Celebrate Black History Month at the Library


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In a month long celebration for Black History Month, the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach will host programming that explores the civil rights movement, music, art, and the beauty of the African American contribution.

Library programs presented are free and for all ages covering the Harlem Renaissance (live music), historical documentary screenings, an independent film screening, a panel discussion on the next chapter in the Civil Rights movement, and a traveling exhibit commemorating the Freedom Riders of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s.

The Traveling Exhibit from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York will explore the Freedom Riders of the Civil Rights movement with local community volunteers conducting tours of the exhibition, giving visitors guidance in understanding the display.

The Civil Rights in the 21st Century discussion panel is composed of local academics, business executives, non-profit organization managers, economists, all with a different perspective and approach, but all looking to pave the way for a better tomorrow for all Americans.

Additionally, Emmy-nominated director and producer David Kuhn from New York will be at the library to discuss his documentary “The House I Live In.” This was the 11th most checked out documentary on DVD in 2014 at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.  For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities. The documentary reveals profound civil rights implications.

The following is a list of all Black History Month free programs:


Art & Jazz for kids

Thursday, January 29, 2015; 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Documentary Screening: The Abolitionists

Wednesday, January 28, 2015; 2:30 PM – 5:40 PM


Harlem Renaissance Jazz: Concert with Commentary

Sunday, February 1, 2015; 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Documentary Screening: Slavery By Another Name

Wednesday, February 4, 2015; 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM


Travelling Exhibit:  Freedom Riders of the Civil Rights Movement

Daily, February 9 to March 4, 2015; During library open hours


Documentary Screening: The Loving Story

Wednesday, February 11, 2015; 2:30 PM – 4:17 PM


iCinema: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Sunday February 15, 2015; 2:00 pm – 3:34 pm


Documentary Screening: Freedom Riders

Wednesday, February 18, 2015; 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM


Hosted Documentary Series: The House I live In (Civil Rights and the War on Drugs)

Saturday, February 21, 2014; 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM


Documentary Screening: Freedom Summer: Mississippi 1964

Wednesday, February 25, 2015; 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM


Civil Rights in the 21st Century: Where Do We Go From Here?

Saturday, February 28, 2015; 1:30 pm


For more information please call the library at 561-868-7701 or visit wpbcitylibrary.org.