Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

"Black Wax": Film and Discussion about Gil Scott-Heron

Published on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

photo of Black Wax DVDIn honor of both Jazz and Poetry Appreciation month, the Black Studies Center honors the life and work of poet, musician, social activist and self-proclaimed "bluesologist" Gil Scott-Heron by showing the film, "Black Wax."  WPFW radio host Wayne Tucker, also a personal friend of Heron's, will introduce this film, which was shot in Washington, D.C. in 1982.

After the film, ask questions or share your thoughts and memories of the inimitable Gil Scott-Heron in a discussion led by Tucker. This program takes place in the Black Studies Center, Room 316 of the MLK Jr. Memorial Library at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 23.

We look forward to seeing you!

2012: The Sesquicentennial of D.C. Emancipation

Published on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Please join us Monday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. for a stimulating panel discussion commemorating the 150th anniversary of D.C. Emancipation, featuring Elizabeth Clark-Lewis, Ph.D., Public History Program Director at Howard University and Bartholomew Toe, Senior Doctoral Student, Howard University Public History Program.

This program will be held at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library in the Black Studies Center, located on the third floor, Room 316.

MLK Library in the 5x5 Arts Festival

Published on Monday, March 26, 2012

Image of blimp named Hawk by Isabella StreffenYou may have noticed that a couple of zeppelins have appeared at the corner of 9th and G streets N.W. on the outside of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Published on Tuesday, March 13, 2012

What do you know about D.C. History? Come see young people from throughout the city show off their skills as students from four D.C. high schools compete to demonstrate how much they know about historical and contemporary D.C. elections, D.C. government, and D.C.'s political milestones. The purpose of this competition is to help prepare students for the Primary Election April 3 and the General Election November 6. This will be the first General Election in D.C. in which 17-year-olds can vote for president. This exciting event takes place at Martin Luther King Jr. Library in room A-5 on March 15 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

We Know DC is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia and the Washingtoniana Division of DC Public Library.

"Transformative Leadership: Tracing the Life and Legacy of E.J. Josey"

Published on Monday, March 12, 2012

photo of Renate ChancellorPlease join us in the Black Studies Center for an enlightening lecture on the life of E.J. Josey! Professor Renate Chancellor of the Catholic University of America will share research from her forthcoming book in a talk entitled, "Transformative Leadership: Tracing the Life and Legacy of E.J. Josey." Josey was a pioneering librarian, instrumental in integrating the American Librarian Association and founding its Black Caucus.

"My Journey from a Victim to a Survivor"

Published on Tuesday, February 28, 2012

domestic violence ribbonAuthor, educator and community activist Kristina Gilcrest will discuss approaches to prevent violence against women. This lecture will focus on her research and recent publications that provide guidance for preventing physical, sexual and emotional abuse specifically as it relates to women.

This lecture will take place on Saturday, March 31, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, in the Auditorium-A-5, at 1 p.m.  For more information, please contact 202-727-1261. 

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...

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