The McCracken County Public Library is celebrating Black History Month with a variety of events throughout February:

• Lew Jetton will lead patrons through History of the Blues 101 from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. He'll be taking the audience all the way from the genre's roots on southern plantations to call and response rhythms found in black churches to modern day blues masters.

• The library's Rainbow Book Club will be taking a look at famed black novelist and cultural critic James Baldwin's "Giovanni's Room" at 6 p.m. Feb. 17. Interested participants are invited to check out the book from the library or through Hoopla digitally.

• Evenings Upstairs will feature the Original Fisk Jubilee Singers in an event detailing the members of the performing ensemble and their role in the history of Fisk University and the United States. This will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 20.

• Dr. Alicestyne Turley will lead a presentation on the "Underground Railroad and American Memory" at 7 p.m. Feb. 27. She will be examining the role of McCracken County and western Kentucky in the network of people and places that helped to liberate enslaved black people throughout the South during the Civil War.

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