Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Mary McLeod Bethune

Published on Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mary McLeod Bethune imageAshley Robertson, of the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, National Archives for Black Women’s History will discuss Mary McLeod Bethune’s vision and formation of the National Council of Negro Women and it’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.

"Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs"

Published on Tuesday, February 28, 2012

bookjacketDr. Psyche A. Williams-Forson, professor of African-American and Women Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park will discuss her book, Building Houses out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power. Chicken -- both the bird and the food -- has played multiple roles in the lives of African American women from the slavery era to the present.

"Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys from the Girls in America"

Published on Tuesday, February 28, 2012

book jacketOn March 5, Dr., Jo Paoletti, associate professor of American Studies at University of Maryland, College Park, will discuss her latest book Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys from the Girls in America. This lecture is in recognition of Women's History month. Pink and Blue details the history of gender differences in children's clothing.  Paoletti's research  examines the shift in attitudes toward color as a mark of gender in children's clothing.

Published on Sunday, January 29, 2012

Washington's U Street A BiographyJoin renowned author Blair A. Ruble and veteran jazz broadcaster Rusty Hassan for a discussion on Ruble's most recent book, Washington's U Street: A Biography.  A prominent urbanist, jazz aficionado and longtime Washington, D.C. resident, Blair Ruble is director of the Kennan Institute and of the Comparative Urban Studies Programs at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  Rusty Hassan has been described by author and jazz journalist, Willard Jenkins as "...one of the warmest, most knowledgeable interviewers in jazz radio...

Published on Friday, January 27, 2012

Logo for University of District of Columbia Small Jazz EnsembleIn Celebration of Black History Month 2012, the DC Public Library is pleased to announce a concert by The University of the District of Columbia Small Jazz Ensemble on Thursday, February 9,  at 12:30 p.m., at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library.

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Published on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

This past Tuesday morning the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominees for the 84th Academy Awards.  Four of the ten nominees for Best Picture are based on award winning and best-selling books.

Published on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

In Her wordsLiberated Muse Arts, in association with Soul Pixie Productions and the DC Public Library, presents "In Her Words," a performance celebrating the lives of African-American women. Join us for a theatrical musical presentation, "An Artist Speaks," examining the lives of artists Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Zora Neale Hurston and Lucille Clifton--creative women who used their artistic prowess to ignite and support social and political movements. Enjoy music and spoken monologue from the legendary women, culled from transcripts of speeches, autobiographical excerpts and interviews.

Published on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

In recognition of Black History Month 2012, the DC Public Library presents its 23rd Annual Black Film Festival Tuesdays at 3 p.m., at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, in Auditorium A-5. This year, the films highlight the theme for Black History Month, "Black Women in American Culture and History," established by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).

A Discussion of Manning Marable's Biography of Malcolm X

Published on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

photo of Doug E. TaylorPlease join us in the Black Studies Division at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library on February 21, at 6:30 p.m. for a stimulating discussion of the late Manning Marable's final work, Malcolm X, A Life of Reinvention. This discussion of Marable's controversial biography of Malcolm X will be led by Dr. Doug E. Taylor, Assistant Professor of English at Howard University.

Published on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

photo of Ruth FormanOn Monday, February 13, from 6:30-8 p.m., award-winning author Ruth Forman will pull poems that have influenced and inspired her poetic voice from the shelves of MLK's Black Studies Collection and read them aloud in her inimitable spoken word style. She will also share some of her own magical poems. Please join us for this special program in the Black Studies Division of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

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