Since 1976, February has been designated Black History Month. A little known fact: the President endorses a different theme that is highlighted each year; for instance in 2012, we celebrated the ways African-American women influenced the United States and its history. This year’s theme is: At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.
2013 also marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s most famous speech, “I Have a Dream” which was delivered on the march to Washington. If you visit the Nola Brantley Memorial Library, we have an African-American books display that contains this moving speech. Additionally on display, are other books that tell about the Civil Rights movement and various famous African-Americans.
One of my favorite books that give a concise retelling of the Civil Rights movement is the book, “A Dream of Freedom: the Civil Rights Movement from 1954-1968,” written by Pulitzer Prize winner, Diane McWhorter. This book also won the 2005 Best Book for Young Adults award. It is well written and contains many compelling pictures that help describe the realization of Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream.
@ Perry Public Library: On February 19th at 6pm, a special guest speaker, Betty Rawls will lead a discussion on the historical role of quilting in the Underground Railroad. In addition to her talk, she will also bring a quilt sample for display.