In observing Black History Month in February, the Bexley Public Library will be host to authors who will share a personal account of the civil-rights movement and African-American women's contributions to the nation, as well as a roundtable discussion with the Bexley Minority Parent Alliance and the Bexley Diversity & Inclusion Initiative.
The events are part of the library's effort to feature programming year-round that will appeal to a variety of interests, said Ken Flower, the library's director of advancement and community relations.
"We're trying to have a diverse lineup of programs every quarter," he said. "We definitely wanted to make sure we had some great opportunities in February."
Treva Lindsey, author of "Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington, D.C.," will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 in the library's auditorium, 2411 E. Main St. Lindsey will discuss her new book "Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington, D.C." Home to established African-American institutions and communities, Washington, D.C., offered women in the New Negro movement a setting for the fight against racial and gender oppression, according to Lindsey's book.
Lindsey specializes in African-American women's history, black popular culture, black feminism, race and gender theory and sexual politics. She was the inaugural Equity for Women and Girls of Color Fellow at Harvard University in the 2016-17 academic year.
On Feb. 18 at 7 p.m., the library will feature Lynda Blackmon Lowery, author of "Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom." For the event, the library is partnering with the nonprofit community organization Friends of Art for Community Enrichment.
In her memoir, Lowery shares her experience of being the youngest person to be part of the historic march for African-American voting rights in Selma, Alabama, in 1965. The event was dramatized in the Oscar-nominated 2015 movie "Selma."
"She tells her story from a firsthand perspective of the civil-rights movement," Flower said.
On Feb. 22 at 7 p.m., library will host a program titled "Culture and Conversation." It will include dinner and a roundtable discussion "about how African Americans have influenced culture more than we know," Flower said.
The library will be the site of the third "Safe Conversations About Race" presentation, which is co-sponsored by the city of Bexley, the Bexley City School District, the Bexley Community Foundation and the Bexley Diversity & Inclusion Initiative. The series brought together hundreds of people for two previous installments on Nov. 30 and Jan. 11. The final session is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 1 in the library's auditorium.
For more details visit www.bexleylibrary.org.