The following programs are planned to recognize Black History Month at Memorial Library:
* 10:30 a.m. Feb. 13: Jason Sokol traces the modern history of race and politics in the Northeast. He explores questions like: Why did white fans come out to support Jackie Robinson as he broke baseball's color barrier in 1947 even as Brooklyn's blacks were shunted into segregated neighborhoods? How was African-American politician Ed Brooke of Massachusetts, who won a Senate seat in 1966, undone by the resistance to desegregation busing in Boston?
* 7 p.m. Feb. 17: Author and journalist Matthew Van Meter will discuss his book, "Deep Delta Justice: A Black Teen, His Lawyer, and Their Groundbreaking Battle for Civil Rights in the South." Van Meter talks about research into how an arrest of a Black man brought massive change to the criminal justice system.
* 7 p.m. Feb. 22: Flutist and lecturer Galen Abdur-Razzaq presents Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement. The combined lecture and musical performance will start with a flute prelude followed by a presentation chronicling the music from the turn of the century to the present day, highlighting various artists.
* 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24: Former Andover resident E. Dolores Johnson will discuss her new book, "Say I'm Dead: A Family Memoir of Race, Secrets and Love," with author Grace Talusan. It's a multi-generational memoir that reveals America's changing attitudes toward race mixing, discovered through the courageous journeys of her family’s women. Johnson's parents fled to Buffalo from Indianapolis so they could marry without violating Indiana's anti-miscegenation laws.
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