our carceral systems are profound and troubling. As a society, we appear to be at an inflection point where racial justice is a core priority for the incoming Biden administration and a majority of the public. This program will bring together the compassionate work of a practitioner on the front lines with the expertise of a world-renowned researcher in criminal justice policy. Together, they will discuss the key challenges of racial inequity in carceral systems along with potential solutions that could help realize justice.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 12PM ET

Harvard Radcliffe Institute - AHOTB

Tonya M. Foster’s writing and research focus on ideas of place and emplacement, on intersections between the visual and the written, and on mapping the 20th- and 21st-century African Americas. During her Radcliffe year, Foster is completing a book-length manuscript of poetry, “AHotB,” that takes up Fanny Lou Hamer’s idea that “a black women’s body is never hers alone.”

FEB 4th-16th

Merrimack Valley Black and Brown Voices presents - Black History Month of Virtual Events

Get Your Tickets Here:

"Our month of events will include 3 exciting and fun online events, including a bonus event with Love Your Menses, Inc. featuring the great great granddaughter of Madam C.J. Walker, A’Leila Bundles, to commemorate and celebrate the strides that Black people have made.

This event is FREE for BIPOC. To receive your promo code, please email!

For allies, admission for the event bundle is $20. Proceeds will be put towards the mission of MVBBV. Learn more about our mission."

FEB 13 at 2PM

Connecticut Historical Society and Blackstone Library Presents

Beyond the Amistad: Black History in Connecticut

Register Here:

February 10, 2021 - 6PM ET

Museum of African American History - Boston|Nantucket presents

The Coronavirus Exposes America's Public Health Crisis: Racism - A Race in the Public Dialogue Event

The Covid-19 pandemic is the most devastating health issue of this century. It has disproportionately impacted African Americans and other marginalized populations, heightening awareness of racism as the root of America’s public health crisis.

Dr. Christina M. Greer, Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University, moderates a discussion in three parts to examine the impact of COVID-19 and the need to retool healthcare to improve health outcomes for African Americans and other marginalized people.

Covid-19 researchers from Moderna will share the most up-to-date information about the vaccines. Public health officials will discuss plans for vaccinating underserved communities in Massachusetts.

Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 4PM ET

Harvard Radcliffe Institute - And So On: Reading and Conversation with Kiese Laymon

Kiese Laymon will talk with Courtney R. Baker about whether the actual histories of American colleges and universities should be ripe sites for Black American horror and comedic narratives. Laymon will create a live novella and a live essay during this talk, while questioning the ethics of making art “for” an audience longing for both titillation and innocence from the horrific histories of Black Americans in and around American institutions of higher learning.

Thursday, February 18th, 7pm via Zoom

Marblehead Museum and the Marblehead Racial Justice Team present

"The Terrible Power of the Constitution's Three-Fifth Clause," A lecture presented by Richard Bell, Ph.D.

Free. REGISTER HERE to receive the Zoom link.


Join University of Maryland historian Richard Bell for a deep dive into the darkest corners of the 1787 federal Constitution and its infamous Three-Fifths Clause [counting enslaved people as 3/5 of a free individual for purposes of congressional representation - learn more]. Far more insidious than is commonly understood, the Three-Fifths Clause wove slaveholder power into the fabric of each of all three branches of government—executive, legislative, and judicial—shaping every aspect of federal policy regarding slavery for decades to come.

Dr. Richard Bell is Professor of History at the University of Maryland. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and is author of the new book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home which is shortlisted for the George Washington Prize and the Harriet Tubman Prize. He serves as a Trustee of the Maryland Center for History and Culture, as an elected member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Learn more HERE.



February 23, 2021 - 6PM ET

Museum of African American History - Boston|Nantucket presents

Anna Malaika Tubbs Book Talk Presented with Boston Public Library

Join the Boston Public Library in partnership with the Museum of African American History (MAAH), the State Library of Massachusetts, and American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society (AA/NEHGS) for an online conversation with Anna Malaika Tubbs, author of The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation. This program is part of the BPL's Repairing America Series.

In her groundbreaking and essential debut The Three Mothers, scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates Black mother­hood by telling the story of the women who raised and shaped three of America’s most pivotal heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin.

February 25, 2021 | 6PM ET

Celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Local Black Excellence

Register for this event on our website!


Virtual Local Black Excellence Forum

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 4-5PM  ET

Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery: Reckoning with the Past to Understand the Present

The presidential initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, anchored at Harvard Radcliffe Institute, is an effort to understand and address the enduring legacy of slavery within our University community. Our Radcliffe on the Road series (now virtual) will explore the charge of the initiative and the work under way to explore Harvard’s historical entanglements with slavery and its legacies, along with the initiative’s efforts to support student and community engagement.

Country-wide Events

February 1 | 7PM ET

Barnes & Noble presents Cicely Tyson in Conversation with Tyler Perry

On Facebook

It was our great good fortune to tape an event with the iconic Cicely Tyson just before her book was released last week, and we hope that you'll join us here on B&N Facebook tomorrow night at 7 PM ET for a virtual event featuring Miss Tyson in conversation with Tyler Perry.

Monday, February 1, 2021, 1 – 2:30 PM

Community + Conversations with a Docent, Creative Griots

African American History and Culture Museum

Virtual visitors have an opportunity to engage in a conversational journey with a museum docent.  You’ll discover how identity, politics, and creativity are articulated through African American performance, music, cultural expressions, and the visual arts. We will explore the ways African Americans have harnessed these elements to fuel social change while creating a vibrant culture that extends to the African Diaspora.

Our live, interactive conversation with a docent feature key objects from the museum’s collections and emphasizes personal stories told throughout the museum’s exhibitions. Using the online meeting platform Zoom, participants can examine and respond to objects in the museum.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 4 – 5 PM

Pandemic Perspectives: Race and Place - Yellow Fever and the Free African Society in Philadelphia

American History Museum


oin curators and historians for an engaging series of panels offering perspectives on the current pandemic. Panelists will virtually share objects from the past as a springboard to a lively discussion of how to better understand the present. Audience questions are encouraged and will be addressed in the moderated dialogue.

In 1793, a yellow fever epidemic shook Philadelphia, the new nation’s capital. Many residents, including medical practitioners, fled the city. In their absence, Richard Allen and Absalom Jones of the Free African Society marshalled their organization’s members to provide free care to the sick and dying. Panelists will explore the work of the Free African Society during the pandemic along with a discussion of the backlash that emerged against the Free African Society in the wake of the epidemic.

Alexandra Lord, PhD, National Museum of American History

Billy Smith, PhD, Montana State University
David Barnes, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Vanessa Northington Gamble, PhD, MD, George Washington University

Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 7 – 8:30 PM ET

African American History and Culture Museum

Historically Speaking: Four Hundred Souls – A Conversation with Ibram Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

Renowned scholars Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist, and Keisha N. Blain, author of Set the World on Fire have assembled 90 extraordinary writers to document the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present. Entitled Four Hundred Souls, each contributor writes about a five-year period of 400 years of American history using essays, short stories, personal vignettes, and fiery polemics. They approach history from various perspectives: through the eyes of towering historical icons, the untold stories of ordinary people, as well as landmarks, laws, and artifacts. An extraordinary, moderated discussion featuring editors Kendi and Blain will focus on historic eras such as Slavery, Reconstruction, Segregation, and their sustained impact on the United States.

Contributors Herb Boyd, City University of New York, Kali Nicole, Gross, Emory University, Peniel Joseph, University of Texas, and Annette Gordon Reed, Harvard University will join Prof. Kendi and Prof. Blain in a discussion about the impact of the African American community on social justice trajectory of American History.  Mary N. Elliot, NMAAHC curator will moderate.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 8 – 9:30 PM

Migration Stories: Sustaining Gullah Geechee Cooking across Land and Sea

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The Museum of Food and Drink and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival are proud to present Migration Stories: Sustaining Gullah Geechee Cooking Across Land and Sea, a virtual event that explores the foodways and cultural heritage of the Gullah Geechee people. This will be the first in a series between MOFAD and the Folklife Festival exploring migration, food, and the transmission of knowledge in America.

Join chefs Amethyst Ganaway and Benjamin “BJ” Dennis for a conversation about Gullah and Geechee food, heritage, and sustainable futures. Ganaway will demonstrate how to make crab fried rice. The program is moderated by Michelle Lanier, folklorist, filmmaker, and director of North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites.

Want to cook along? Check the recipe for the ingredients list and what to prepare before the event.

Reservations are required. The Zoom link will be sent with your confirmation email. Purchase tickets for $15 on the MOFAD website.

Feb 3, 2021 | 10AM PST

Flipgrid Virtual Field Trip

Vashti Harrison: Celebrate World Read Aloud Day

Vashti Harrison’s groundbreaking LITTLE LEADERS: BOLD WOMEN IN BLACK HISTORY has inspired young readers around the world to explore history and celebrate the geniuses in their own communities. Join Vashti for a Virtual Field trip to her studio where she’ll share how she researches, writes, and draws influential historical figures you may know. She’ll finish with a live drawing demonstration and you’ll learn to draw your very own Little Leader, Little Legend, or Little Dreamer!

Thursday, February 4, 2021, 2:30 – 3 PM

#TakeTimeThursday: The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song

Anacostia Community Museum

Join us for excerpts from the film, “Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song.” The film is a production of McGee Media, Inkwell Films and WETA Washington, DC. “Black Church” is a two-part series that reveals the broad history and culture of the Black church and explores African American faith communities on the frontlines of hope and change. Featuring interviews with Oprah Winfrey, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Bishop Michael Curry, Cornel West, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Rev. Al Sharpton & more. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Dyllan McGee are executive producers. John Wilson is executive producer in charge for WETA. Stacy Holman is the series producer and director. Christopher Bryson and Shayla Harris are producers/directors. WETA acknowledges the corporate support of Johnson & Johnson and major funding by the Lilly Endowment; the Ford Foundation; and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

This program is in collaboration with WETA.

#Take Time Thursdays with the Anacostia Community Museum gives participants a chance to take time for wellness, health, and creativity with artists, thought leaders, performers, wellness practitioners and others. Take a 30-minute break with us from 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. each Thursday and boost your mind, body and spirit.

Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST

South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War

National Archives Museum Online
View on YouTube

The Underground Railroad to the North promised salvation to many American slaves before the Civil War. But thousands of people in the south-central United States escaped slavery not by heading north but by crossing the southern border into Mexico, where slavery had been abolished in 1837. In South to Freedom, historian Alice L. Baumgartner tells the story of why Mexico abolished slavery and how its increasingly radical antislavery policies fueled the sectional crisis in the United States.

Black History Month Programming is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation, through the generous support of Ford Motor Company Fund. 

February 5, 2021 | 7:30-8:30 ET

Celebrating Black Futures

“What does it mean to build or make or create when the world is either endangering one’s freedom, one’s livelihood, or one’s opportunity to be more? What does it mean to live under the demands that society and personal structures have established for far too long? In these complex times, we need guidance to answer these complex questions and unpack the ideas of struggle, erasure, mixed/ re-mixed by joy and celebration. 

THE FRIDAY FRAMEWORK connects three BIPOC poets whose work serves both as a springboard for greater understanding of the self while also providing an example of how one fearlessly counters the duress their work addresses or may have been created under.

This is liberation in its finest hour.”

Saturday, February 6, 2021, 1 – 2 PM

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Men of Change: Taking it to the Streets Opening Panel Discussion

Join us for a virtual panel discussion, moderated by CNN Correspondent, Omar Jimenez, as we kick off ACM’s outdoor installation of the Men of Change: Taking it to the Streets exhibition. The social unrest of 2020 has illuminated the active presence of institutionalized racism in America and its impact on the Black community. As Black men continually fight to prove their humanity, Men of Change creates space for them to have agency over their own multifaceted narratives that shift paradigms and dismantle negative racial tropes. Panelists will share how they wield power through creativity and resistance to make an impact in their respective fields and their communities.  

This poignant discussion includes the perspectives of Jonathan Jackson, Men of Change architect and founding partner at WSDIA; Dr. Rob Gore, ER physician, founder of KAVI Brooklyn and featured Man of Change; and Tariku Shiferaw commissioned Men of Change artist.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST

The Rope: A True Story of Murder, Heroism, and the Dawn of the NAACP

National Archives Museum Online
View on YouTube


In November of 1910, in Asbury Park, NJ, 10-year-old Marie Smith was brutally murdered. After days of investigation, Asbury Park and county officials were at their wits’ end in their attempt to pin the crime on two suspects, one White, one Black. In The Rope, Alex Tresniowski tells the remarkable true-crime story of the murder of Marie Smith, the dawn of modern criminal detection, and the launch of the NAACP.

Black History Month Programming is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation, through the generous support of Ford Motor Company Fund. 

Thursday, February 11, 2021, 5 – 6 PM

In Dialogue: Social Smithsonian Objects and Social Justice – Race and Medicine

African American History and Culture Museum

More info to come



Each month, educators from the National Portrait Gallery will partner with colleagues from across the Smithsonian to discuss how historical objects from their respective collections speak to today’s social justice issues. For this program, NMAAHC Public Programs Department Academic and Social Justice Lead Leslie P. Walker will have a discussion with NPG colleague Beth Evans about race and medicine as represented by related objects.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

New York Public Library - Schomburg Center Black History Month Series

Between the Lines:LAUNCH: Unsung: Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & Abolition


ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing

Join us for the launch of Unsung: Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & Abolition, a comprehensive collection “that should be required reading in history and literature courses,” writes Kirkus. Edited by Dr. Michelle Commander, curator and associate director of the Lapidus Center, with a foreword by then Schomburg Center Director Kevin Young, the anthology weaves together well- and lesser-known documents by abolitionists and highlights materials from Arturo Schomburg’s seed collection. Unsung is the first in a series of upcoming anthologies from the Schomburg Center published in partnership with Penguin Classics.

The event will feature readings from the collection which includes essays, speeches, plays, and more. Dr. Michelle Commander will also be in conversation with Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson, Knafel Assistant Professor of the Humanities in the Department of Africana Studies at Wellesley College; Joy Bivins, Associate Director of Collections and Research Services, Schomburg Center, and Jonathan McCrory, Artistic Director at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre.

This program will be streamed on Zoom and simulcast to YouTube. You must register with your email address in order to receive the link to participate. Please check your email shortly before the discussion to receive the link. Captions for this event will be provided.

Schomburg Center Black History Month Series sponsored by M&T Bank/ Wilmington Trust

Thursday, February 18, 2021

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm ET

Giants of Racial Justice - Library of Congress

In an event celebrating African American History Month, Peniel E. Joseph (“The Sword and the Shield”) and Tamara Payne (“The Dead Are Arising”) will discuss their books on Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. with NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans.

This is part of National Book Festival Presents, a year-round series that features high-caliber authors, their books and corresponding Library treasures.

This presentation will premiere with closed captions on both the Library's Facebook page at External and the Library's YouTube site (with captions) at External. The presentation will be available for viewing afterwards at those sites and on the Library of Congress website at

Monday, February 22, 2021, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

New York Public Library - Talks at the Schomburg:

Mother Tongue: The Philosophy of Malcolm X


ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing

Each year, the Schomburg Centers celebrates the life of Malcolm X during Black History Month – coinciding with the anniversary of his assassination on February 21, 1965.

This year, our virtual program will feature a conversation and presentation by Anna Malaika Tubbs, author of The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation and Dr. Michael Sawyer, author of Black Minded: The Political Philosophy of Malcolm X. Together, we will explore how Malcolm X's mother's language of liberation and resistance is foundational to his political growth, and examine his political philosophy of economic and social justice, strident opposition to white supremacy and Black internationalism. Dr. Imani Perry, will moderate the conversation and offer a passage from her recent work, Breathe: A Lesson to My Sons.

This program will be streamed on Zoom and simulcast to YouTube. You must register with your email address in order to receive the link to participate. Please check your email shortly before the discussion to receive the link. Captions for this event will be provided.

Schomburg Center Black History Month Series sponsored by M&T Bank/ Wilmington Trust

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

New York Public Library - Schomburg Center Black History Month Series

Between the Lines:30 Years of Easy Rawlins with Walter Mosley

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Walter Mosley’s infamous detective Easy Rawlins is back in Blood Grove, with a new mystery to solve on the sun-soaked streets of Southern California.

In 1990, Walter Mosley introduced Easy Rawlins in his debut novel Devil in a Blue Dress. Ezekiel “Easy” Porterhouse Rawlins is an unlicensed private investigator turned hard-boiled detective always willing to do what it takes to get things done in the racially charged, dark underbelly of Los Angeles. For over 30 years, readers have voraciously consumed the 15 book series and the films based on the series starring Denzel Washington. Join us as we welcome back award winning novelist Walter Mosley to discuss his latest Easy Rawlins' novel Blood Grove and hear readings from some of the series' favorites.

This program will be streamed on Zoom and simulcast to YouTube. You must register with your email address in order to receive the link to participate. Please check your email shortly before the discussion to receive the link. Captions for this event will be provided.

Schomburg Center Black History Month Series sponsored by M&T Bank/ Wilmington Trust

Friday, February 26, 2021 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST

Spinning the Globe: The History and Legacy of the Harlem Globetrotters

National Archives Museum Online
View on YouTube

Founded in 1926 by Abe Saperstein, the legendary Harlem Globetrotters basketball team has since entertained millions of people and spread goodwill throughout the globe. Originally all-male and all-African American, the team has since recruited women and persons of Asian and European descent. Since the 1950s, the U.S. Department of State has sent the Globetrotters all over the world as “Ambassadors of Goodwill.” Drawing on National Archives records, this panel discussion will focus on the history and legacy of the Harlem Globetrotters. Joining us for the discussion will be two current players—Fatima “TNT” Lister and Charles “Handles” Franklin—former player and coach “Sweet Lou” Dunbar, and Ben Green, author of Spinning the Globe: The Rise, Fall, and Return to Greatness of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Black History Month Programming is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation, through the generous support of Ford Motor Company Fund.