In honor of Black History Month in February, the Columbus Public Library will screen a documentary about Milwaukee civil rights activist Vel Phillips, and the four book clubs will read novels featuring African-American characters.
The Wisconsin Public Television film “Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams” will be shown Monday, Feb. 1, from 7 to 8 p.m. Phillips was Milwaukee’s first African-American alderman, as well as its first female alderman. The documentary tells the story of Phillips’ struggles to build a better community.
The Teen Books to Movies Club, for grades seven through 12, is reading “Sounder” by William H. Armstrong, a classic novel that shows the courage, love and faith that bind an African-American family together despite the racism and inhumanity that they face. Club members will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2, to eat snacks,