COLUMBIA — Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway, will hold a lecture on Columbia’s black community at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Staff at the library said Mary-Beth Brown, a former employee of the MU Western Manuscript Collection, will be the guest speaker for the lecture.
According to the library's website, Brown will use photos and documents of people such as Blind Boone and Annie Fisher and locations such as Douglass Park to display how Columbia’s black community was shaped.
The event is a spinoff of the library’s 2011 One Read program.
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot was chosen for One Read this year. Staff said Thursday's lecture is included in the program because the time period that Lacks lived in relates to the evolution of the black community in Columbia.
The event will take place in the library’s Friend’s Room. For more information contact 573-443-3161.