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Black History Month in Denver

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February is Black History Month, which means there are a lot of different and fun ways to get involved. While there are many events taking place across the metro area throughout the month, The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library (a branch of the Denver Public Library), is hosting numerous exhibits and events, including their Black History Month Film Series, all of which are FREE to attend. The film series will feature the following films: Glory (Monday, February 1st, 6 pm.), Buck and the Preacher (Monday, February 8th, 6 pm.), and Race to Freedom: Story of the Underground Railroad (Monday, February 22nd, 6 pm.). If you can't make the films, and/or you'd rather see an exhibit instead of, or in addition to the film series, the Blair-Caldwell AARL has you covered. On Wednesday, February 3rd, 6-8 pm., the exhibit Black History Live with Chautauquan Hasan Davis will take place as Davis will be portraying 19th century ex-slave, Angus Augustus Burleigh. While in character Davis will be interacting with members of the audience, offering a unique historical perspective to all in attendance.

On Saturday, February 6th, 2-3 pm., a debate on Lincoln will take place called: Lincoln: The Great Emancipator or Forced into Glory? The debate will feature students from the Metropolitan State College of Denver. On Saturday, February 6, 1:30-3:30 pm., the 2010 Juanita Ross Gray Community Service Award Ceremony will take place, honoring African American men and women who have made an outstanding contribution to the Denver Metro area. For the kids, The Blair-Caldwell AARL is offering a craft session entitled: Children's Craft: Building a Log Cabin on Monday, February 8, 5:30-6:30 pm. On Wednesday, February 10, 6:30-7:30 pm., there will be a lecture given by Metro State Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies, Dr. Derrick Hudson entitled: Lincoln: The Escalating War and the Slavery Question. The lecture will primarily focus on raising awareness of both the moral and economic aspects concerning the issue of slavery, and the role of Lincoln. The last event listed for this particular Blair-Caldwell AARL exhibit, is entitled:  Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln: End of Exhibit Celebration. The event will take place on Friday, February 12, 4-5 pm., and will be a celebration of Abraham Lincoln's birthday. Lincoln's famous Gettysburg address will be given, refreshments will be served, and there will be a musical performance by The Sojourners.

Happy Black History Month everyone!

The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library is located at: 2401 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80205. For more information visit: or call: (720) 865-2401.