Trailblazers in Our Midst

The program, Trailblazers In Our Midst, is centered around local African Americans that have contributed to the local area: past, present and future.

This photo is from Episode 1 – The New England Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc

This episode is currently in post-production.

2018 MLK Weekend Library Event

Pictured, left to right: Olivia Byrd, Martha Byrd, Sean Osborne, Cynthia Phillips Kaipu, Terry E. Carter and Leona Martin

January 14, 2018

Yesterday’s MLK at the Library event was a success. Nearly 55 people attended some portion of the program. Many shared their appreciation at the end of each segment.

The spoken-word artists were well-received. Terry E. Carter received rave reviews for his poetry reading and sold a few books. Cynthia Phillips-Kaipu was a hit with her animated reading of the MLK children’s books and book raffle. People also enjoyed the slideshow presentation of Dr. King accompanied by music and a selection of his speeches. Then, there’s the display of Corita Kent artwork on loan from Mary Haskell, which we all appreciated. The evening closed with a lively discussion, moderated by Kaye Long, after viewing the movie, Selma.

Without the efforts, support, and encouragement of the following people, MLK at the Library would not have been possible: Kaye Long, Charlie and Leona Martin, Monica Ndounou, and Sean Osborne. I also want to recognize Koren Stembridge and the Cary Library staff for all their help. And, I thank my daughter, Olivia Byrd, who created the slideshow for the audio/visual presentation of the program and live-streamed images and video of the event to the ABCL Facebook page.

Finally, to all of you who were able to attend the MLK at the Library event in person, thank you for coming. And, to those who were there in spirit, thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and sending us your positive energy.

– Martha Byrd

Community Dialogue On Race

Monday January 15, 2018

Community members share their thoughts on the Monday morning program.


Dan Losen, Director, Center for Civil Rights Remedies, The Civil Rights Project at UCLA and Keynote Speaker, MLK Day Community Conversation on Race

Dr. Monica White Ndounou, Associate Professor of Theater and the 2017-2018 Sony Music Fellow at Dartmouth College and Association of Black Citizens of Lexington (ABCL) Member

Mona Roy, School Committee Liaison and Diamond Middle School Liaison for Lexington Special Education Parent Advisory Council (LexSEPAC)

Sean Osborne, Chair, Lexington Human Rights Committee (LHRC)

Meet us at the Library

Saturday, January 13, 2018

ABCL Library Subcommittee MLK Program, Cary Library, 10 am to 5 pm

  • 10 a.m. to noon:

Storytelling and Spoken Word featuring Cynthia Phillips Kaipu and Terry E. Carter

  • Noon to 2 p.m. :

Poster Exhibit from the collection of Mary Haskell, Esq. with an audio presentation of Dr. King’s speeches and the music of the Civil Rights movement

  • 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. :

Selma (2014) Film Screening and Discussion,

Moderator: Kaye Long

For more information see attached flyer and visit