Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

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.

Published on Monday, January 23, 2012

My Great Wide Beautiful World Juanita Harrison's As part of the library's Black History month lecture series, Dr. Elsa Barkely Brown, professor of History at the University of Maryland College Park, will discuss her latest book, Clothes, Class and Travel: Rewriting Black Women's Domestic Tradition.  This book details the life and travel experiences of Juanita Harrison.

Transcending Barriers

Published on Sunday, January 22, 2012

In recognition of Women's History Month, the DC Public Library is exhibiting photographs from the Washingtoniana Division, focusing on African American women who influenced the history and culture of Washington D.C.

This exhibit highlights the contributions of African American women in the fields of art, broadcast journalism, education and politics. It features photographs of women, such as noted jazz singer and pianist Shirley Horn, who collaborated with many jazz greats including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Carmen McRae and Wynton Marsalis. Denyce Graves is an American mezzo-soprano opera singer and a 1981 graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. The exhibit also includes photographs of educators and political activists who made their mark in politics and education on a local and national level.

Published on Sunday, January 22, 2012

Marita GoldenThe theme for Black History Month 2012 is African American Women in History and Culture. The DC Public Library is hosting a panel discussion by award-winning novelist and essayist Marita Golden. She will moderate on historical and contemporary black female cultural and media images and mythology and their impact on African-American women, the African-American community and global perceptions of black women.

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