Hazel M. Johnson, ‘Mother of the Environmental Justice Movement’

October is National Archives Month. Let's look at one archival collection—the People for Community Recovery Archives and the inspiring story of Hazel M. Johnson—in the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Affectionately known as the “mother of the environmental justice movement,”  Hazel Johnson was one of Chicago’s own environmental justice warriors from…
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Celebrate American Archives Month

October is American Archives Month! Have you ever visited one of Chicago Public Library's special collections to see our archives? Researched black history at the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature at Woodson Regional Library? Gotten chills from discovering a historical document in Special Collections at Harold Washington Library Center? Or…
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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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#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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