Forsyth Library closed in observance of MLK Day

Forsyth Library will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr Day. The library will reopen on Tuesday at the regular time of 7:30am.

If you’re interested in finding out more about African-American culture and history, including the civil rights movement and works about Dr. King, we have some great titles in our catalog. Here are just a few examples:

Harlem speaks : a living history of the Harlem Renaissance / edited by Cary D. Wintz.

from Reed Business Information:
“After establishing historical context with essays on the arts, events, locations, and major issues of the Harlem Renaissance, this volume continues with a meaty collection of biographical essays on 21 major figures of the period. Arranged into categories of literature, music, visual and performing arts, and politics, the subjects.”

Medgar Evers – FBI File

In the 1960’s, the FBI routinely maintained surveillance on key civil rights figures. Released under the Freedom of Information Act, this is the file for one of the key figures in the struggle for social and political emancipation, who was assassinated in his driveway in 1963.

for kids:

We Are the Ship – the Story of the Negro Baseball League

from School Library Journal

“A lost piece of American history comes to life in Kadir Nelson’s elegant and eloquent history of the Negro Leagues and its gifted baseball players. The history of the Leagues echoes the social and political struggles of black America during the first half of the 20th century.”

Don’t forget, the Black Student Union, Hispanic American Leadership Organization, Tigers in Service and the offices of Student Affairs and Diversity Affairs at Fort Hays State University are hosting a candlelight celebration with the theme, “Courage to Build a Community of Social Justice” on Monday, Jan 18 at 7pm at the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.

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