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Naperville Library celebrates five African-American women for Black History Month

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In honor of African-American History Month, the Naperville Public Library will host a program showcasing five famous African-American women from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 18 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive.

Through story and song, attendees will learn about Phillis Wheatley, a well-known poet, Sojourner Truth, an abolitionist and women's rights activist, Harriet Tubman, a slave who led slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, Gwendolyn Brooks, a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, as well as Crispus Attucks’ wife, whose story recounts how her husband died during the Boston Massacre.

The program, which is presented by Rose Productions, will showcase actress Cynthia Maddox who will portray the women and transition between characters.

“These women's stories are so inspiring and empowering,” Ed Dzialo, artistic director from Rose Productions, said. “Most of them experienced extreme hardship and trials that we can't even begin to imagine. Still, they were able to overcome and make significant differences, not only in their own lives, but in others' lives as well.”

During the program, which is for all ages, Maddox will sing short songs appropriate to each character, including “Kumbaya,” “Let My People Go” and “Oh, Freedom.” This program is partially funded by the Special Events and Cultural Amenities fund from the City of Naperville. For more information, go to naperville-lib.org.

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