Norfolk Public Library (NPL) was awarded the Outstanding Adult Program Award for its “Slover Library African-American History Month Honors Program” last week. Scott Firestine, Director for Appomattox Regional Library and a judge for the award, said, “I was impressed by the celebration of diversity. The level of planning and the impact of the event was head and shoulders above the rest [of the] applicants.”
African-American History Month at NPL is a celebration of the rich, diverse African-American history of the Hampton Roads community. The program for 2015 was the most robust ever presented, with an unprecedented number and variety of programs for visitors of all ages. A total of 32 programs were scheduled system-wide and total attendance was 2,158.
“The Slover Library African-American History Month Honors Program” supported the 2015 national theme for the month: “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture,” and was subtitled, “In Hampton Roads.” Five distinguished African-Americans who made unique contributions to the black community in the Hampton Roads area were honored: James A. Clark, Jack Holmes, Bonnie McEachin, Reginald Walker, and P.B. Young. Biographical videos with information about each honoree were included to add a heartfelt aspect to the stories of each individual and local artist Linwood Pettaway created beautiful portraits of each honoree which were unveiled at the end of each biographical sketch and given to family members after the program.
For more information about NPL events and multicultural programs, please call (757) 664-7328 or go to www.norfolkpubliclibrary.org.