Several events to recognize Black History Month will be held in Georgetown during the month of February.
Georgetown Public Library
The GPL World Cinema film series at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St,, will feature a screening of “American Symphony” at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 14. This moving documentary follows pop artist and composer Jon Batiste and his partner, author Suleika Jaouad. Once Batiste begins to compose an original symphony, they learn that Suleika’s leukemia diagnosis from her twenties is back. This documentary follows them as they take on treatment, creativity, and love throughout the entire process.
The library will also feature age-appropriate reading lists and displays throughout the library to help celebrate Black History Month. Find more information at library.georgetown.org.
Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association
The Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association will host several events to celebrate Black History Month exploring the theme of African Americans and the Arts.
Feb. 17: A Black History Month Banquet celebrating African Americans and the Arts will be from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Southwestern University’s Red and Charline McCombs Campus Center. A $30 donation per person or $300 for a table are requested. The banquet will feature keynote speaker Corey Greathouse, professor of English at Austin Community College and Huston-Tillotson University, a special presentation recognizing the Georgetown Negro School of Fine Arts, and entertainment by Southwestern students.
Feb. 24: “Black Art in Action” will include a panel discussion featuring African American authors, spoken word, and other special entertainment from 5-6:30 p.m. at Lark and Owl Booksellers, 205 W. Sixth St., Ste. 101. The event will be followed by an open mic session at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
For more information about the GCCMA events, including banquet tickets, visit gccmatx.org.
Martin Luther King Jr. March and Program
The Georgetown Fellowship of Churches is hosting its Martin Luther King Jr. March and Program to honor the Martin Luther King Jr. at noon Monday, Feb. 19, at the Williamson County Courthouse, 710 S. Main St. After meeting on the north side of the Courthouse on Seventh Street, there will be a seven-block march to Macedonia Baptist Church, 206 Martin Luther King Jr. St. The event had been scheduled for MLK Day but had to be rescheduled due to subfreezing temperatures.
A program beginning at noon at Macedonia Baptist Church, 206 Martin Luther King Jr. St., features keynote speaker Georgetown ISD Superintendent Devin Padavil. The march and program are sponsored by the Georgetown Fellowship of Churches and are free and open to the public.