GARY | The Gary Public Library's 40th annual African-American History Month program will be at 3 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Genesis Convention Center.
Guest speaker will be author-poet, Sapphire, who wrote The New York Times best seller "Push," which was adapted in 2009 as the film "Precious," produced by Oprah Winfrey and Lee Daniels.
Students in grades 5 through 12 are invited to participate in the essay contest "Pushing Against the Odds." Information is available at all library units. Entries must be received no later than Feb. 10. Prizes will be awarded in three categories.
The program is free and seating is limited; no tickets or reservations are needed. There will be a book signing after the program. For more information, call (219) 886-2484, ext. 305. - By Times Staff