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Celebrate Black History Monthat the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Explore black history, art, music, literature, and other topics at the Library in February.

Historically, African Americans have struggled for adequate and accurate representation in mass media.

Learn how they changed political, cultural, and economic barriers in the newspaper, television and radio industries.

The program African Americans in the Television Anchors Seat takes place 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Main Library.

Local TV anchormen Courtis Fuller, Clyde Gray, and John Lomax share their stories from the news desk.

The program Genealogy and Newspapers takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Main Library.

Learn how to do genealogy research using newspapers. This program is co-sponsored by the Hamilton County Genealogical Society.

The program Cincinnati Black Press and Its Editors takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Main Library.

The Cincinnati Herald celebrates its 60th anniversary by sharing the rich history of black newspapers and talking about the future of the black press.

The discussion will be led by Herald publisher emerita Marjorie Parham, current publisher Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, and historian/author Najiyyah Duncan.

The program WCIN Radio A Cincinnati Icon takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Main Library.

Hitting the airwaves in October 1953, WCIN-AM was the oldest black radio station east of the Mississippi River and it opened the door for other black-formatted stations in the area.

WCIN on-air personality Everett Cork and local historian, author, and former WCIN reporter Gina Ruffin Moore will examine the stations role in the community through the decades.

There are plenty of other programs for all ages at various Library branch locations.

Discuss books, learn about African American art and the Underground Railroad, hear drums, and experience theater and dance.

For a full list of programs at your local Library, check our program calendar.

To learn more about your own familys history, stop by the award-winning Genealogy & Local History Department at the Main Library.

The library owns local African American newspapers and select out-of-town editions. Plus the Genealogy & Local History Department subscribes to several journals that are dedicated to African American genealogy.

Or go online. Research databases include Ancestry.coms Library Edition which offers slave narratives and other resources.

Call 513-369-6905 to learn more.