(Kansas City, Missouri) - In conjunction with Black History Month, the Library joins the University of Missouri-Kansas City Black Studies Program and the Black Archives of Mid-America in presenting a series of discussions and screenings of six memorable films adapted from books by African American authors.
The book-to-film presentations are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays at two locations - the Kansas City Public Library's Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., and the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Miller Nichols Library, 800 East 51st St. - throughout February. With one exception, each begins with a 6 p.m. reception followed by a brief discussion at 6:30 p.m. and the movie screening.
The February 17 event at the Plaza, featuring Malcolm X, begins with a 5:30 p.m. reception. The program starts at 6.
The full lineup:
• Tuesday, February 3, at the Plaza Branch: Lady Sings the Blues (1972, rated R). Adrienne Walker Hoard, the director of Black Studies and a professor of art at UMKC, leads the discussion.
• Thursday, February 5, at the UMKC Miller Nichols Library, 800 East 51st Street: Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970, rated R). Discussion leader is Delia Cook Gillis, director of the Center for Africana Studies and a professor of history at the University of Central Missouri.
• Tuesday, February 10, at the Plaza Branch: The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973, rated PG). Discussion leader is Suzetta Parks, principal at Parks & Pennington in Kansas City.
• Tuesday, February 17, at the Plaza Branch: Malcolm X (1992, rated PG-13). Discussion leader is Veronica Wilson-Tago, a teaching professor of black studies at UMKC. Note again the earlier, 5:30 p.m. reception and 6 p.m. start of the program.
• Thursday, February 19, at the UMKC Miller Nichols Library, 800 East 51st Street: Devil in a Blue Dress (1995, rated R). Discussion leader is UMKC's Hoard.
• Tuesday, February 24, at the Plaza Branch: Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005, TV). UMKC's Wilson-Tago leads the discussion.
Major funding for the series is provided by the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee.
Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.