St. Louis County Library will celebrate Black History Month with special programming throughout February. Valerie Jarrett, author of “Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward” will deliver the keynote address on February 7, 2020 at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. The event is free and open to the public, but early arrival is recommended. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Black History programming at SLCL will include dance performances, a jazz concert, book discussions, film screenings, a gospel celebration, a performance by the Black Rep and more.

A list of highlighted events is below; a full schedule of events is available at www.slcl.org/black-history-celebration.

Keynote Event: Valerie Jarrett, “Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward”


Friday, February 7, 7:00 p.m.

Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131

From her work ensuring equality for women and girls, advancing civil rights, reforming our criminal justice system, and improving the lives of working families, to the real stories behind some of the most stirring moments of the Obama presidency, Valerie Jarrett shares her forthright, optimistic perspective on the importance of leadership and the responsibilities of citizenship in the 21st century.

Health Advocate Valeda Keys will receive the Frankie Freeman Inspirational Award during the program. Ms. Keys advocates for cancer awareness through the Valeda’s Hope organization.

Rev Run and Justine Simmons, “Old School Love: And Why It Works”


Saturday, February 1, 7:00 p.m.

Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131

RUN DMC’s iconic rapper Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons and his wife, Justine, share their secrets to lasting love and the guiding principles that have kept them together for more than 20 years. In this homage to classic courtship, Rev and Justine reveal the secrets to their marriage’s longevity and happiness. 
Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters.


The Black Rep presents “Character Building”


Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 p.m.

Lewis & Clark Branch, 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd., St. Louis MO 63136

This one-man musical is adapted from the talks Booker T. Washington gave students and faculty at Tuskegee University. The performance includes negro spirituals intertwined with hymns of encouragement. 
All ages.


Author Jerry Mitchell, “Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era”


Monday, February 10, 7:00 p.m.

Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131

On June 21, 1964, more than 20 Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers—killings that would become known as the “Mississippi Burning” case. It took 41 years before the mastermind was finally convicted. Investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell unearthed secret documents, found long-lost witnesses, and built up evidence strong enough to take on the Klan.


Author Gabriel Bump, “Everywhere You Don’t Belong”


Tuesday, February 11, 7:00 p.m.

Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131

In this powerful, edgy, and funny debut novel about making right and wrong choices, Gabriel Bump gives us an unforgettable and lovable protagonist, Claude McKay Love, a young Black man in search of a place where he can fit. But as he discovers, there’s no escaping the people and places that made him. 


Set the Night to Music 


Friday, February 21, 7:00 p.m.

Florissant Valley Branch, 195 New Florissant Rd. South, Florissant, MO 63031

Set the Night to Music is back with the wonderful melodic sounds from Love Jones the Band. Join us for a toe-tapping, finger-snapping good time. A sampling of food from a local St. Louis restaurant will be provided.
 All ages.


Gift of Gospel 


Saturday, February 29, 1:00 p.m.

Florissant Valley Branch, 195 New Florissant Rd. South, Florissant, MO 63031

Featuring emcee Pastor Shaun Williams, gospel music artist Jean Vann and additional performances by Christ Pilgrim Rest Children’s Choir, violinist Andrea Bell Darris and others. 
All ages.

Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks’ notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300, or visit www.slcl.org.

Schedules

  • Occurred Monday, February 10th, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
  • Occurred Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
  • Occurred Friday, February 21st, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
  • Occurred Saturday, February 29th, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
  • Occurred Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
  • Occurred Friday, February 7th, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
  • Occurred Friday, February 7th, 2020 @ 7:00 pm