Events for Black History Month
Last updated 2/15/2022 at 3:07pm | View PDF
Several events around the Fountain area will be held this month in honor of Black History Month.
Feb. 19 - The film "Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise" will be presented at the Fountain Valley YMCA at 12:30 p.m. This film celebrates Angelou by weaving her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, painting hidden moments of her life during some of America's most defining moments. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana to her inaugural speach for President Bill Clinton, the film takes viewers on a journey through the life of this icon.
Feb. 26 - "Olympic Pride, American Prejudice" will be shown in the Fountain Library, 230 S. Main St., from 1-3 p.m. In 1936, 18 African American athletes dubbed the "black auxiliary" by Adolf Hitler defied Nazi Aryan supremacy and Jim Crow racism to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. The world remembers Jesse Owens. But, "Olympic Pride, American Prejudice" shows how all 18 are a seminal precursor to the modern Civil Rights Movement.
These free events are presented by the Rocky Mountain Women's Film, in partnership with Dr. Detra Duncan, Founcil City Council member. Please register at https://rmwfilm.org/event-calendar.
Feb. 27 - Black History Month celebration at the Fountain Valley YMCA at 5 p.m. Featuring guest speaker Dr. Anthony Young, food trucks, and African music and dance. Entry is free.
All month - Security Public Library features the theme "Black Health and Wellness." A "Museum of Health and Wellness" highlights the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. Also included are resources for physical and mental health.Learn more about the "Soul Fire Farm," an an Afro-Indigenous centered community farm committed to uprooting racism and seeding sovereignty in the food system.