• By Forsyth County Public Library
  • Posted Friday, January 3, 2020

2020 Black History Month: African Americans and the Vote

This year marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment for women’s suffrage and the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment giving black men the right to vote after the Civil War. Therefore, the theme of this year’s Black History Month is a celebration of the rich and long history of the vote for black men and women.

At the Forsyth County Public Library, we are excited to participate in this celebration with you and we invite you to all of our featured programs. Download our full calendar of programs and events across all our branches for the months of January, February and March. Below are some of our highlights to look forward to.

2020 National Black History Month: African Americans and the Vote full program brochure.

"The Book of Leonidas"
Reynolda Manor Branch
Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 6-8 p.m.
The North Carolina Black Repertory Company will present a reading of the "Book of Leonidas," the second play in Augusto’s Latin American dictator trilogy.

Music of the Civil Rights Movement
Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage Center
Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m.
During this lecture and performance, master flutist, jazz historian, and educator, Galen Abdur-Razzaq, will discuss the history of the civil rights movement and music during this period and play selected pieces on his flute. All ages are welcome.

Greater Vision Dance Company
Clemmons Branch
Saturday, Feb. 1 at noon
Greater Vision Dance Company performs a boot dance and discusses the origins of African American traditional step dance.

Before Selma: African Americans and the Vote
Carver School Road Branch
Thursday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m.
Dr. Elwanda Ingram will lead the audience in a discussion of the racial climate before Selma, when African Americans sought the right to vote. Share your memories relating to Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, and your thoughts on how the fight continues.

Panel Discussion on African Americans and Voting
Central Library
Saturday, Feb.15 at 2:30 p.m.
Durin the panel discussion community leaders will discuss the impact of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and the challenges African Americans continue to face with the electoral process. This program is open to everyone 13 years and up.

WSSU Flute Choir Performance
Walkertown Branch
Friday, Feb. 21 at 5 p.m.
The Winston-Salem State University Flute Choir will perform a selection of flute ensemble pieces, highlighting several compositions and arrangements by black musicians. The group is directed by WSSU adjunct professor, Dr. Tika Douthit. This program is for all ages.

African American Author Fair
Central Library
Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2:30 p.m.
African American authors in the Triad will present and discuss their books. A book signing and sale will follow the discussion. This program is open to everyone 13 years and older.

"The House of the Negro Insane"
Central Library
Monday, March 30 at 6 p.m.
The North Carolina Black Repertory Company will present a reading of "The House of the Negro Insane." The year is 1935 and the Taft State Hospital is one of seven psychiatric facilities in the U.S. that was built exclusively to care for "insane and idiotic negroes." The homeless and downtrodden are housed alongside the criminally insane and diseased. Attius builds coffins at Taft Hospital, where he has been locked up for years, but when two new patients ask him to help them escape, Attius dares to dream of a life beyond the hospital walls. This program is open to adults.