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Goodman South Madison Library to Host a Variety of Black History Month Events

An exhibit of the beautifully decorated covers of UMOJA will be featured for Black History Month at the Madison Goodman Public Library.

In celebration of Black History Month, an exhibit of the beautifully decorated covers of UMOJA Magazine will be on display at the Madison Goodman Public Library, 2222 S. Park St., for the entire month of February.  The exhibit, food receptions and all events are free to the community and will be held in partnership with the Committee for a Black History Museum in Madison.  It is sponsored by Beyond the Page and the Friends of Goodman South Madison Library.

Other Black History Month events scheduled to take place at the Goodman South Madison Library include:

◉ Madison African American Artists Who Created UMOJA Covers

On Thursday, Jan. 30, 6-7:30 p.m., this event will feature a video on Ms. Milele Chikasa Anana, remarks from five artists: Jerry Butler, Jerry Jordan, Linda Mathis Rose, Henry Hawkins and Freida High Tesfagiorgis. A dinner reception will feature African-American food from local African American caterer, Ruthie’s Chili Spot.

◉ Good Food for the Soul

On Thursday, Feb. 13, 6-7:30 p.m., farmer Robert Pierce and Chef Ruthie Allen share good food and the roles food and farming play in Madison’s African American community, past and present.  The event will include famous Black love songs, food from Chef Ruthie and a chocolate tasting from CocoVaa Chocolatier.

◉ Tribute to Our Elders: Speak and Song

On Thursday, Feb. 20, 6-7:30 p.m., there will be a tribute to Wisconsin Community Activist, Joe McClain, and our elders. Joe McClain testimonials are welcomed. Precious Memories Choir, a choir made up of people with memory loss, their caregivers, family and friends will sing.  A soul food tribute with historical African Americans dishes will be featured.

◉ African American History in Madison

Come enjoy local history buffs Pia Kinney James and Char Braxton on Thursday, Feb. 27, 6-7:30 p.m., as they pay tribute to their legacies in Madison through a discussion of Madison past, present and future. Both are from African-American families who have lived in Madison for generations.  There will also be a soul food meal featuring African-American food from local African-American caterer, Ruthie’s Chili Spot.