October Is American Archives Month

October is American Archives Month, celebrating the work of archivists and raising awareness on the value of archives to our community.  An archive is a collection of historical records and/or the physical place such records are located. Archives are important because they provide long-term preservation and access to records of enduring cultural and historical value. […]

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Gwendolyn Brooks: Chicago’s Poet

Although born in Topeka, Kansas, a century ago, on June 7, 1917, Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks will always be remembered as a true Chicagoan. Brooks grew up in Chicago, where she began her writing career at 11, when she mailed a number of her poems to community newspapers. The Chicago Defender published a few of her earliest […]

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#TBT: Charlie Parker’s First Recording

For today's Throwback Thursday, let's remember jazz musician Charlie Parker (1920-1955), who first recorded 75 years ago on April 30, 1941. Charlie Parker was a legendary Grammy-winning jazz alto and tenor saxophonist who, with Dizzy Gillespie, created the musical style called bop or bebop. Celebrate the musical talent of Charlie Parker with these library materials. Archives Charles Walton Papers are an […]

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Brenda Eichelberger: Black Feminist

In celebration of Women's History Month, I'm highlighting the achievements of Brenda Eichelberger and the National Alliance of Black Feminists. Open to “any black woman interested in advancing the cause of black feminism,” the National Alliance of Black Feminists was dedicated to achieving full equality for black women in America. Brenda Eichelberger decided to respond to an […]

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#TBT: It’s a Double Woodson Birthday Celebration!

This month Carter G. Woodson Regional Library celebrates two important birthdays on December 19; let's honor them for this Throwback Thursday. The library marks its 40th year of service to the city, and it's the 140th birth anniversary of the building's namesake, Carter Godwin Woodson. Carter G. Woodson Regional Library opened December 19, 1975, in […]

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#TBT: 70th Anniversary of Ebony Magazine

This month Ebony celebrates its 70th anniversary. The pictorial news magazine was first published in November 1945 by Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company. John H. Johnson created the magazine to share stories of African American life, with the goal of refuting stereotypes and inspiring readers to overcome racial barriers. Today's Throwback Thursday post takes a look at Ebony's […]

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#OBOC: Emmett Till’s Legacy

Thomas Dyja discusses the impact of Emmett Till's murder in chapter 26, "What Kind of World Do World Do We Live In?" of The Third Coast.  Read on to learn more about this momentous event. The murder of Emmett Louis Till 60 years ago, on August 28, 1955, was the spark that ignited the civil rights […]

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Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862. However, it took almost three years before news spread of the proclamation that all American slaves were freed. This historic moment happened on June 19, 1865 when General Gordon Granger arrived in […]

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