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RCLS Black History Month Programs 2021: Home

A listing of Black History Month Programs in the Ramapo Catskill Library System.

Cooperative RCLS Library Programs


Offered by the Josephine-Louise Public Library, the Ethelbert. B. Crawford Public Library, The Field Library, Goshen Public Library and Historical Society, Haverstraw King's Daughters Pulibc Library, Pearl River Library and the Ramapo Catskill Library System. 

Cornwall Public Library

'Hudson Valley Ebony Strings Ensemble'

Sunday, February 28th,  2pm

Register (after February 1st) at: 

Led by violinist E’lissa Jones, the ensemble is comprised of students from middle and high school. They perform classical pieces, African American spirituals, and original compositions by Ms. Jones.

Ethelbert B Crawford Public Library

Unconditional Enfranchisement', a program by Oliver King

Thursday, February 11,  6 pm 

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'Unconditional Enfranchisement', a program by Oliver King performing as Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), is based on an oration by Douglass entitled 'What the Black Man Wants' delivered to the 32nd annual meeting of the Massachusetts Antislavery Society in Boston, Massachusetts January 25, 1865.  During the Reconstruction era, Douglass demanded government action to secure land, voting rights, and civil equality for Black Americans.  This speech broaches both the Freedmen's right to vote as well as the right of women to vote.

Newburgh Free Library

Retrospective: Spirit of a People- 40 years of Collette V. Fournier’s Photography

Wednesday, February 3, 6 pm

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A historic embodiment of four decades of Collette V. Fournier’s photography archives. This presentation takes the viewer from black and white to color imagery and from film to digital capture. Fournier’s serial works explore themes of The Amistad: From Mystic Seaport to Nova Scotia, Post Hurricane Katrina, Travels to West Africa, and her community.

Beginning Genealogy Research for Families of Color

Saturday, February 6, 10:30 am

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Join historian, genealogist, and author Sandi Brewster-Walker for a presentation that will discuss the unique challenges people of color face when tracing their genealogy and tips to start their family history journey.

Navigating the Workplace & Career as a Person of Color

Monday, February 8, 6:30 pm

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People of Color face significant challenges in both finding a job and navigating the workplace. Learn from Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion consultant, Genesis Ramos, about how people of color can self-advocate and pursue advancement in their field of work.

Diverse Voices Book Discussion Group: The Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

Wednesday, February 17, 6:30 pm

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With discussion leader Professor Crystal Donkor, we will discuss debut novel An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon. The book is available through Hoopla with your library card and as an audiobook

Tuesdays at Two Book Club: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Tuesday, February 23, 2 pm

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Afrofuturist Poetry Workshop with Jo'Van O'Neal

Wednesday, February 24, 6:30 pm

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Please join us for a presentation on Afrofuturism offered by writer, Jo'Van O'Neal, Watering Hole Fellow & Hurston Wright Foundation alum & former Newburgher. Using video around afrofuturisim & poetry folks will create pieces that connect the past, present, and future to articulate how they do & could see themselves in time. In sharing these potential realities they will be encouraged to account the present and how it can inform the future.


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Nyack Library

Retrospective: Spirit of a People w/ Collette Fournier

Thursday, February 11, 7pm

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A confirmation email will be sent with the necessary zoom link.

Book Discussion with the author: These Ghosts are Family by Maisy Card

Wednesday, February 17, 7pm

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A confirmation email will be sent with the necessary zoom link.

Madame C.J. Walker lecture w/ Rick Feingold

Tuesday, February 23, 7pm

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A confirmation email will be sent with the necessary zoom link.

Woodbury Public Library


Black Women and the Suffragist Movement Wed., 2/2/2021, 3-4 PM

Learn about individuals, like Ida B. Wells, and organizations, like the National Association of Colored Women, which organized and protested for the rights and freedom of Black women in America, including the right to vote. Explore their tactics and triumphs. REGISTER HERE TO RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK:


On the Journey to Freedom Wed., 2/24/2021, 3-4 PM

Did you know that most enslaved men and women who ran away to freedom relied largely on their own ingenuity and skills? Historical interpreters bring their stories to life. Learn how they navigated uncharted terrain, fed themselves, and found different modes of transport to freedom. REGISTER HERE TO RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK: RVEdA2I2Hr8G

Pearl River Library

The Last Black Man in San Francisco by Joe Talbot, Joe Talbot, Jonathan  Majors, Rob Morgan, Tichina Arnold | DVD | Barnes & Noble®

For Black History Month, The Pearl River Library is hosting a discussion of the film, 

"The Last Black Man in San Francisco", on Tuesday, February 24th @ 7pm.

Patrons may screen the film on their own via Kanopy* (if they need help downloading Kanopy they may contact the library) & join the discussion!

(Kanopy is not available to all RCLS library card holders. Check with your library to see if you have access to Kanopy.) 

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The Field Library in Peekskill (Part of the Westchester Library Sytem)

The Field Library of Peekskill joins with the Mount Gulian Historic Site, Beacon for a virtual presentation about the amazing life of James F. Brown, a runaway slave who went on to become a noteworthy Hudson Valley resident. This true story takes us back to a different time, but the values and struggles of that era mirror our own. Register here: