Black History Month


Is It a Challenge Today to Discuss Race in America, Publicly?

On May 21, 2014, in a Senate Commerce Committee hearing, retiring Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) observed that opposition to President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act might be due to the the President being " . . . the wrong color."  
jef osen

Is The Voting Rights Act of 1965 in Jeopardy?

On  June 25, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court in Shelby v Holder struck down Section 4b of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.   Under the preclearance formula, nine states and parts of six with a previous history of discriminatory practices were barred from making changes to their election laws without the  approval of the U.S. Justice Department or a Federal Court.  The High Court ruled Section 4b unconstitutional, because the formula in its view was based on decades-old data.
christopher bracey

The Dred Scott Decision: Slavery, Succession and Its Aftermath

On March 6, 1857, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Dred Scott v. Sandford that Black people--whether enslaved or free--were neither citizens of the United States nor could sue in Federal Courts.  It also held that the Missouri Compromise (1820) was unconstitutional and that Congress lacked authority to prohibit slavery in the territories.
Amina Hassan

Dr. Amina Hassan discusses biography about Civil Rights Attorney Loren Miller

Please join us in the Black Studies Center for an author talk and discussion with Amina Hassan, Ph.D. as she presents her new book, Loren Miller: Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist. Loren Miller was one of the nation's most prominent civil rights attorneys from the 1940s -1960s, successfully arguing cases before the U.S. Supreme Court with co-counsel, Thurgood Marshall.
Black Explorers

Black Explorers: 2300 BC To the Present

Noted author, lecturer, and historian C. R. Gibbs will lecture on Black explorers. Join us for this engaging and educational lecture and presentation.
African American Inventions

Black Inventions Party

Come in any day in the month of February, randomly choose an invention by an African American from our inventions bowl, and bring that invention or a photo of that invention to our Black Inventions party. This is a fantastic learning project for the entire family. Inventions will be on display during library hours beginning on Saturday, February 27 through Sunday February 28, 2015.
john henrik clarke

John Henrik Clarke: High Priest of Black History

Noted author, lecturer, and historian C. R. Gibbs will lecture on noted Pan-Africanist writer, historian, and professor Dr. John Henrik Clarke (born John Henry Clark) January 1,1915 to July 12,1998. Dr. Clarke was a pioneer in the creation of Africana studies and professional institutions in academia starting in the late 1960s. He was a founding member of the Black Academy of Arts and Sciences and recognized internationally as an authority on African and Afro-American history and culture.

Abstract Art Project

Inspired by the African-American contemporary artist, Jacob Lawrence, children will be able to make their own art of bright patterns and shapes with recycled construction paper and other material. Children can display their art at Rosedale for the rest of the month, or take their art home. Appropriate for ages 6-12.
Black history month

Black History Quilt Project

Children can draw a picture about a famous African American like Harriet Tubman or George Washington Carver. Together the pictures will form a quilt that will be on display for the entire month of February. For ages 4 and up. 
Citizen KING

Citizen KING: Film & Discussion with the William O. Lockridge/ Bellevue Library

Unite with the William O. Lockridge/ Bellevue Library as we celebrate the incredible history of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.