BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — 23ABC’s Rosaura Simone sat down with Chief Librarian Rafael Moreno to talk about Kern County’s first Black History Month Film Festival.
When you go to the library, you usually get lost in the wonderful world of books, but if you could also attend a film festival. It is now a reality here in Kern County.
“We are starting to promote famous people and famous events that have happened throughout black history,” said Rafael Moreno, librarian at the Southwest Branch Library.
Moreno said a colleague of his noticed that his library was not using its platform to tell black stories. That’s why he says it was important to create this film festival.
“We have a large black community that comes to this library, and we found it important to show them that we see them.”
Moreno said many of the movies showing at Southwest are suitable for teens and adults, but they also have fun activities for kids as part of Black History Month.
“We also have coloring pages for children. We’ve also made hours of stories that highlight some of the famous people in black history.
Moreno said he doesn’t want this month to be forgotten.
“To be honest, I think everyone sort of goes on with their lives throughout the year and being Black History Month, we have to take advantage of the fact that it’s History Month. of black people and promote it as much as possible.”
Library colleague Danielle Meadows said that although attendance has been low, she is trying to stop and go see a movie.
“As a black woman, it’s not the fact that ‘oh, I’m celebrating being black in a month’, I’m celebrating being black every day, but it gives me the opportunity to tell others about it.”
Meadows said during this month that she invites everyone to ask questions about black history and the library is the perfect place to start.
“It gives me the opportunity to educate others about my culture, my history, where I’m from and how I fit in here in America.”