Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Portage Library to celebrate Black History Month with Film Series

HOUGHTON -- During Black History Month, Americans celebrate the invaluable contributions that the African American community has made to the culture and history of this country. This year, the Portage Lake District Library salutes Black History Month with a unique four-part film series.

Radio personality of WMPL’s "Yearbook: The 1960s" and music historian Anthony Daniel will host "Four Musicians That Changed Pop Music Forever." This Friday night film series spans four decades from the 1940s through the 1970s, and each documentary will be represented by an artist who impacted music on a global scale. All films begin at 6:30 p.m. and the schedule is as follows:

Reet, Petite and Gone will be shown on Feb. 3 and stars Louis Jordan, one of the first Rhythm and Blues singers to be accepted by white audiences in the 1940s.

Hail, Hail Rock and Roll will be shown on Feb. 10 and tells the story of Chuck Berry, an architect of Rock and Roll in the 1950s.

A film about Jimi Hendrix will be shown on Feb. 17. One of rock’s first documentaries, this film tells the life story of Jimi Hendrix and shows how the electric guitar was never the same once he emerged in the 1960s.

Time Will Tell will be shown on Feb. 24. Although it had bubbled for nearly a decade in Jamaica, it was in the 1970s that reggae music exploded around the world, and the man who delivered its message was Bob Marley. Hear him tell about his life in story and song in this documentary.

Anthony Daniel has a lifelong history of studying rock music and the stories behind the songs. His weekly radio show "Yearbook: The 1960s," can be heard on WMPL Radio AM 920 every Saturday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., or it can be streamed on the internet at www.wmpl920.com.

Everyone is invited to attend library programs and presentations are free. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit www.pldl.org.

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