2007 Library News

Sweet Biscuits Served Up At MLS Libraries

What is ”Sweet Biscuits”?

“Sweet Biscuits” is a presentation in word and song by Oklahoma City 's performance troupe Rhythmically Speaking that tells the story of the creation, development and evolution of black towns in Oklahoma . The program will be presented 13 times at MLS libraries during the month of February.

“Many Oklahomans don't realize,” said Dana Morrow, MLS Director of Outreach Services, “that this state had as many as 50 towns at one time that were founded by and for African-American citizens. Some of them were ex-slaves of the Five Civilized Tribes, known as ‘freedmen,' and some were ‘States Negroes,' ex-slaves from other states.”

Some of them came to Oklahoma by way of the Trail of Tears, and they traveled via horseback, wagon, train, waterways, and by foot. Some found themselves here by choice, others by force, but their strength and determination were clear.

“ Sweet Biscuits” follows an African American ex-slave family from the cotton fields of North Carolina to the red dirt plains of Oklahoma . Who and what did they leave behind? Why did they choose Oklahoma ? What did they bring with them? Was Oklahoma what they expected? What was daily life like for the early African-American settlers? Would they stay in Oklahoma ? If they left Oklahoma , why did they go? What is "happening" with these towns today and how do we remember those towns that no longer exist?

To find out the answers to these questions, you'll have to attend the show!

Here is the “Sweet Biscuits” schedule:

Sunday, February 4, 2:00pm : Midwest City Library, 8143 E. Reno , 732-4828

Monday, February 5, 3:15pm : Luther Library, 310 NE 3 rd , Luther, 277-9967

Tuesday, February 6, 10:00am : Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S. Walker , 631-4468

Tuesday, February 6, 3:30pm : Choctaw Library, 2525 Muzzy St. , 390-8418

Thursday, February 8, 6:30pm : Del City Library, 4509 SE 15 th , 672-1377

Saturday, February 10, 2:00pm : Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard, 341-9282

Sunday, February 11, 2:00pm : Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave. , 231-8650

Monday, February 12, 1:00pm : The Village Library, 10307 N. Pennsylvania , 755-0710

Tuesday, February 13, 10:00am : Ralph Ellison Library, 2000 NE 23 rd , 424-1437

Tuesday, February 13, 6:30pm : Ralph Ellison Library, 2000 NE 23 rd , 424-1437

Thursday, February 15, 1:00pm : Capitol Hill Library, 334 SW 26 th , 634-6308

Saturday, February 17, 2:00pm : Bethany Library, 3510 N. Mueller , 789-8363

Tuesday, February 27, 7:30pm : Warr Acres Library, 5901 NW 63 rd , 721-2616

All performances are free but seating is limited. It is recommended that you arrive at least 15 minutes before each presentation.

“Sweet Biscuits” is co-sponsored by Friends of the Metropolitan Library System and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City . You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.