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January - March 2014     VOLUME 18 ISSUE 1
 
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Celebrate Black History Month

at the Leesburg Public Library
Sandy Hutchins

The Leesburg Public Library’s celebration of Black History Month features free programs that are sure to entertain and educate both children and adults. “Rocks in My Bed: Duke Ellington and His Music” is a musical appreciation solo performance that celebrates one of the most recognized African American jazz musicians in history. On Saturday, February 8th at 2:00pm, actor and playwright Cedric Liqueur brings Ellington to life. This is not a concert presentation of Ellington’s music, but instead brings to life the person of Mr. Ellington in a personal, one-on-one way, allowing the audience to feel they have had an intimate visit with the extremely talented man and musician. Liqueur’s one-man show was developed in cooperation with Ellington’s family. “Rocks in My Bed” is appropriate for all ages, but was developed in part as a child-centered, music appreciation activity for visually impaired, hearing impaired, special needs, and unimpaired elementary and middle school children.

“Orisirisi African Folklore” will entertain both young and old with a celebration of African heritage that includes music, storytelling, and dance on Saturday, February 15th at 10:00a.m. Orisirisi was created in 1986 with the expressed purpose of sharing both the beauty and poignancy of African life and culture. Orisirisi has captured the imaginations of people the world over with its unique brand of African folkloric performances and education programs. Nigerian-born musician, dancer, and singer Ilenbilu Adetutu and her storyteller husband Don Harrell proudly offer Orisirisi (Yoruba for different, different things) to you.

Both of these programs are free for all ages and brought to you for Black History Month by the Friends of the Leesburg Public Library. For information call 352-728-9790 or e-mail julia.hutchins@leesburgflorida.gov