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Posted on: February 3, 2020

Celebrate African American History Month

African American History Month graphic featuring Afrique Ngozi Dance and Drum and Dr. Ray Christian

The Boca Raton Public Library is celebrating African American History Month with a series of programs during the month of February. 

The Downtown Library will have a Documentary Series every Wednesday night at 7pm. The lineup for the series includes:

  • Feb. 5 - Whose Streets? (1 hr 41 min, Rated R) 
    • Told by activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising and a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live.
  • Feb. 12 - Quest (1 hr 45 min, Rated NR)
    • Filmed with vérité intimacy for nearly a decade, QUEST is the moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, Christopher "Quest" Rainey, and his wife, Christine’a "Ma Quest" raise a family while nurturing a community of hip hop artists in their home music studio. It’s a safe space where all are welcome, but this creative sanctuary can’t always shield them from the strife that grips their neighborhood. Epic in scope, QUEST is a vivid illumination of race and class in America, and a testament to love, healing and hope.
  • Feb. 19 - Raising Bertie (1 hr 42 min, Rated NR)
    • Filmmaker Margaret Byrne follows three African-American boys as they come of age over the course of six years in Bertie County, N.C.
  • Feb. 26 - Presenting Princess Shaw (1 hr 23 min, Rated NR)
    • The extraordinary story of New Orleans singing sensation Princess Shaw and her collaborator Kutiman, a musician in Israel who uses her YouTube videos to create something magical.                        

On Friday, February 7 from 3:30pm - 4:15pm at the Downtown Library, take your children to the Children’s Friday Special: Afrique Ngozi Dance and Drum. Celebrate African arts with this interactive storytelling show featuring West African dance and drumming. Free tickets are available 30 minutes prior to the show, and space is limited. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Finally, on Saturday, February 8 from 4pm - 5:30pm at Downtown Library, enjoy Story Central: Stories from a Life of Service with Ray Christian. Dr. Ray Christian is a retired army paratrooper and combat veteran who teaches African-American History and Storytelling at Appalachian State University. When he tells stories from his life, people listen and cheer! Find out why in this moving and thought-provoking performance of stories of military service, American history and more.

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