Lecture

CR Gibbs DC Emancipation 2016

Before Emancipation: Slavery and Freedom in the District of Columbia, 1790-1862

In honor of D.C. Emancipation Day, noted, local, award-winning international lecturer, author and historian of the African Diaspora, C.R. Gibbs will present a lecture  entitled,  DC Emancipation entitled, “Before Emancipation: Slavery and Freedom in the District of Columbia, 1790-1862. The program will be held on Wednesday, April 15, at  7 p.m.
"Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, DC"

Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, D.C.

Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, D.C. Author Mike Canning surveys how American cinema has treated both Washington, DC and its politics that offers intriguing insights into its history and lore. Peabody Room Author Talk (3rd floor)  
Poetry ReadingBarrett Warner - PoetDon Illich - Poet

Poetry Reading

We continue to celebrate Nation Poetry Month with two readings from well-known local poets, Barrett Warner and Donald Illich on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm.
Photo of book jacket for "Visas that Rocked the World"

Visas that Rocked the World: An Evening with Author J. Michael Springmann

Author J. Michael Springmann will discuss his book and its exploration of conflict in Afghanistan, intelligence, and jihadist terrorism. Springmann is a retired U.S. Diplomat who has extensive knowledge of the Middle East. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.   
John W. Franklin

Telling Our Story to the World

On April 16, 1862, President Lincoln signed the DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862.  The Law freed 3,100 slaves and reimbursed slaveholders. It also set the stage for festive rejoicing, as former bondsmen and their descendants celebrated Emancipation Day in the nation's capital through parades and other commemorative events since 1862.
picture from DC emancipation reenactment

An Evening of Poetry and Discussion

On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862.  The Law freed over 3,000 slaves and reimbursed slaveholders.  It also set the stage for festive rejoicing, as former bondsmen and their descendants celebrated Emancipation Day in the nation's capital through parades and other commemorative events since 1862.  
Women's History Month African American Women

African American Women in the Niagara Movement

Please join us as former Assistant Provost for International Programs at Howard University Dr. Anita Nahal discusses African American Women and the Niagara Movement in the Black Studies Center (3rd floor room 316) at the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Library.   
Mayor 4 Life Painting

In The Artist's Words

The Anacostia Neighborhood Library, in association with East City Art magazine, are happy to present “In The Artist’s Words”, the second of a two-program discussion series featuring local artists. This event features local artist Jay Coleman. He will be talking about his artistic vision, particularly about his mural "Mayor 4 Life", depicting the late Marion Barry. This program will be free and open to the public, and we hope to see you there!
Border Patrol

District of Change: Immigrants Wanted?

We are a city as well as a country built on immigrants. From the earliest English settlers to the Irish in Swampoodle, from Latin Americans in Adams Morgan, Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights to Ethiopians in Shaw, Logan Circle and Petworth, Washington DC has been enriched by its immigrant citizens. Immigrants have built successful businesses, influenced music and culture, and broadened our educational environment.  At the same time, however, waves of immigrants have challenged government, business and educational institutions to adapt to their needs.
First edition (1962) "Silent Spring" next to U.S. postage stamp honoring Rachel Carson issued in 1981.

Rachel Carson: Bringer of Silent Spring

Peabody Room History Talk (3rd floor) Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist to usnews.com, discusses how Rachel Carson authored a brilliant polemic in 1962 that launched a major social movement, but she knew her time was short.

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