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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Dakota County Library celebrating Black History Month

Dakota County Library will use culture, literature, history and music to celebrate Black History Month in February with a variety of programs.
 
Book Discussion: Go Set a Watchman
Sunday, Feb. 7, 2–3:30 p.m.
Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Rd., Eagan
Celebrate Black History Month and Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman, the story of Scout who goes back to her hometown of Maycomb, Ala., 20 years after To Kill a Mockingbird; and attend a professionally facilitated book discussion with other teens to talk about racial identity and history in the United States, and why this book is so controversial. Participants must read Go Set a Watchman and are expected to read To Kill a Mockingbird before attending. Registration required. For ages 12-18.
 
Lila Ammons: Voices of Influence
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2–3 p.m.
Pleasant Hill Library, 1490 South Frontage Rd., Hastings
Discover the inspiration Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Billy Holiday, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan and Ernestine Anderson brought to jazz singing through this exquisite performance by Lila Ammons. Sponsored by Minnesota's Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
 
Lakansyel Haitian Arts, History and Culture
Saturday, Feb. 27, 10:30–11:15 a.m.
Farmington Library, 508 Third St., Farmington
Watch four master artists tell a story from Haitian history through song, percussion, dance and traditional theater and join in the interactive Lakansyèl (rainbow) Haitian performance. Presented by Afoutayi Dance Company. Sponsored by Minnesota's Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
 
Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir
Saturday, March 5, 11 a.m.–noon
Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley
Hear a soulful interpretation of African-American gospel music through the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir that shares a message of hope and joy. Sponsored by Minnesota's Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
 
For more information, visit www.dakotacounty.us/library and search Black History Month.

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