If the blades of grass at City Park could talk, they would tell a story similar to this short documentary: about how Denver's African-American community faced barriers as it pursued better maintained and well-lit tennis courts to play on. You'll hear stories about Tariq "TQ" Abdul-Hamid, the first African-American inducted into the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame, and Walter Wedgeworth, Sr., who helped persuade the staff at City Park to open their courts to diversity in the '40s and '50s. 40mins, Unrated.
Blair-Caldwell will feature a collection of portraits of local tennis pioneers by Pulitzer Prize winning local photographer, Barry Gutierrez. For the love of the game, the portraits showcase individuals who broke barriers, fought battles and experienced victories in an unassuming way. Their achievements include: the first African-American woman tennis umpire in Colorado, the first African-American to win the Colorado Open singles title, and more.
Join newly published authors Maisha I and Dr. Adrienne N. Bryant for a book-signing.
Maisha I shares her life story in her book, Journey to I, encouraging others to never give up and to find the winning strength within themselves. Dr. Bryant honors the creativity of parents with her book, Original African American Names: Undefined. Each author shares the inspirational and empowering feeling when meaning is rendered from one’s name. Stop by and join us for what promises to be an interesting afternoon. Authors will be selling copies of their books.
In celebration of Black History Month, the library will present Freedom Riders, an important documentary about the time period during civil rights era when people came together to stop segregation. Special guest Rev. James Peters, Jr. will lead a powerful and insightful discussion along with showing clips of the film.
The Alzheimer's Association will talk about changes we may experience as we age. Participants will also gain a better understanding of Alzheimer's Disease, how it progresses, and the role genetics plays.