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Black History Month

Norman’s public libraries present two of their most popular events of the season in commemoration of Black History Month during February.

The 14th edition of the African American Read-In will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, at Norman Public Library West, 300 Norman Center Court. The event explores the rich history of literature written by African Americans and this year also will touch on the musical history of African Americans, led by the words and music of Adam and Kizzie, the Oklahoma City-based musical duo that returns to the event as featured performers. All ages are welcome to attend, and registration in advance is not required.

The Read-In also is the first chance to pick up complimentary tickets for Norman Public Library Central’s highlight event of Black History Month, the 13th annual Crowns Tea. There will be two identical seatings for the Crowns Tea, at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, in the Lowry Room at Norman Central, 225 N. Webster Ave.

The tea is a celebration of the Black cultural tradition of the Church Hat. The event is based on the book, Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry, a collection of black-and-white portraits and essays of women in their hats. The tea is open to ladies of all ages, races and backgrounds, and wearing of hats is encouraged. Entertainment will be provided by Erica Thomas and the Praise Team from Quayle United Methodist Church and catering will be by Legends.

Any free tickets that remain after the Read-In will be available during library hours on a first-come basis at the Information Desks at Norman Central and Norman West.

The African American Read In and Crowns Tea are made possible thanks to a grant from the Norman Arts Council as well as the support of the Friends of the Norman Library.

Find out more about the presentations, or any of the programs and services available through the Pioneer Library System, by going online to or via the Pioneer Library System Connect App, available for free download from the App Store for iPhone or Google Play for Android.