Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

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.

Published on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

book jacket to Prove it on meDr. Erin Chapman will discuss her first book manuscript, Prove It on Me: New Negroes, Sex, and Popular Culture in the 1920s.  The book is a history of the cultural investment in African-American women’s images and bodies that pervaded U.S. society in the midst of transformations in race politics, sexual mores and popular culture that defined the New Negro era of the early 20th century.

Food Trucks Take Over DC

Published on Thursday, January 12, 2012

Something really exciting has been happening in DC over the last couple of years.  There’s an explosion of food trucks in the downtown area.  DC is in the process of changing its laws making it easier for these small businesses to operate throughout the city. Say goodbye to a half-smoke hot dog being your only street food option.  On any given weekday a quick walk by the intersection of G and 12th Streets, NW you’ll encounter at least six food trucks offering choices ranging from Indian, Ethiopian, lobster rolls, pizza, kebabs, crab cakes, Korean tacos and barbeque to just name but a few.

Published on Friday, December 30, 2011

Book Author Mikki Taylor gives readers an insightful guide to First Lady Michelle Obama’s signature style. Taylor also offers tips on how to possess and manage your style like a first lady. From stunning photographs to inspiring ideas, Commander in Chic taps into just about everything you need to know to possess great style.    

Circulating Copies Are Also Available for Check-Out

Published on Monday, December 12, 2011


First-Time Author Wins National Book Award for Y.A. Lit

Published on Thursday, November 17, 2011

Inside Out and Back AgainDebut author Thannha Lai is this year's winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Inside Out and Back Again tells the story of a 10-year-old named Hà who flees Vietnam with her mother and three older brothers during the fall of Saigon. The beautiful narrative poetry provides a stark contrast to the harsh life that Hà experiences as a refugee amid wartime struggles.

The field of children's literature has seen an explosion in narrative stories told in verse. Here are a few recommended titles for you to read:

Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate