Explore African-American culture and history during Black History Month at Dakota County Library. Events include:
Black Suffrage in Minnesota: 1847–1868
Hear Dr. William Green, a renowned Augsburg University professor and Minnesota Book Award-winning author, discuss why suffrage for a small portion of Minnesota's population was so important to policymakers.
- Saturday, Feb. 8, 10–11:30 a.m. Pleasant Hill Library, 1490 S. Frontage Road, Hastings
- Thursday, Feb. 20, 6–7:30 p.m. Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley
Hear stories with positive messages that highlight African-American history and culture. Presented by COMPAS teaching artist Nothando Zulu.
- Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42, Burnsville
- Tuesday, Feb 25, 6:30–7:15 p.m. Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan
Learn how spoken word and hip-hop culture evolved and how it influences American society and politics and discover how poetry and live music promote morality, self-reliance and accountability. Presented by COMPAS teaching artist Frank Sentwali.
- Wednesday, Feb. 12, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Wentworth Library, 199 E. Wentworth Ave., West St. Paul
Music of the American Diaspora
Hear some of the history and songs of the American Diaspora during this interactive event and learn how elements of jazz, blues and spirituals link back to African musical traditions. Presented by COMPAS teaching artist group Give Get Sistet.
- Saturday, Feb. 22, 1:30–2:30 p.m. Inver Glen Library, 8098 Blaine Ave., Inver Grove Heights
Life and Times of Nellie Francis
Learn about the successes and challenges of Nellie Francis, a little-known African-American woman who drafted Minnesota's anti-lynching bill and led the Women's Suffrage Movement in Minnesota. Presented by Augsburg University history professor Dr. William Green.
- Tuesday, March 17, 6–7:30 p.m. Robert Trail Library, 14395 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount
- Saturday, March 28, 10–11:30 a.m. Inver Glen Library, 8098 Blaine Ave., Inver Grove Heights
These programs are supported by the Minnesota Legacy amendment.