Above: Library staff working on the More Than a Month program series. From left: Larry Nance, Niki Yeldell, Jose Cruz, and Susan McClelland.

All More Than a Month events are held at the Main Library and are free and open to all. 

January 2017

Art Reception for Michael Bracey: Caras lindas de Colombia: Africans Within the Americas

Sunday, January 8, 3-5 pm. Meet photographer/author Michael Bracey and see photographs of his exploration of South America's Afro-Colombian population. This portfolio is the latest addition to his ongoing project documenting African descendants within North, Central, and South America. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Film Festival

We'll mark the 31st anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and celebrate King's life and the legacy of the modern Civil Rights Movement by viewing these enlightening films in January. 

  • Wednesday, January 4, 6-8:30 pm. Unchained Memories: Readings From the Slave Narratives (2004, 75 min.)
  • Saturday, January 7, 1-2:30 pm. Malcolm X (1992, PG, 202 min.)
  • Wednesday, January 11, 2-4 pm. Selma (2014, PG-13, 128 min.)
  • Saturday, January 14, 1-3:30 pm. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015, NR, 101 min.)
  • Monday, January 16, 2-4 pm. Eyes on the Prize: Ain't Scared of Your Jails (2006, 60 min.) 
  • Wednesday, January 18, 6-8:30 pm. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2016, NR, 120 min.)

JUST ADDED! Black History Workshop with Ronnie Hatcher

Tuesday, January 17, 5-7 pm. Learn and discuss different historical aspects of the African diaspora with Chicago community activist Ronnie Hatcher. This program is designed for tweens, teens and adults who wish to gain more knowledge and explore the histories of African people.  

CTVN Teen Social Justice Filmmakers

Thursday, January 19, 6:30-8:30 pm. Celebrate films developed and created by Chicago teens in classes taught by instructors at CTVN (Community Television Network). Film subjects include documentaries, dramas, poetry, and music and tackle issues of homelessness, teen violence, friendship, and family dynamics.  

Book Discussion: What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day

Saturday, January 21, 2-3 pm. Ava's coming-of-age story follows her as she grows up from Idlewild, Michigan, to Atlanta, Georgia. After more than a decade of elegant pleasures and luxe living she comes home, after testing positive for HIV, to face one dark truth, her family, and the changes in her childhood home of Idlewild.

February 2017

Book Discussion: Toni Morrison, Playing in the Dark

Sunday, February 5, 3-5 pm. Author Toni Morrison has taken readers on journeys steeped in history and the human condition. Whether found on a southern plantation or navigating urban cities during the Harlem renaissance, her characters are dynamic and at the same time often flawed. Please bring along comments and questions about your favorite Morrison novels and join us for a discussion of some of Ms. Morrison's life-changing works, including Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination.

Momma Kemba: "Strong Black Women" Storytelling

Sunday, February 12, 2-3 pm. Momma Kemba travels the U.S. and abroad, keeping the spirit of strong black women in American history alive through dramatic storytelling and song.

Black History Quiz Show

Saturday, February 18, 12-3 pm. Test your knowledge of black history facts, events, and historic sites at this fast-paced quiz show party!