Black History – Decatur Library plans month-long celebrationThe pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, GA-2169-F
February is Black History Month, and the Decatur Library and the Georgia Center for the Book have planned several events to commemorate the contributions of African Americans.
There’s the ongoing exhibit of owls collected by Lillian White, mother of Decatur Active Living Director Greg White.
On Feb. 3, the library hosted “Why We Laugh”, a presentation by stand-up comedian Darryl Littleton. Here are other events on the calendar.
Wednesday, Feb. 5 – Benjamin C. Ridgeway, Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church – 7:15 pm to 9 pm.
Ridgeway, a longtime member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church congregation, shows off his collection of photographs of the historic church where Martin Luther King Jr. once preached.
Monday, Feb. 10 – Edward Kelsey Moore, The Supreme’s At Earl’s All You Can Eat – 7:15 pm to 9 pm.
The program says, “Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is home away from home for the inseparable Plainview, Ind. trio of Odette, Clarice and Barbara Jean, dubbed ‘the Supremes’ by high school pals. Through marriage, children, happiness, and the blues, these strong, funny women gather each Sunday at the same table at Earl’s diner for delicious food, juicy gossip, occasional tears and uproarious banter.”
Tuesday, Feb. 11 – LWSC Performing Arts Group – 7 pm to 8 pm.
Presentation of “Hallelujah: In That Great Gettin’ Up Mornin'”
Saturday, Feb. 22 – 25th Annual African American Read-In – noon to 1:30 pm.
Established by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to encourage reading of books, poems and other literature authored by African Americans.
Monday, Feb. 24 – Maurice Daniels, “Saving the Soul of Georgia: Donald L. Hollowell and the Struggle for Civil Rights” – 7:15 to 9 pm.
A discussion about Donald Hollowell, Atlanta’s chief Civil Rights attorney during the 1950s and 60s.