Performances, activities and recommended reading for the month of February

Cleveland Public Library (CPL) is hosting programming throughout the month of February to celebrate African American History Month. From recommended books to keynote speakers to musical performances, there’s something for everyone in CPL’s weekly-themed, month-long programming. All activities are free and open to the public.

“We take pride in hosting events that honor the rich history of African Americans,” said Felton Thomas, director of CPL. “We are excited to welcome speakers and artists from all backgrounds to celebrate the African Diaspora here in Cleveland.”

On February 18th at 7 p.m., CPL will welcome Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture at the New York Public Library, to speak on “The Criminal ‘Injustice’ System” at the Main Library in the Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium. Dr. Muhammad is the author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern America, which examines the ways in which racist ideology has shaped the treatment of criminality among urban African American populations. Dr. Muhammad is also the grandson of Nation of Islam leader, Elijah Muhammad and son of Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer, Ozier Muhammad.

Anthony T. Browder, founder and director of IKG Cultural Resources, is another CPL guest and will speak on “African Origins” on February 6th at 3 p.m. in the Main Library. In his 30 years researching ancient Egyptian history, science, philosophy, and culture, he was the first African American to fund and coordinate an archaeological dig in Egypt. He is the author and co-author of a number of publications on the African Diaspora.

Other programming highlights include:

  • African American History Month Kick-Off with musical performances on February 3rd
  • Caribbean Musical Performance & Panel Discussion on February 11th
  • Valentine’s Day for Book Lovers panel and readings on February 14th
  • Exploration of rural Ohio’s African American History through the Knox County Archives on February 27th
  • Street Lit and African American Girls discussion on March 1st