In honor of Black History Month, the Napa County Library Literacy Center will display books written by African-American authors at the Napa Main Library and American Canyon Branch during February.
Included in the festivities, will be a screening of “The Great Debaters” at the American Canyon Branch on Feb. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and at the Napa Main Library on Feb. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.
To attend the movie, call 707-253-4610 to reserve a seat.
“The Great Debaters” is a drama based on true accounts from professor and union organizer Melvin B. Tolson’s life during his tenure at Wiley College in Texas.
He started a debate team, a first in the 1930’s that broke segregation barriers and allowed college men and women from Negro and white schools to debate each other. In spite of struggles with Jim Crow laws, lynch mobs and arrests, the team became one of the best, garnering an invitation from the nation’s number one team from Harvard University.