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Library to hold black history programs

By Staff Reports
Published in News on February 1, 2010 1:46 PM

Several events are planned during February at Wayne County Public Library in celebration of Black History Month.

Shorlette Ammons-Stephens, head of children's services, released the schedule of programs, all of which are free and will be held in Gertrude Weil auditorium at the main branch of the library in Goldsboro.

On Wednesday at 6 p.m., the Academy Award-nominated documentary film, "Mighty Times-Legacy of Rosa Parks" will be shown.

On Friday there will be live music featuring the E.E. Smith High School step team. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Step Show Live! program at 6.

Dr. Lucinda MacKethan will be featured guest speaker on Saturday at 1 p.m. She will introduce personal narratives, letters, poetry and interviews of N.C. slaves and discuss the state's picture of slavery during the Civil War. Refreshments will also be served.

Tuesday, Feb. 9, The Michael Jackson film, "This is It!' will be shown at 6 p.m. The documentary depicts exclusive footage of what was to have been his final concert tour.

Then on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m., award-winning poet and Mount Olive native Shirlette Ammons will be on hand for a reading and book signing. Blending music and poetry, she will read from her published works of poetry.

There will an African American Read-In on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. to honor the contributions of literature written by black authors.

Near month's end, middle school students are encouraged to participate in a Black History Quiz Bowl sponsored by the Education Committee of the Goldsboro/Wayne branch of the NAACP. The competition, scheduled for Feb. 23 from 6-8 p.m., is for grades 6-8.

The quiz bowl is designed to foster appreciation and understanding for the contributions made by African Americans. To sign up or for more information, call 735-9059.