Henry Louis Gates Jr. to headline Library Foundation’s ‘Love Our Libraries’ luncheon on Feb. 3

Event to celebrate 10th anniversary of nonprofit

Henry Louis Gates Jr. Photo courtesy of the University of North Carolina

Emmy-winning filmmaker and author Henry Louis Gates Jr. will be the guest speaker during the 10th anniversary celebration of the Library Foundation for Sarasota County, the Foundation has announced.

The Love Our Libraries Author Luncheon has been planned for Feb. 3, 2022, a news release notes. That annual event typically is a sellout, the release adds.

The luncheon, which will be held at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, “will celebrate all the important ways Sarasota’s local library system supports our community,” the release points out.

“As host of the popular PBS series Finding Your Roots, Dr. Gates has helped to expand America’s sense of itself, stimulating a national conversation about identity with humor, wisdom and compassion,” the release adds.

“We are delighted to bring Dr. Gates to Sarasota for our 10th Anniversary Author Luncheon,” said Library Foundation Executive Director Alisa Mitchell in the release.

Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University, the release points out. Gates has been the author or co-author of 25 books, the release says, and he has created 23 documentary films. In his most recent book, The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song, “Gates presents a powerful new history of the Black church in America, taking readers on a 400-year journey where the church has been the Black community’s abiding rock and fortress,” the release notes.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 941-404-3139 or visit the Library Foundation website at www.sarasotalibraryfoundation.org. Tickets start at $150.