LAS VEGAS (Jan. 26, 2022) – In celebration of Black History Month, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District is hosting the following live events and programs at its branches in Southern Nevada.
Admission is free to all events listed, however, space may be limited. Please see individual listings for details.
Feb. 4-6, West Las Vegas Library Performing Arts Center
In celebration of Black History Month, join us as Broadway in the H.O.O.D presents The Color Purple.
Feb. 15, West Las Vegas Library
Join us in celebrating African American History and Heritage through tribute honoring African American contributions. This annual inspirational showcase, highlighted through song, dance, poetry and guest speakers, will be followed by a soul food luncheon.
Feb. 17, Sahara West Library
Join us at the Sahara West Library Galleries on Feb. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. as we celebrate the current exhibits: Obsidian and Neon by Erica Vital-Lazare and Greg Scheid, Have a Seat in My Chair by New Vista, and Bold and Beautiful by Lee Lanier. Guests will be able to meet the artists while enjoying art, music and refreshments.
Feb. 18, Summerlin Library
Alyssa Harris tributes one of music’s most iconic leading ladies in Supreme Diva—The Diana Ross tribute show. Get down to some of your favorite hits as she features songs from Diana’s Motown days with the Supremes to her leading film debuts— and of course, the dazzling Disco era. Join the fun as Alyssa pays sparkling homage to this legendary diva. Alyssa Harris is a dynamic vocalist that kicks up feel-good nostalgia with her exciting renditions of Blues, Soul, Motown and Rock ‘n’ Roll classics. From Los Angeles lights to the Las Vegas Strip, from Beale Street in Memphis to international waters, Alyssa Harris dazzles audiences from around the world with her powerhouse vocals and charismatic personality. Tonight she brings the magic of Motown and Disco legend Diana Ross to the Summerlin Library with her show: “Supreme Diva.”
Feb. 18-19, West Las Vegas Library Theatre
The 9th Annual “Kemet In The Desert” Black Weekend Lecture Series is a cultural offering celebrating Black History, as we continue to advance the Legacy of our Founder, Franklyn G. Verley and his vision of producing a Series with Master Teachers of African and Egyptian, history, religion and culture that encompasses strong educational and culturally enriched components to foster pride and inspiration for all ages.
Feb. 25-26, West Las Vegas Library
Enjoy beautiful choreographic works and ballets by African American Choreographers, Bernard H. Gaddis Founder and Artistic Director, of CWDT; Avree Walker, Ulysses Dove and Milton Myers. The company will perform a remount of ”Fraternus” and “Mood Azul” choreographed by Gaddis in collaboration with Avree Walker, “Ebony Concerto” and “Vespers” by Ulysses Dove. Under the artistic direction of Contemporary West Dance Theatre’s founder Bernard H. Gaddis, CWDT company of performance artists represents the elegance, grace, discipline and dignity of dance for all classes, and cultures.
Feb. 26-27, Summerlin Library
Vegas City Opera presents an introspection on the artistry and influence of Dr. Maya Angelou, American poet, memoirist, civil rights activist, dancer and calypso singer. The presentation will be a concert of musical compositions and local poets influenced by her poetry as well as vocal stylings from the 1957 film Calypso Heat Wave where she performed as the sultry “Miss Calypso.” Poetry, song and new compositions will bring to life her influence on the next generation of Nevada artists.
Additional Free Programs for Kids
Feb. 3: Teen Book Club, Windmill Library
Do you enjoy reading Young Adult non-fiction? Join us in honor of Black History Month, as we discuss this month’s book This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell. Stop by the Windmill Reference Desk to pick up a copy. Join us whether you’ve finished the book, you’re halfway through or you haven’t begun at all.
Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27: Storytime Explorers with Mr. Billy, Whitney Library
Celebrate Black History Month with a storytime every Sunday in February featuring books by Black children’s book authors!
Feb. 8: Movement and Music Storytime, Rainbow Library
Join us for a special Movement and Music program highlighting music, songs and stories by African American authors and artists.
Feb. 9: Art Club: Small Hands Change the World Wreath, Windmill Library
Celebrate our rich, diverse community through artistic expression. Come create a personal handprint wreath to inspire our world to work together so every race and nationality can feel seen and heard.
Feb. 10: Bògòlanfini: Mud Cloth Craft for Kids, Enterprise Library
Calling all K-5th grade students! Come to the Enterprise Youth Services Department on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. for Craftopia! It might be messy, but it will definitely be creative and fun! Tickets are handed out at 4 p.m., as space and supplies are limited.
Feb. 12, 26:
African American Stories: Family Storytime, Enterprise Library
Enjoy Family Storytime every 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month as our expert children’s staff reads a wide variety of books, sing fun songs, engage in learning activities and share early literacy tips.
Feb. 17: African American Heritage Month: Interesting Inventors!, Sunrise Library
Let’s learn about African American inventors to celebrate Black History Month!
Feb. 22: Street Art Portraits, West Las Vegas Library
Celebrate Black History Month by making these unique self-portraits!