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This Is What Democracy Reads Like: A Conversation with Wilson Goode

Tue, October 23, 2018 6:00 P.M.
Paschalville Library

Join a conversation with the Honorable W. Wilson Goode, former mayor of Philadelphia, about his new book  Black Voters Mattered: A Philadelphia Story . Dr. Goode will talk about how essential voting and elections are to our communities. Learn the history of an era of…

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Chat-n-Chew Book Club

Tue, October 23, 2018 6:00 P.M.
West Oak Lane Library

Do you love to read?  Do you like to talk?  If you do, please consider joining the West Oak Lane Library's book group. We will meet approximately every five weeks.  Stop in the library and see what we will be reading. This evening we will be discussing Elaine T.…

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This Is What Democracy Reads Like: A Conversation with Wilson Goode

Wed, October 24, 2018 6:30 P.M.
Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library

Join a conversation with the Honorable W. Wilson Goode, former mayor of Philadelphia, about his new book  Black Voters Mattered: A Philadelphia Story . Dr. Goode will talk about how essential voting and elections are to our communities. Learn the history of an era of…

Adult Young Adult School Age Speakers and Lectures African American Literature Philadelphia Philadelphia History Politics Midterms Matter

This Is What Democracy Reads Like: A Conversation with Wilson Goode

Thu, October 25, 2018 6:00 P.M.
Kingsessing Library

Join a conversation with the Honorable W. Wilson Goode, former mayor of Philadelphia, about his new book  Black Voters Mattered: A Philadelphia Story . Dr. Goode will talk about how essential voting and elections are to our communities. Learn the history of an era of…

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Sundays on Stage: Keepers of the Culture

Sun, October 28, 2018 2:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

The rich legacy of the African Oral Tradition has been preserved in the stories told among the African American communities that survived and thrive in Philadelphia.  Come hear this rich tapestry of tales told by members of Keepers of the Culture. Montgomery Auditorium Doors open at 1:30…

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Philadelphia Reads W.E.B. Du Bois----Today's reading and discussion: Of Alexander Crummell

Sun, October 28, 2018 2:00 P.M.
Social Science and History Department at Parkway Central Library

Discover the power of W.E.B. Du Bois’ ideas and their significance in our time.  This reading group focuses on the “The Souls of Black Folk,” his seminal study of African-American civilization at the turn of the 20th Century.  Led by Du Bois scholar and activist, Dr.…

Adult Young Adult Senior Discussion and Participation African American Philadelphia History Social Science

This Is What Democracy Reads Like: A Conversation with Wilson Goode

Mon, October 29, 2018 6:30 P.M.
Wynnefield Library

Join a conversation with the Honorable W. Wilson Goode, former mayor of Philadelphia, about his new book  Black Voters Mattered: A Philadelphia Story . Dr. Goode will talk about how essential voting and elections are to our communities. Learn the history of an era of…

Adult Young Adult School Age Speakers and Lectures African American Literature Philadelphia Philadelphia History Politics Midterms Matter

This Is What Democracy Reads Like: A Conversation with Wilson Goode

Tue, October 30, 2018 6:30 P.M.
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library

Join a conversation with the Honorable W. Wilson Goode, former mayor of Philadelphia, about his new book  Black Voters Mattered: A Philadelphia Story . Dr. Goode will talk about how essential voting and elections are to our communities. Learn the history of an era of…

Adult Young Adult School Age Speakers and Lectures African American Literature Philadelphia Philadelphia History Politics Midterms Matter

Leslie Umberger | Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor

Thu, November 1, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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Born a slave on an Alabama plantation and 12 years old at the end of the Civil War, Bill Traylor worked as a farm laborer for more than 60 years. Alone in retirement in segregated Montgomery, he discovered art and his creative voice without instruction or guidance, eventually creating more than…

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Sundays on Stage: Yogapalooza! with Bari Koral

Sun, November 4, 2018 2:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Learn yoga with a dancing bear, pop like popcorn, “sleep” like a pony in the barn, fly like rocket ships, run with a gingerbread  man, relax in the garden and much more as we dance, stretch, sing and play to Bari’s award winning songs. Montgomery Auditorium Doors open at…

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Philadelphia Reads W.E.B. Du Bois----Today's reading and discussion: Of Alexander Crummell

Sun, November 4, 2018 2:00 P.M.
Social Science and History Department at Parkway Central Library

Discover the power of W.E.B. Du Bois’ ideas and their significance in our time.  This reading group focuses on the “The Souls of Black Folk,” his seminal study of African-American civilization at the turn of the 20th Century.  Led by Du Bois scholar and activist, Dr.…

Adult Young Adult Senior Discussion and Participation African American Philadelphia History Social Science

African American Museum in Philadelphia

Tue, November 13, 2018 6:00 P.M.
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library

Join representatives from the African American Museum in Philadelphia to learn more about the volunteer docent program as well as the new exhibit, Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776-1876. Questions? Contact AAMP’s Education Coordinator at (215) 274-0380 ext. 249

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African American Interest Book Discussion

Mon, November 19, 2018 6:00 P.M.
Philbrick Hall at Parkway Central Library

The African American Interest Book Discussion Group will hold its next meeting on November 19, 2018 in Room 405 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. We will discuss Swing Time by Zadie Smith. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to librarian Lisa Hardy (215-686-5320)hardyl@freelibrary.org) by…

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David W. Blight | Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

Mon, November 19, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

David W. Blight’s many books of history include American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era ,  Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory , and two annotated editions of Frederick Douglass’s first two autobiographies. Blight is a professor of American History…

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Town Hall Meeting: Bethel Burying Ground

Tue, November 20, 2018 6:00 P.M.
Logan Library

Join us to hear about the history of the site - a forgotten burying ground underneath Weccacoe playground in South Philadelphia - and offer suggestions and ideas about how to memorialize this location, and remember the individuals interred there.   Light refreshment will be served.

Adult Senior Discussion and Participation African American Philadelphia History

Jabari Asim | We Can't Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival

Tue, November 20, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Editor-in-chief of The Crisis magazine, the NAACP’s flagship periodical, and a former editor and syndicated columnist at the The Washington Post , Jabari Asim is a professor of creative writing at Emerson College. His  many books include The N Word ; What Obama Means...For Our…

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Philadelphia Reads W.E.B. Du Bois----Today's reading and discussion: The Sorrow Songs

Sun, November 25, 2018 2:00 P.M.
Social Science and History Department at Parkway Central Library

Discover the power of W.E.B. Du Bois’ ideas and their significance in our time.  This reading group focuses on the “The Souls of Black Folk,” his seminal study of African-American civilization at the turn of the 20th Century.  Led by Du Bois scholar and activist, Dr.…

Adult Young Adult Senior Discussion and Participation African American Philadelphia History Social Science

Andrew Delbanco | The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War

Tue, November 27, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

“America’s best social critic” ( Time ), Andrew Delbanco is the author of numerous books that explore American history, character, and ideals, including The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope , The Puritan Ordeal , and Required Reading: Why Our American Classics Matter .…

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Sundays on Stage: The Nutcracker

Sun, December 2, 2018 2:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Presented by Pages to Pirouettes, bring the whole family to hear the story of Marie and the Nutcracker Prince and their journey to the Land of the Sweets,  then see it come to life to the enchanting music of Tchaikovsky. This Sundays on Stage tradition closes with a ballet lesson for the…

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Mary Schmidt Campbell | An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden

Thu, December 6, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15
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Tickets on sale September 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. President of Spelman College since 2015, and dean emerita of the Tisch School of the Arts, Mary Schmidt Campbell served as the vice chair of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities during the Obama administration. She has…

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