Columbus library to host 'What Does Black History Mean to You: A Discussion'


Erin Busbea

Erin Busbea



Special to The Dispatch



The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System will host "What Does Black History Mean to You?" via Facebook Live at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. It will feature Columbus Mayor Robert Smith, District Attorney Scott Colom, community residents and library staff. This event will end the month-long Black History celebration. It will be pre-recorded and aired live on the library system's Facebook page. It will pose the important question to Smith and Colom, what does black history mean to them, and will be followed by other questions related to their fields of work.


Library staff members will also share their meanings of black history and community residents will perform songs.


"I am very excited to have two influential men in our community stop by the library to have this discussion with me in honor of Black History Month," said Coordinator of Circulation Wil'Lani Turner. "It has been very tedious finding new approaches to reach our community during this



pandemic. I felt this virtual discussion was a good way to get a better look at our leaders, while also keeping touch with our community."


Library Director Erin Busbea said, "Even though we can't have our normal programming, we still wanted to make sure that we were educating our


community and celebrating the month and the phenomenal African-Americans that do not get enough recognition for their contributions to our world and livelihoods."


The objective of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library is to select, organize, preserve and make available materials which will aid the citizens of Lowndes County in their pursuit of education, information, recreation, research and culture.




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