Brief bios of influential black Americans are posted throughout Headquarters Library in Clayton County as part of the public library system’s commemoration of Black History Month. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)
JONESBORO — Activities celebrating Black History Month abound in the Southern Crescent. As young people learn more about the historic contributions of black Americans to society in school, so too can adult residents.
Children at Hampton Elementary, for example, are preparing for their annual Black History Month Living Wax Museum event Feb. 28. Each year, students research black influences and don period-appropriate clothing to depict the historic figures as they recite facts about their lives and contributions to society.
Clayton County Public Library System is hosting several activities related to Black History Month.
Patrons sat in on a airing of “To Kill A Mockingbird” Monday night at the Lovejoy branch library in Hampton. The Forest Park branch also is showcasing classic films this month in a series called “The Souls of Black Folk: A Reflection in Movies.”
There will be an African-American author meet-and-greet this Saturday and Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Jonesboro branch.
Heather Maddux will host a Black History Month craft workshop for children, 4-12. It will be Saturday, from 3 p.m until 4 p.m., at the Forest Park branch.
Library officials also have scheduled black history trivia days for children, teens and young adults at the Lovejoy branch.
More activities can be found at the local library branch or online at www.claytonpl.org.
Henry County Public Library System continues its Black History Month film series this week.
The series, hosted in partnership with National Endowment for the Humanities, marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. It includes four documentaries with footage that illustrates the history of civil rights in America.
Library system director, Carolyn Fuller, was pleased to receive the films to provide residents with the historical perspectives.
“We are delighted to participate in the efforts to continue the discussion of civil rights in America here in Henry County,” said Fuller.
The library system is one of 473 institutions nationally awarded a set of four films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement.
Organizers are hosting four open forums to discuss a film each Sunday continuing through Feb. 23. The forums are from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the McDonough public library branch.
The forum panels will consist of local professors, business owners, city officials and members of the NAACP.
Previously watched films included “The Abolitionist,” shown Feb. 2, and “Slavery by Another Name,” shown Feb. 9.
Upcoming films include “Freedom Riders” on Feb. 16. It tells the story of how white and black volunteers risked being jailed, beaten or killed for interstate travel in the Deep South as white, local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks.
“The Loving Story” film will be shown Feb. 23. It is a documentary about a couple’s marriage and the legal battle that followed through little-known filmed interviews and photographs shot for “Life” magazine.
Find more of the system’s Black History Month activities at www.henry.public.lib.ga.us.
In Clayton County, AARP Georgia is celebrating Black History Month by sponsoring a free screening of Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” at AMC Southlake 24, Feb. 18.
Showtime is 6 p.m. at the cinema complex, 7065 Mt. Zion Circle in Morrow. The screening will include free refreshments.
Organizers encourage reserving space as seating will be limited. To RSVP, call 1-877-926-8300 or visit http://aarp.cvent.com/THEBUTLER_Morrow.
The National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Road in Morrow, will host a Black History Month event Saturday.
“The Enduring Chronicle: A Celebration of the Civil Rights’ Documents within the National Archives at Atlanta” is a presentation in partnership with the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society.
The event is from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. It will explore the Civil Rights Movement through a transportation perspective from the fight for first class accommodations on railroad travel from the 1870s through the 1890s, the rise of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, and the NAACP’s struggle against Jim Crow on Southern trains in the 1940s to the refusal to give up bus seats in Montgomery, Ala., in the 1950s to the concerted efforts of the Freedom Riders in the 1960s.
There is no cost to attend. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 770-968-2530 or email email@example.com.
National PTA President Otha Thornton, the organization’s first male African-American president, will join the Clayton County Branch of the NAACP in celebration of 105 years of Civil Rights advocacy Thursday, from 12 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.
The reservation window has closed for the event, which convenes at the Anthony Watkins Community Center, 511 Fayetteville Road in Jonesboro.