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Events for the week of Feb. 13-20

click to enlarge Charleston County Public Library is hosting a wide variety of events associated with reading and Black History Month. - PROVIDED
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  • Charleston County Public Library is hosting a wide variety of events associated with reading and Black History Month.

Edgar Allan Poe Library | Celebrating Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month, participate in a special storytime that spotlights African-American authors who write for children and young adults. The Tues. Feb. 19 event focuses on toddlers with a caregiver, while the Thurs. Feb. 21 event is geared toward families. These events are part of the African-American Read-In.

Tues. Feb. 19 at 10:30 a.m. Free to attend. Edgar Allan Poe Library, 1921 I'On Ave. Sullivan's Island. ccpl.org

Cannon Street Arts Center | A Tribute to Paul Laurence Dunbar

Celebrate Black History Month with Art Forms & Theatre Concepts, Inc., the Lowcountry’s premier African-American led theater company. AFTC presents A Tribute to Paul Laurence Dunbar written and directed by Art Gilliard. The show’s cast includes: Jackie Mickel as Mattie Cochran, Veronica Gaillard as Sarah Pettigrew, Ann Caldwell as Katherine Hemphill, Keith Alston as Rev. Dr. Jasper Luke, and Roy Gilliard as Nathaniel Brown.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. Through Sun. Feb. 24. $20+. Cannon Street Arts Center, 134 Cannon St. Downtown. aftcinc.com

Mt. Pleasant Regional Library | Tracing Your Gullah Geechee Roots

Learn about various genealogy resources for African-American families in the Lowcountry. Director of the Center for Family History at the International African American Museum, Toni Carrier, gives an informative talk on genealogy resources; after the presentation National Park Service Chief of Interpretation Paula Ogden-Muse discusses resources available at Fort Sumter National Monument and the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. Manager of the South Carolina Room at CCPL, Marianne Cawley, will also be on hand to discuss library resources.

Sat. Feb. 16, 1-3 p.m. Free to attend. Mt. Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road. Mt. Pleasant. ccpl.org

Circular Congregational Church | Frederick Douglass ... No Turning Back

Celebrate Black History Month with the Actors Theatre of SC this Sunday with a performance of Frederick Douglass ... No Turning Back. The show takes place in the year 1872 with Douglass himself regaling the audience with tales of some of his wildest experiences — from slavery to statesman. The stories are appropriate for those ages 10 and up.

Sun. Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. $25/general, $20/senior, $15/student. Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St. Downtown

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