MNU is proud to announce the following events to celebrate Black History Month. The public is cordially invited to these free events!

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Feb. 1 – Dr. Carmaletta Williams presentation on Langston Hughes

Mabee Library, Second Floor

7 p.m.

Langston Hughes, acclaimed author, poet and playwright, was a major influence in the Harlem Renaissance. Writing pieces that resonated with everyday Americans, Hughes told the stories of contemporary life in the 1920s through 60s.

Having studied Hughes and other black authors from the time period, Carmaletta Williams, PhD, is a recognized expert on Langston Hughes.

”Williams, recently retired from Johnson County Community College after serving 26 years as a professor of English, has focused her academic interest in part on Hurston, the Missouri-born Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance. Williams has performed a one-woman play, Zora Neale Hurston: Queen of the Harlem Renaissance, throughout the Midwest.”  Kansas City Public Library


Feb. 4 – Showing of the Movie Woodlawn

Bell Cultural Events Center

7 p.m.

A gifted high school football player must learn to boldly embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field in WOODLAWN, a moving and inspirational film based on the true story of how love and unity overcame hate and division in early 1970s Birmingham, Alabama.


Feb. 22 – An Evening with John Brown

Mabee Library, Second Floor

7 p.m.

Hear “directly” from John Brown as he argues that armed insurrection was the only way to abolish the institution of slavery in the United States. Kerry Altenbernd, renowned reenactor will give this convincing portrayal of John Brown.

Light refreshments provided.