PHILIPSBURG–Philipsburg Jubilee Library is observing Black History Month for an entire week this year. Under its annual theme “Passing on your Legacy,” the Library’s 2017 Black History Month activities commenced on Saturday, February 18, and will draw to a close on Tuesday, February 28.
Today, Tuesday, and Wednesday the general public will have the opportunity to view “The March,” a documentary about the stand African Americans took for human and economic rights. This was one of the largest political rallies ever in the United States.
The Library will also be showing “Slavery by Another Name,” that challenges the belief that slavery ended with the Civil War. All documentaries can be viewed by young adults and older persons, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
On Saturday, an African dance workshop for children ages 5 to 12 was led by dance instructor at National Institute of Arts (NIA) Rudolph Davis.
Funtopia will be giving a similar workshop on February 25, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm during which youngsters will be exposed to modern aspects of African dance.
Other Black History Month activities will include the “Black is the new God” Show by the Readers are Leaders platform, represented by Rotary Sunrise and Philipsburg Jubilee Library. This activity is driven by the youth and is geared towards their fellow teenagers. The show will be performed on Thursday, February 23, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
On Friday, February 24, poetry lovers are welcome to come out and showcase their talents during an evening of spoken word from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Only condition is that they perform an original piece pertaining to black history and the Black History Month’s theme.
The week will be closed off with a screening of the documentary “Back in the day: St. Maarten” by Laura Bijnsdorp. The documentary is about life on St. Maarten 60 years ago. At the end of the viewing a discussion will follow led by speakers Leonidas Friday, Chester York and Carlson Velasquez. Participation will be encouraged from the audience.
“Philipsburg Jubilee library is always looking for new and entertaining ways to educate the general public. “Passing on our legacy” is no different. In order to create a better future we need to understand the past. This is the sole purpose of Black History Month and our activities. Support us in our purpose as we remind everyone it’s not where we came from but where we are going. Come all to one whole week of activity…there is an educational show for everyone and admission is free,” the Library said Monday in a statement.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/63814-black-history-month-2017-at-philipsburg-jubilee-library