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Black History Events Celebrated at Library

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Film & Literature Programs Set at Stratford Library

In conjunction with the nationwide celebration of “Black History Month”, the library will present special events relating to the black experience covering art, film and literature.

As part of its long-range plan, the library will provide Stratford residents with materials and programs, which foster understanding of and appreciation for their heritage and for the diversity of the community.  Programs are free and open to the public.

The special “Black History Month” events scheduled at the library:

Art Exhibit: Mini exhibit features historic voices, people of color, with words to live by during the entire month of February in the main lobby.

Monday Matinees: Monday, February 13th at Noon.  “Till” , the critically acclaimed and profoundly emotional film about the true story of Mamie Till Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son, Emmett, who, in 1955, was brutally lynched while visiting his cousins in Mississippi. In Mamie’s poignant journey of grief turned to action, we see the universal power of a mother’s ability to change the world.   PG-13, 130 minutes, Monday, February 13th at Noon

Books Over Coffee: Wednesday, February 22nd at Noon.  Stories from the Tenants Downstairs”.  In eight interconnected stories, author Sidik Fofana conjures a residential community under pressure. At Banneker Terrace, everybody knows everybody, or at least knows of them. Longtime tenants’ lives are entangled together in the ups and downs of the day-to-day, for better or for worse. The neighbors in the unit next door are friends or family, childhood rivals or enterprising business partners.  In other words, Harlem is home. But the rent is due, and the clock of gentrification—never far from anyone’s mind—is ticking louder now than ever.

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