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Black History Month Events 2022

Civil Rights in the Sunshine State

Tuesday 02/01/22, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

The Museum of Florida History presents Civil Rights in the Sunshine State from February 1 to March 12 on the second floor, Cotilla Gallery at the NSU Alvin Sherman Produced to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, this rich and engaging exhibit explores the struggle of African Americans for equality in Florida from the end of Reconstruction (1877) through the 1970s. It examines the deep history of black activism in the state and reveals the multi-generational effort of men and women whose courage and sacrifice ended centuries of institutionalized racism. Civil Rights in the Sunshine State is one of the first attempts to view the Florida civil rights movement through a statewide lens. From Miami to Tallahassee and St. Petersburg to St. Augustine, the Florida movement is explored at the local, state, and national levels.


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Raise a Reader Storytime (online event)

Wednesday 02/02/22, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

We bring our storytime to your home! This week, we'll be celebrating Black History Month with Mae Jemison and others.

Join Miss Ruthie on Facebook Live for silly stories and songs, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Like the NSU Alvin Sherman Library’s page or visit each week:

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Community Voices: Art and the African Diaspora featuring Marquese McFerguson, Edouard Duval Carrié and Morel Doucet at NSU Art Museum

Saturday 02/05/22, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

NSU Art Museum is partnering with various community organizations on a variety of programs as part of the Community Voices Series, NSU Art Museum’s new initiative supported by the Community Foundation of Broward, that focuses on exploring social and racial inequalities and challenging social structures, including representation in museums.

Support has been provided by the following Funds at the Community Foundation of Broward: Barbara and Michael G. Landry Fund for Broward, Peck Family Fund, Julia C. Baldwin Fund, and Frederick W. Jaqua Fund.

This panelist lecture, led by Marquese McFerguson, featuring Edouard Duval-Carrie and Morel Doucet explores ideas surrounding Art and the African diaspora. Artists reflect on their work and their experiences navigating contemporary life as artists of African descent. This panel discussion provides a space for community discourse as it highlights topics of identity, migration and race.

This is a free event.


Building A More Inclusive Family Association, Family Tree, And History (online event)

Sunday 02/06/22, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The presentation will look at how one family association (the Joseph Vick Family Association of America, Inc.) is attempting to correct its family tree and history by including African American family members who have been left out. Both documentary and DNA evidence is being used to correct past mistakes. A DNA Surprise!

Presented by Larry Vick. Larry Vick is the Treasurer-Registrar of the Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County and a past librarian of the Society. He is also a director of the Joseph Vick Family of America as well as the Association's newsletter editor and DNA committee chair. Additionally, Larry is the administrator of the VICK Surname DNA Project at Family Tree DNA as well as a co-administrator of the Q Nordic Y-DNA project at FTDNA. Finally, he was one of six 23andMe Ancestry Ambassadors.

This presentation will be held online using Zoom.

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Cross that River at the Miniaci Performing Arts Center

Monday 02/07/22, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Award-winning musician, Allan Harris wrote Cross That River to tell the untold story of the Black West and empower Americans with an inspiring story of hope and freedom.

The unsettled West of the 1860s provides a new life and new dreams for Blue, a run-away slave, who escapes from slavery to Texas to become one of America’s first Black Cowboys. This compelling tale of freedom integrates fiction with historical fact, and each song presents a different page in this complicated chapter of American History.

The story of Blue begins in Louisiana, and with every song of this highly infectious score, the audience is moved further along on Blue’s harrowing journey across the Sabine River to freedom in the Wild West. Each song tells a unique story, at times joyful, sometimes tragic, but mostly a poignant chronicle of enduring perseverance.

VENUE:   The Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center

PRICE:  $30-$50

AVAILABILITY:  Buy Tickets Now


Celebrate Black History Month with Digital Collages (online event)

Wednesday 02/09/22, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Learn about different techniques for creating digital collages while also celebrating Black History Month!  Use various library resources to research one or more important figures in African American history, and then learn how to create a digital collage on your computer!

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Computer Camp: Black Thought and Culture (online event)

Tuesday 02/15/22, 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Join us as we examine the databases in the library’s online collection which explore Black thought and culture.  We will navigate the databases Black Thought & CultureBlack Drama and others which are available from your home computer. To access the databases, you would need the Alvin Sherman Library card. You can apply for one here.

This class will be held through Zoom. Please register to receive the Zoom meeting link.

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Civil Rights in the Sunshine State: The Lynching of Rubin Stacy

Tuesday 02/15/22, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

According to records maintained by the NAACP, between 1882 and 1968 there were 4,743 documented cases of lynching across the United States, with the majority of victims being African American.  A combination of their frequency and the system of white supremacy which condoned these mob killings ensured that most victims were soon forgotten. The case of Rubin Stacy, who was lynched by a mob in 1935 on what is today the corner of Davie Boulevard and SW 31st Avenue, stands out though because it was a recorded in a number of searing photographs taken that day. From the NAACP fliers that used these images in support of its anti-lynching campaign to the recent decision of the City of Fort Lauderdale to rename a stretch of Davie Boulevard in his memory, this talk will revisit the story of Rubin Stacy's murder and photographs which propelled it to national attention. 

Presented by Dr. David Kilroy Ph.D., a Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Humanities and Politics. A native of Dublin, Ireland, his research interests fall broadly within the parameters of U.S. political and cultural engagement on the world stage.

Click here to register for Zoom. Click below to register for in-person attendance. 

Location:  Alvin Sherman Library, Second Floor, Cotilla Gallery

Civil Rights in the Sunshine State: The Lynching of Rubin Stacy - LibCal - Nova Southeastern University

Civil Rights in the Sunshine State: Eula Johnson and the Fort Lauderdale Wade-ins

Friday 02/18/22, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Prior to the 1961 Wade-ins on Fort Lauderdale Beach, and a landmark district case, public facilities in Broward county were segregated. Eula Johnson was the first woman president of the Broward chapter of the NAACP. Johnson, along with Dr. Von D. Mizell coordinated and organized a series of protests called the "Wade-ins" in the summer of 1961 to desegregate the beaches. Both faced white supremacist backlash during and after the protests. The City of Fort Lauderdale eventually sued Johnson and Mizell for "disturbing the peace" during their demonstrations. Johnson and Mizell won their case, which set the precedent for the future desegregation of Broward county. This talk will be led by Janay Joseph and Tara Chadwick on Johnson's legacy, and the work that can be done today within our current political climate. A preview of the documentary short film "She Had A Dream: Eula Johnson's Fight to Desegregate Broward County" will also be featured, along with a discussion on the research and production of the film.

Presented by Janay Joseph and Tara Charwick, History and International Studies Majors in the Department of Humanities and Politics at the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences

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Location: Alvin Sherman Library, Second Floor, Cotilla Gallery 

Civil Rights in the Sunshine State: Eula Johnson and the Fort Lauderdale Wade-ins - LibCal - Nova Southeastern University

The Open Classroom – Social Change Through Art

Monday 02/21/22, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

The Open Classroom will feature conversations with scholars from various disciplines who will share their expertise on important issues and provide insightful perspectives rarely seen in the media. 

Join us online or in person for our first installment, Social Change Through Art. Learn how contemporary artists use art as a form of social activism to challenge the historic use of images as a tool to marginalize women of color. 

Hosted by Andrea Nevins Ph.D., M.F.A.

Featured speaker: Kandy Lopez-Moreno, M.F.A., Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, Media, and the Arts

Click here for Zoom registration.

Click on Begin Registration below to register for in-person attendance.

The Open Classroom series is a collaboration between the Farquhar Honors College and the Alvin Sherman Library. 

Location: Alvin Sherman Library, Second Floor, Cotilla Gallery 

Canciones y Cuentos, Songs and Stories (online event)

Thursday 02/24/22, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Explore a joyous blend of traditional and original songs and new interpretations of folktales each week in English and Spanish with award-winning, internationally-touring family musician and teaching artist Alina Celeste in a special livestream performance on the NSU Alvin Sherman Library’s Facebook page:
This week, we celebrate Black History Month! Find Alina's handpicked educational resources on our library guide:
This program is made possible with the generous support of the Erwin and Barbara Mautner Charitable Foundation.  

Family Concert with Positively Africa (online event)

Saturday 02/26/22, 3:00 PM - 3:20 PM

Julius and Julia Sanna of afro-fusion band, Positively Africa, share songs, dances and personal stories from the Luo and Zigua tribes of Africa in a virtual concert on the library's Facebook page ( and YouTube channel ( The concert premieres on Saturday, February 26, 3:00 p.m. and will be available to view on-demand after the premiere. 

This program is generously funded by the Erwin and Barbara Mautner Charitable Foundation.

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All events will be held online, unless otherwise specified.


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