February is African American History Month, and our featured library, Red Bank (N.J.) Public Library (RBPL), is celebrating it with some exciting events, including a look at a Pulitzer Prize–winning African American playwright and an exhibition focusing on the artistic culture of African Americans.
RBPL will kick off African American History Month with “A Celebration of August Wilson.” A company of stage and film actors will share stories and memories of working with the playwright, who won two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama for The Pittsburgh Cycle, a series of ten plays, each set in a different decade, depicting the comedy and tragedy of the twenty-first-century African American experience.
The library partnered with the Frank Talk Multi-Media Network to present an afternoon of events, including “Out of Africa,” an exhibit that features African art and textiles; a screening of a documentary that looks at the Newark Museum’s “African Narratives” permanent collection, providing insight into African symbolism and art; and a reading by Dr. Gretna Wilkinson, creative writing teacher at the Red Bank Regional High School Visual and Performing Arts Academy, who will read selections from her recently published book of poetry, Opening the Drawer. Patrons are also invited to taste African food.
Finally, the library’s adult book discussion group, Readin’ on the River, will discuss Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.
Find out more about African American History Month, including related resources and more programming ideas.