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HPL Presents: A Celebration of Black Voices Festival

HPL Presents: A Celebration of Black Voices Festival

Join us to celebrate Black Voices of Houston! Enjoy food, music, and dancing!Support local booksellers and celebrate the culture, history, and creativity of Black artists and storytellers from our community!


  • 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM - Listen to DJ Caribbeats' mixes of many genres of popular music, including jazz, salsa and rumba
  • 11:00 AM: Poetry by Houston Youth Poet Laureate Avalon Hogans 
  • 11:15 AM: A talk with Don Tate, award-winning author and illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books 
  • 12:00 PM -1 PM: The Houston Poet Laureate presents: 
  • 1:00 PM- 1:45 PM: Take in a performance by actress Jean Donatto on the turbulent civil rights era in the late 1950s Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM: Visit the exhibit "The Underground Railroad and Quilt Codes: A collection of mini quilts" on the Central Library Gallery / Visit sponsor/exhibitor tables / Have lunch on the Plaza! / Dance and listen to DJ Caribbeats 
  • 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM: A presentation on Black Cowboys of Rodeo: Unsung Heroes From Harlem to Hollywood and the American West with Justice Ken Wise moderating a conversation with Black Cowboys, Harold Cash, Myrtis Dightman, Bailey Prairie Kid, and Freddie Gordon
  • 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM: Dance Party - Dance Master Class and performances by Proyeccion Latina and DJ Caribbeats, including AfroBeat, Afro-Cuban Guaguancó and salsa

Other organizations that will be tabling is the Gregory School and the City of Houston Health Department. Foreign Policy Food Truck will also be on hand selling food and drinks.

This event is free and open to the public.

The program is sponsored in part by Young Audiences of Houston and in partnership with Kindred Stories and Brazos Bookstore.

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Saturday, February 19, 2022
11:00am - 4:00pm
Time Zone:
Central Time - US & Canada (change)
Entire Plaza
Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza at the Houston Public Library
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