Here’s a rundown of all the things taking place within the month of February.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Public Library can be celebrating Black Historical past Month with a number of digital occasions beginning Feb. 1.
The programming is made attainable by collaboration with native organizations, neighborhood members, and companies.
There can be sequence targeted on each training and leisure, the Style of Soul, and extra. Here’s a rundown of all the things taking place within the month of February.
GRPL’s sequence of instructional and entertaining programming consists of:
African American Architects with Isaac V. Norris, AIA, NOMA, LEED-AP
Be a part of us for a two-part lecture on the historical past of African American architects in the US. African People have contributed to the American panorama of structure regardless of many instructional and inclusion disparities. One in every of Grand Rapids’ personal preeminent architects, Isaac Norris, will stroll us by their storied historical past.
Neighborhood Highlight: Grand Rapids Space Black Companies (GRABB)
On this lunchtime mini-series, be taught extra about native Black-owned companies and initiatives. This week, hear about Grand Rapids Space Black Companies (GRABB) which was based in 2012 to create consciousness and convey visibility to the Black enterprise neighborhood. By 2013, it launched as an financial and enterprise improvement entity to advance financial fairness in Grand Rapids. GRABB has been working for the final 8 years empowering the Black enterprise neighborhood that’s resulting in significant and useful financial development and sustainability.
Music (NOT) within the Stacks: Edye Evans Hyde
2011 West Michigan Jazz Society Musician of the 12 months, Edye Evans Hyde has been singing jazz, blues and pop music for over 30 years in West Michigan, Los Angeles, Asia and Europe. Edye has shared the stage with world-renowned blues singer Linda Hopkins, pop singer Michael Bolton, vocalist Maria Muldaur, actress Connie Stevens, the late Ray Charles, and Cuban trumpet participant Arturo Sandoval.
Black Historical past Month Storytimes
Hear readings of books that includes Black characters or which can be by Black authors. Take part in sing-alongs, and early literacy ideas from a GRPL librarian. Tune in weekly on GRPL’s Fb Web page and YouTube Channel through the month of February.
Neighborhood Highlight: A Metropolis Inside A Metropolis Movie with Victor Williams
This week, hear about how the Grand Rapids Media Initiative & Movie Incubator with Grand Stand Photos and affiliated neighborhood companions will quickly start manufacturing of a full size documentary movie. The movie will reveal how the dignity and humanity of the Black neighborhood in Grand Rapids persists in overcoming the insidiousness of #ManagerialRacism as outlined by creator Todd Robinson, in his guide A City Within A City: The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids.
Music (NOT) within the Stacks: Tom Cutts
Tom Cutts is a gifted guitarist, songwriter and singer. Cutts has shared the stage with many notable artists equivalent to: Jessica Reedy, Tasha Web page Lockhart, Marvin Sapp, Al Inexperienced, Angela Christie, Shirley Caesar, Andre Crouch, James Cleveland, and others.
Ebony Highway Gamers Current ‘Anne and Emmett’
GRPL presents a digital presentation of “Anne and Emmett.” On this imaginative stage play, Anne Frank and Emmett Until meet in a spot referred to as “Reminiscence” to share accounts of their lives and deaths.
Neighborhood Highlight: We Are Lit GR with Kendra McNeil
This week uncover We Are LIT, an impartial, multicultural bookshop based mostly in Grand Rapids, promoting new, various books throughout all genres.
Music (NOT) within the Stacks: Karisa Wilson
Karisa Wilson is an award profitable singer-songwriter from Michigan. Her debut album “Little Lady” received the WYCE’s Album of the 12 months Jammie, one among Michigan’s most prestigious indie music awards. Karisa writes and performs a mix of indie folks, jazz and blues. She can be a classically educated violinist.
Style of Soul Sunday
We’re taking our standard Style of Soul Sunday occasion on-line! Get pleasure from a sequence of digital occasions and luxuriate in our Style of Soul Sunday Restaurant Showcase.
Be a part of GRPL for an intimate discuss with Shannon Cohen 7 household on life, resilience, and surviving a pandemic.
A self-professed “Funkateer”, Serita Crowley of Serita’s Black Rose from Grand Rapids, Michigan brings a raucous mixture of FUNK, ROCK, BLUES, NEO-SOUL, and AMERICANA. Serita, alongside together with her accomplice Jon Hayes are at its core, performing collectively for practically twenty years.
Neighborhood Highlight: Luxe Artisan Preserves with Kimberly Marie
On this lunchtime mini-series, be taught extra about native Black-owned companies and initiatives.
This week uncover Luxe Artisan Preserves, who provides a set of small-batch, hand-crafted preserves infused with herbs and alcohol.
Music (NOT) within the Stacks: Jordan Hamilton
Jordan Hamilton, cellist of Final Gasp Collective and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, merges songwriting, loop pedals, pattern machines, and vocals to create a sonic panorama of experimental hip-hop, folks, soul, and classical music.
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