Monday, January 25, 2021 Charleston County Library

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Throughout the month of February the Charleston County Public Library celebrates Black History Month with programs for all ages. These programs prompt us to remember important people, events, achievements and contributions by African Americans to the arts, literature, sports and pop culture.

Whether you're into history, learning about the Gullah culture, tales from the high seas, or games and activities, there's something for everyone. 

For the kids, we have 6 Black History Month-themed storytimes full of books, songs, and activities. You can join our librarians for storytime on Facebook on Feb. 1, 5, 10, 15, 23, and 26 and 10 a.m.

Each Friday during the month, the Charleston Time Machine will observe Black History Month with a series of new podcasts focusing on the stories of four forgotten Charlestonians. Ranging from the colonial era to the twentieth century, their stories provide valuable glimpses into the lives of men and women who struggled for recognition and justice within a society founded on institutional discrimination.  

Also on Feb. 1, we're kicking off the month with a special musical performance from Karlus Trapp titled "The Roots of Black Music in America." The performance will be available to view on for 15 days. 

On Feb. 4 at 6 p.m., the National Book Foundation is hosting an author talk titled "Black History Re-Examined" that will deconstruct and re-contextualize Black experiences in America with 2020 National Book Award–honored authors Tamara Payne (The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X, Winner, Nonfiction) and Isabel Wilkerson (Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent, Longlist, Nonfiction). Register here:

On Feb. 6 at 6 p.m., watch a special documentary on preserving organic farming the Gullah way. 

On Feb. 13 at 6 p.m., we'll discuss Philip Reid and the Statue of Freedom as well as other contributions made by enslaves peoples. 

Our "Read for Change" Book Club will meet twice in February, 16 and 23 at 6 p.m., to discuss 3 of the 8 pillars found in "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent, Longlist, Nonfiction." The Zoom-based discussion will be led by Julian from the Wando Mount Pleasant Library. Register here for the event:

Also on Feb. 16, the National Book Foundation will host a special author talk to discuss Secrets of the New South. Join National Book Award–honored authors Jericho Brown (The Tradition, 2019 Poetry Finalist), Tayari Jones (An American Marriage, 2018 Fiction Longlist), and Deesha Philyaw (The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, 2020 Fiction Finalist) for a conversation on Southern literature and how Black writers are redefining stereotypes of the South, one poem, story, and secret at a time. Register here:

On Feb. 17, CCPL and Spoleto Festival USA are teaming up for a book discussion on Zoom reflecting on the themes found in Spoleto’s opera Omar. Sign up for the discussion here: 

On Feb. 21 at 3 p.m., listen to "Lizzie Demands a Seat!: Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights," written by Beth Anderson and illustrated by E. B. Lewis. 

On Feb. 24, join us on Ovee for a special screening of Indie Lens Pop-Up's "Mr. SOUL!," the story of a public television variety show that offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics—voices that had few other options for national television exposure. 

And we'll round out the month with "Growing Gold" with Bill Green on Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. "Growing Gold" is a short documentary that showcases Bill and Sara Green of the Gullah Grub Restaurant as they try their hand at growing Carolina Gold Rice on their farm. 

All of the events take place on Facebook unless otherwise noted.