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This Day in Black History


Satchel_Paige.jpgOn this day in 1971, Leroy "Satchel "Paige became the first Negro League player to be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. Satchel Paige was a pitcher in the Negro leagues as well as Major League Baseball. Paige began his career in 1926 with the Chattanooga Black Lookouts and ended his career in 1966 playing for the Peninsula Grays. He was the seventh Negro league player to be inducted into Major League Baseball. Read more about Satchel Paige at your Milwaukee Public Library.

Quilting Bee in the Style of Gee's Bend Quilters

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For the month of February, several of the neighborhood libraries are hosting an arts and crafts program inspired by the women of Gee's Bend and their famous quilts. Children will create their own quilt pattern using cut paper and other art supplies while they learn about these famous women and the historical significance of their quilts. This program is for children ages 5-12. Advanced registration is not necessary. Children and their parents may simply come into any of the participating libraries to create works of art based on the beautiful quilts of Gee's Bend.


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Celebrate Black History Month @ the Library!

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February is Black History Month! Did you know that Black History Month is celebrated in February to honor the births Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass? Celebrate Black History Month by following Milwaukee Public Library's chronology of important people, events and resources of African-American history. You can check the chronology daily though February 28. Also, check out the library catalog to find more books and DVDs about the history of African Americans.


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Celebrate Black History Month @ Center Street Library

It's Open Mic Night at Center Street Library!

Monday, February 25, 2008
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Poets, singers, dancers, visual artists, and other performers are invited to come and express themselves for our Black History Month celebration!

If you would like to be a performer for this event, please register with the librarian by Thursday, February 21. Call (414) 286-3090.

Your Weekly Reference Question

Did you know that February is Black History Month?

An idea proposed by black historian Carter G. Woodson, Black History Month began in 1926 as Negro History Week. Dr. Woodson selected a particular week in February as a time to celebrate African American achievement because it coincided with the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), founded by Dr. Woodson, established Black History Month. For more information about Black History Month, go to ASALH's Website. Also, check out our events calendar for Black History Month celebrations in Milwaukee Public Libraries.

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