Area libraries will host numerous events this month for Black History Month.
Mid-Continent Public Library
• Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Raytown branch, 6131 Raytown Road: “Tuskegee Airmen.” Learn the story of the elite group of African-American fliers in World War II.
• Feb. 23, 11:30 a.m., Midwest Genealogy Center: “Cotton, Rag Dolls and the Underground Railroad.” Hear stories about Kansas City's connection to the Underground Railroad, including the importance of rag dolls on the journey.
• Feb. 9, 2 p.m., Blue Springs South Branch, 2220 S. Missouri 7: “Born a Slave.” Local historian David Jackson, whose family identified as white for five generations, discusses how 30 years of genealogical research led him to find great-great grandfather had been born a slave.
• Feb. 21, 2 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center: “George Washington Carver: Path to National Prominence.” A park ranger from the Carver National Monument in Diamond, Missouri will discuss the life story of the famed scientist, educator and humanitarian.
• Feb 26, 6:30 p.m., Midwest Genealogy Center: “Born a Slave.”
• Feb. 27, 7 p.m., North Independence Branch, 317 U.S. 24, Independence: “Born a Slave.”
There are additional events and dates for aforementioned events available on the library's website: www.mymcpl.org
• Feb. 7, 6:30-8 p.m.: Book talk: “Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman.” Featuring author Richard Gergel, a federal district judge who presides a same courthouse as the judge who presided over the trial of Woodard's beating after he returned home from World War II. This program is free but RSVPs are required.
• Feb. 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: “Trails to Truman Trivia Night: Civil Rights Edition.” The theme is in honor of Black History Month, and questions will be spread across traditional categories including entertainment, history and sports, among others. Sign up a team of 4-6 people by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. Spots are limited.
Kansas City Public Library
• Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m., Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City: “An Evening With Tyehimba Jess.” The Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry and college professor discusses and reads from his works in an event celebrating Kansas City's designation as a Creative City of Music by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
• Feb. 10, 2 p.m., Central Library: “Through the Photographer's Lens: Kansas City's African-American Community.” Historian Delia Cook Gillis highlights the work of area black photographers from the time of the civil rights movement and examines the history of Kansas City's black community through their lenses.