Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library


Jobseeker Legal Clinic

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, 5:30 p.m.

Are you having difficulties getting or keeping a job? Come to one of our Jobseeker Legal Clinics at the DC Public Library. You can meet one-on-one with an attorney from Neighborhood Legal Services Program to find out if you have a barrier to employment that an attorney may be able to help you resolve. You can get information about issues such as criminal record sealing, credit reports, background checks, obtaining driving and professional licenses, resolving child support arrearages, wage theft, and other issues.
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The Dred Scott Decision: Slavery, Succession and Its Aftermath

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

On March 6, 1857, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Dred Scott v. Sandford that Black people--whether enslaved or free--were neither citizens of the United States nor could sue in Federal Courts.  It also held that the Missouri Compromise (1820) was unconstitutional and that Congress lacked authority to prohibit slavery in the territories.

Brown Bag Concert

On the first Thursday of each month, the DC Public Library presents a performance of chamber music. The recital is held at noon in room A-5.  Performers include internationally known, local musicians. For more information, please contact the Information Services Department, 202-727-1291.
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Is The Voting Rights Act of 1965 in Jeopardy?

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

On  June 25, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court in Shelby v Holder struck down Section 4b of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.   Under the preclearance formula, nine states and parts of six with a previous history of discriminatory practices were barred from making changes to their election laws without the  approval of the U.S. Justice Department or a Federal Court.  The High Court ruled Section 4b unconstitutional, because the formula in its view was based on decades-old data.
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Trading Card Meetup

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, 12 p.m.

Can't get enough of Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, or Magic: The Gathering? Prepare to exhibit your trading card prowess at this day-long event. Enjoy swapability at the expense of your opponents and win weekly bragging rights.  Players will meet until 5 p.m. in Gallery A-6, located on the Lower Level. Games are open to adults and teens and tournaments will be held twice a year. So, come one, come all; just come ready.
Opera Unmasked

Opera Unmasked

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, 2 p.m.

Interested in opera but don’t know where to start? Intimidated by unfamiliar languages and confusing plots? Let us demystify the genre with an accessible opera event. Learn about the composers, music, and storytelling that makes opera a moving experience. Each screening will be accompanied by a brief introductory lecture courtesy of the Maryland Opera Studio.October - Rossini's Barber of Seville November - Mozart's Don Giovanni
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Battle Subway Pokémon League

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, 2 p.m.

If you love Pokémon, you won't want to miss this!  Battle Subway is an official league of the Pokémon Company International. Players will meet on Saturdays from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. in Room A-9, located on the Library's lower level. Games are open to Pokémon lovers of all ages and League Leaders will be on hand to moderate.
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Dr. Amina Hassan discusses biography about Civil Rights Attorney Loren Miller

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Please join us in the Black Studies Center for an author talk and discussion with Amina Hassan, Ph.D. as she presents her new book, Loren Miller: Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist. Loren Miller was one of the nation's most prominent civil rights attorneys from the 1940s -1960s, successfully arguing cases before the U.S. Supreme Court with co-counsel, Thurgood Marshall.

Aspiring Writers Circle

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, 6 p.m.

The Aspiring Writers Circle meets on the second Tuesday of every month in the Digital Commons at 6 p.m. A place for peer support and networking for new and emerging writers, the Circle is open to Playwrights and Poets, Bloggers and Freelancers, Children’s authors and Graphic Novelists, Fiction and Nonfiction writers. 

Digital Drop-in

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Got an issue with your smartphone, laptop, or eReader? Stop by and let us troubleshoot. Want to download free books, music, movies and magazines to your device or computer? Come let us walk you through it. Have a question about how your digital device works? Let us help you find the answer!