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Monday March 14 7:00 PM -
A Family Thing

“Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones portray long-lost brothers in this compelling and poignant family drama about a white Southerner whose identity is shaken after he learns that his natural mother was black.” -MGM

All films are free and open to the public.

Location: KPL Central

Tuesday March 15 7:00 PM -
Write Your Life: Journaling for youth grades 5-8

Sorry, this event has been CANCELLED

Everybody has a story to tell! This workshop will help you learn how to capture your own stories in a journal. Grades 5 to 8

Registration required. Call 553-7807 to register.

Location: KPL Central

Thursday March 17 7:00 PM -
What Makes Resilient Families?

Co-sponsor: Better Tomorrows
All events free and open to the public.

Location: Davenport University

Monday March 21 7:00 PM -
My Beautiful Laundrette

Asian Briton Omar gains the running of his Uncle Nasser's laundromat, and is helped by his outsider friend Johnny, who is white but not entirely accepted by either white or Asian Londoners.

Discussion following, led by Joseph Reish and James Dexheimer.

All films are free and open to the public.

Location: WMU - Little Theater

Tuesday March 22 7:00 PM -
Swimming Upstream Against the Universe

Stories of Personal Challenges
Co-sponsor: Reading Together Steering Committee

All events free and open to the public.

Location: Portage District Library

Tuesday March 22 7:00 PM -
Blogging

Create an online journal or web log with expert Jane Irwin. Visit stellar examples on the web. Space limited.

Grades 5 to 8

Location: KPL Central

Wednesday March 23 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Slam Institute!

An interactive workshop on Slam Poetry, led by professional performance poet Christopher Bullmer. Learn how to write and perform poetry based on your life.

Grades 7-12

Location: KPL Central

Monday March 28 7:00 PM -
Straddling the Line

Establishing Identity in Biracial and Multiracial Families
Co-sponsor: Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations

All events free and open to the public.

Note: Location moved to Trimpe Hall, WMU, due to construction. Call 387-2141 for details. Parking available in Lot 39 for this event only.
Location: WMU - Trimpe Hall

Tuesday March 29 7:00 PM -
Journal Making

Create a fabulous paper bag and tag journal out of lunch bags. We provide the materials, you add the creativity.

Grades 5 to 8

Location: KPL Central

Wednesday March 30 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Slam Institute!

An interactive workshop on Slam Poetry, led by professional performance poet Christopher Bullmer. Learn how to write and perform poetry based on your life.

Grades 7-12

Location: KPL Central

Wednesday March 30 7:00 PM -
Selections from Ken Burns' "Jazz"

“The history of jazz is deeply intertwined with the history of America. Come relive some of the social and cultural events that would impact jazz music, jazz musicians, and jazz followers from the 1800s to the 1960s.” -PBS

All films are free and open to the public.

Location: Comstock Township Library

Monday April 04 7:00 PM -
Light in the Shadows

Light in the Shadows is a frank conversation about race among ten women who participated in the ground-breaking video The Way Home. These American women of Indigenous, African, Arab, European, Jewish, Asian, Latina and Mixed Race descent, use authentic dialogue to crack open a critical door of consciousness. What lies behind it is a perspective on race that is often unseen/ unnoticed within the dominant culture. With clear language, open hearts and a willingness to engage - even when it gets hard - these women travel over roads that demonstrate why valuable discourse on race is so laden with emotion, distrust and misunderstanding. Light in the Shadow is a springboard for critical self-inquiry and inter-ethnic dialogue. - World-Trust.org


 

Location: Friendship Village

Tuesday April 05 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Wade in the Water

Learn about basic genealogy resources from Local History Librarian Catherine Larson. Uncovering your family's past may help you better understand yourself.

Grades 7-12

Location: KPL Central

Tuesday April 05 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Everybody Has a Story: Family Violence Revealed

Co-sponsor: YWCA of Kalamazoo
All events free and open to the public.

Location: YWCA

Wednesday April 06 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Slam Institute!

An interactive workshop on Slam Poetry, led by professional performance poet Christopher Bullmer. Learn how to write and perform poetry based on your life.

Grades 7-12

Location: KPL Central

Thursday April 07 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Soundtrack of Your Life

Share the songs and lyrics that best define you at this discussion. Learn how music can influence your life.

Grades 7-12

Location: KPL Central

Thursday April 07 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Ken Burns' "Unforgivable Blackness"

“This two-part documentary follows Jack Johnson's journey from his beginnings as the son of former slaves, to his entry into the brutal world of professional boxing. Despite the odds, Johnson was able to batter his way up through the ranks, and in 1908 he became the first African-American to earn the title Heavyweight Champion of the World.” -PBS

(Shown in two two-hour segments)

Location: YWCA

Thursday April 07 7:00 PM -
Family Storytime

“Families Just Like Mine” explores how families are alike and how they differ. Stories, activities, and a craft. Call 553-7804 to register for this family program.

Preschoolers

Location: KPL Central

Monday April 11 7:00 PM -
Creating a Family History

Capturing, Preserving, and Compiling Memories
Co-sponsor: Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society

All events free and open to the public.

Location: KPL Central

Wednesday April 13 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Teen Poetry Slam

Hear teens compete with poems based on their lives and inspired by James McBride's The Color of Water.

Grades 7-12

Location: KPL Central

Wednesday April 13 7:30 PM -
The Power of Love

Reflections by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela (author of A Human Being Died That Night: A South African Woman Confronts the Legacy of Apartheid) Co-sponsor: Fetzer Institute

All events free and open to the public.

Location: Kalamazoo Civic Theater

Thursday April 14 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Ken Burns' "Unforgivable Blackness"

“This two-part documentary follows Jack Johnson's journey from his beginnings as the son of former slaves, to his entry into the brutal world of professional boxing. Despite the odds, Johnson was able to batter his way up through the ranks, and in 1908 he became the first African-American to earn the title Heavyweight Champion of the World.” -PBS

(Shown in two two-hour segments)

Location: YWCA

Thursday April 14 7:00 PM -
Religious Identity:

Passing Down Faith through the Generations
Co-sponsor: ISAAC (Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Action in the Community) This panel of local religious leaders will explore how religious faith and traditions are passed from one generation to the next.  Discussion will spring from James McBride’s descriptions of his mother’s religious background and his own beliefs and traditions.  How did his mother, raised as an Orthodox Jew, raise James to be a believing, practicing Christian?

MODERATOR:  Linda MacDonald, pastor, North Presbyterian Church, and past president of ISAAC

All events free and open to the public.

Location: Galilee Baptist Church


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