Drummers, choirs and history at library

       Performances by two church choirs and a program on the Civil War era's “Underground Railroad” will be presented in the community room at the Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave Saturday, Feb. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m.
       Earlier that day, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., the Denver-based Kusogea Nobi three-person drum ensemble will play at the library.
       Both are Black History Month programs.
       Kusogea had been scheduled a week earlier, but its performance had to be postponed because of the weather.
       The 1 p.m. event will feature the choirs from the Genesis and Lord's Prayer Room churches, singing chiefly hymns, spirituals and gospel music.
       The presentation by Estelle Koonce, a local historian, is titled “Follow the Drinking Gourd.” This was the term for the Big Dipper when black slaves were trying to escape to the north, because that would help them locate the North Star, Koonce explained.
       She said she wants to emphasize “what a blessing it is to live in the United States, which is so multi-ethnic, and we can get along together.”.
       Connie Black, the library employee who helped organize the programs, expressed similar thoughts. “It's not about one culture, but all cultures living together,” she said.

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