Community Invited to Join the Celebration on December 27
DECATUR, Ga. – (Dec. 15, 2022) – DeKalb County Public Library (DCPL) will hold an event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the naming of Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library and to celebrate Kwanzaa. The event is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022.
The event will feature reflections on the library’s more than 30 years of service; remembrances about the late Dr. William C. Brown; readings; traditional African dance; musical performances; and a Kwanzaa ceremony. The late Doris K. Wells, who created DCPL’s first Kwanzaa Awareness Festival in 1983, led the library as its first branch manager. The program will highlight her enduring imprint on the library and Wesley Chapel community.
“Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library has been a vibrant and vital resource for many years, and we are excited to come together to celebrate Dr. Brown’s legacy,” said DeKalb County Public Library Director Alison Weissinger. “Not only was Dr. Brown a DeKalb County Commissioner, he served on the DCPL Board of Trustees for 14 years, and was chairman during 12 of those years. During his chairmanship, a $29 million bond referendum was passed, resulting in the building of 12 new libraries and renovation of several more.”
The celebration is part of the Doris K. Wells Heritage Festival, which is held throughout the months of December and January across many of DCPL’s locations.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit the registration page.
About the Doris K. Wells Heritage Festival
The Doris K. Wells Heritage Festival celebrates communities served by DeKalb County Public Library. It was first celebrated in 1983 as the Kwanzaa Awareness Festival at Scott Candler Library, with more than 1,000 people in attendance. The Festival honors the diverse cultural heritages of DeKalb County residents. The late Doris K. Wells blazed a trail as DeKalb County’s first African American professional librarian. Her legacy continues to make a positive impact on DeKalb County’s more than 750,000 residents.