Greenwich Library celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, honors the achievements of black Americans and recognizes the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. To celebrate, Greenwich Library will present a month-long series of film, music and literary events in the Cole Auditorium.

Greenwich Library’s Peterson Concert Series is proud to host author and musician James McBride and his Good Lord Bird Gospel Band, Sunday, Feb. 28 at 3:30 p.m. for an afternoon of words and music in the Cole Auditorium — guaranteed to have you on your feet.

The afternoon will combine selected readings from McBride’s National Book Award winning novel, The Good Lord Bird, with performances of spirituals and jazz renditions of classic gospel songs inspired by abolitionist John Brown, a key figure in the novel. The quintet includes Show Tyme Brooks (drums), Trevor Exter (bass), Keith Robinson (gui­tar), Adam Faulk (piano), James McBride (sax) and the whole band on vocals.

James McBride is an author, musician and screenwriter. His landmark memoir and New York Times bestseller, The Color of Water, is read in schools and universities across the United States. McBride studied compo­sition at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music and received his Masters in Journal­ism from Columbia University at age 22. He is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at NYU. Visit

The Peterson Concert Series is open to all at no charge through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and generous donors. Doors open at 3 p.m. For more informa­tion contact Peterson Music Librarian David War­ing at [email protected] or call (203) 622-7917.

The Friends Friday Film Series will present three films in recognition of Black History Month. On Friday, Feb. 5, the Friends will screen the documentary Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker. To many, the birth of modern jazz is inseparable from Parker. The evening’s second film, Thelonious Monk: American Composer is a portrait of this iconoclastic master, whose uncompromising music was initially derided, but eventually took him to the cover of Time in 1964.

On Friday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m., Selma, a chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, will be shown.

The Library will continue its celebration of Black History Month with a screening of John Coltrane: Live in ’60, ’61 & ’65 on Friday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. “Trane” was one of the most influential jazz musicians to emerge since the 1950’s. This film shows the saxophone titan at his peak during three performances in Europe, just before his untimely death in 1967 at age 40.

The Friday Film Series is made possible by contributions to the Friends of Greenwich Library and admission is open to all at no charge. Showtime is 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:40 p.m. Call (203) 622-7910 for more information.

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