Library hosts event to teach history of hip-hop for Black History Month

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As part of Black History Month, the Columbus Metropolitan Library hosted a special event all about hip-hop music on Saturday morning.

Hip-Hop At 50 invited families to the library’s main branch in downtown Columbus, and attendees got to learn about the history of the genre and have some hands-on fun, too.

Attendees got to try their hand at DJ-ing, wrote their own raps and even did some break dancing.

Organizers told ABC 6 they hope people find hope and healing in hip-hop music, and discussed the importance of learning about roots of black history.

Black history is American history,” Oleatha Waugh with Franklin County Children Services told ABC 6. “Because when we look at the infrastructure, when we look at the architecture, when we look at the history of an invention, we know that the traffic light, the washing machine, and the first heart transplant were done by people of African ancestry. And we could go on.”

Waugh hopes people left the event with a drive to push for equity in the community.

This is one of several events planned by CML throughout Black History Month.

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