East Side Freedom Library

The East Side Freedom Library is hosting a variety of events this week. Here are a few of them:

On Sunday, Feb. 11 the library will continue the monthly forum series “Neighbors Meet Neighbors: Student Series” at 5 p.m. The series is centered around the stories and experience of recent student immigrants to the East Side communities. The next event in the series will take place on March 20, 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. the St. Paul Public Schools Community Education Program will start its class called “The Labor Movement and the Struggle for Democracy in Minnesota.” The class, facilitated by ESFL’s co-executive director Peter Rachleff, examines how Minnesota workers have organized themselves to secure and expand their positions within our democracy. The class will take place every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m., through March 20. The course costs $53. To register contact Community Education at 651-744-3072 or go to www.commed.spps.org. 

Continuing the Black History Month movie series in partnership with Metropolitan State University, the library will screen “Mother of George” on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. The film examines gender roles in Nigerian culture and also how that divide overlaps in the main character’s adopted home in America. A post-film discussion will be lead by Cherish Sonja Gibson, a poet and essayist who is grounded in her Liberian-American identity. 

On Friday, Feb. 16 , from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Alexis Pauline Gumbs author of “M Archive: After the End of the World” will hold a discussion at the library. Gumbs is the Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts for 2017-18 and 2018-19 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is a practicing poet, artist, educator, and scholar, and the first person to do archival research in the papers of Audre Lorde, June Jordan, and Lucille Clifton, conducted while achieving her Ph. D. in English, Africana Studies, and Women’s Studies at Duke University. Gumbs is also working with Julia Roxanne Wallace and Courtney Reid-Eaton to create a black feminist bookmobile in Durham. They will fill its shelves with a still-growing collection of nearly one thousand books they cultivated over years in order to “honor the fact that black feminist brilliance is a shared, shareable, and renewable community resource, not private property.” She will be joined by writers and artists Crystal M. Moten and Alessandra Williams.

For more information or events, go to eastsidefreedomlibrary.org, send an email to

info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org or call 651-230-3294. The library is located at 1105 Greenbrier St.

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