Black History Month Literary Festival comes to University City Regional Library

University City Regional Library will host its first literary festival in honor of Black History Month this February.

Celebrate the literature, arts and culture of African Americans during University City Regional Library's inaugural Black History Month Literary Festival on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Meet local authors, participate in self-directed art activities and attend scheduled programs throughout the day. Additional activities include a Cultural Rhythms Workshop with Kerra Don starting at 11 a.m., a chance to meet illustrator Gordon C. James at 12 p.m., and a live show from The Black Guy Who Tips Podcast at 2 p.m. 

Local authors participating with the Black History Month Literary Festival will have the opportunity to display their books and engage with the community. Partnering with local authors helps Charlotte Mecklenburg Library develop relationships and encourage future collaborations for programming and projects that strengthen community ties.  

Cultural Rhythms Workshop with Kerra Don - 11 a.m.

Explore African and ballet dance techniques with local dancer and performing artist Shakerra Lauther, better known by her stage name, Kerra Don.

Participants will have the opportunity to practice techniques with Kerra during this movement workshop. 

Audience: Preschool, School age, Teens

Meet the Illustrator: Gordon C. James - 12 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon presentation with award-winning children's book illustrator Gordon C. James. A featured 2019 EpicFest illustrator, James will discuss his life as an illustrator and read from the books Let Er Buck! and Crown, and answer questions from the audience.

Audience: School age, Teens, Adults. 

The Black Guy Who Tips Podcast – 2 p.m.

Rod and Karen will discuss the creation of the Black Guy Who Tips Podcast and provide tips to producing a successful podcast. Other topics will include black literature, black history in Charlotte, library resources, trivia and more.

 Audience: Adults