Join us to learn about the history, hear the music and listen to poetry celebrating Black History Month in February.
Meet the Author: Susan Follett
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 6-8:30 p.m.
Rosemount Community Center, 13885 S Robert Trail, Rosemount
Join us for a panel discussion about Susan Follett’s debut novel, The Fog Machine, which explores the price of freedom in racially charged Mississippi in 1964. Follett, 1964 Freedom Summer veteran Gail Falk, and Freedom School student/activist Dr. Anthony Harris will discuss “Stories from Civil Rights History, Then and Now.” Hear freedom songs performed before by the Soulful Sounds Gospel Choir. The author will sell and sign her books.
Gail Falk, a civil rights movement veteran, heard the call to join the Mississippi Freedom Project as a junior at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, MA. She arrived in Meridian in late June 1964 and was assigned as a Freedom School teacher.
Dr. Anthony J. Harris is an author, lecturer, and Professor of Education at Mercer University. His publications include more than a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters Dakota County Library is presenting this program in partnership with the Rosemount Area Arts Council and Community Education - Independent School District 196. Registration preferred.
Tracks of New Thinking
Saturday, Feb. 21, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Experience the legacy of African-American poetry and music with Anita Ruth and T. Mychael Rambo. Discover the beauty of the compositions and the power of language in communicating ideas, experiences and emotions. All Ages.
Saturday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m.–noon
Inver Glen Library
Work with a professional artist from the SteppingStone Theater to discover the history and uses of percussion instruments and learn techniques of drumming. Register starting Feb. 7. Ages 9–17.
Lila Ammons: Voices of Influence
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7–8 p.m.
Trace the inspirations of jazz singing through the work of Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Billy Holiday, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan and Ernestine Anderson performed by Lila Ammons. All Ages.
These programs are funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
For more information, call 651-450-2900.