Pratt celebrates black history with readings and talks

February 01, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Enoch Pratt Free Library will feature readings and discussions this week by prominent authors and scholars on the history and contributions of African-Americans in observance of Black History Month.

Tomorrow, storyteller Tahira will tell children stories about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the freedom fighters of the civil rights movement at 1 p.m. at the Edmondson Avenue branch, 4330 Edmondson Ave.; at 4 p.m. at the Walbrook branch, 3203 W. North Ave.; and at 6:30 p.m. at the Forest Park branch, 3023 Garrison Blvd.

On Thursday, Arthur Jones, editor-at-large of the National Catholic Reporter, will describe the journey of Pierre Toussaint, who was born into slavery in Haiti and rose to become a prominent businessman and philanthropist in New York City in the 19th century. Jones will speak at 2 p.m. at the Light Street branch, 1251 Light St.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's editions of The Sun misstated when Arthur Jones, editor-at-large of the National Catholic Reporter, will speak at the Light Street branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. He will speak tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.

Also Thursday, wax figures of poet Phillis Wheatley and storyteller Mary Carter Smith will be on display in the African-American Department of the central library, 400 Cathedral St. The figures will be on loan from the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum.

On Sunday, Rhonda Y. Williams will discuss her book The Politics of Public Housing, about 70 years of public housing in Baltimore, at 2 p.m. in the central library's Wheeler Auditorium.

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