Monday, February 22, 2021

Of the People

The Library of Congress announced a new, multiyear initiative to connect more deeply with Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and other minority communities by expanding its collections, using technology to enable storytelling and offering more internship and fellowship opportunities, supported by a $15 million investment from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The new initiative is part of a larger vision at the Library to connect with all Americans by inviting new generations to participate in creating, preserving and sharing the nation’s cultural treasures and building on the Library’s commitment to collect and preserve more underrepresented perspectives and experiences.

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Rosa Parks: In her own words - visit the exhibition online

Visit our current exhibition on Rosa Parks which showcases rarely seen materials that offer an intimate view of Rosa Parks and documents her life and activism—creating a rich opportunity for viewers to discover new dimensions to their understanding of this seminal figure.

Young Rosa Parks: Ideas for Families to Engage with Her Life Story

Expanding Historical Narratives about Rosa Parks Using Primary Sources: Ideas for Teachers

Virtual Student Workshop - Rosa Parks: Freedom Fighter (grades 5-8) Through discussion, questioning strategies, storytelling and more, students learn about the many ways civil rights activist Rosa Parks fought to bring about justice and equality for many Americans. The program draws on the personal papers of Rosa Parks and other multimedia items held at the Library. Workshops are led by a Library facilitator and are available by request here:


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Black History Month Events at the Kluge Center

As part of the Library of Congress commemoration of African American History Month, the Kluge Center will be hosting two events that honor the African American scholars and activists who have contributed so much to American democracy.

Feb. 23 at 1 pm, join us for African American Women and the Suffrage Movement, with Martha S. Jones. Jones will discuss her recent book "Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All"

Event info & free registration:

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Celebrating Black History Month

Library blog posts highlighting African American Stories in honor of Black History Month by Library of Congress.

Blog posts from around the library:

Celebrating Artists’ Portraits at the Library of Congress for African American History Month

The Family Life of Ralph Ellison

Honoring African American Contributions in Medicine: Midwives

Katherine Dunham's Ethnographic Research in the Caribbean

Frederick Douglass Newspapers, 1847-1874: Now Online

Sojourner Truth and the Power of Copyright Registration

The Beauty Entrepreneur: Madam C. J. Walker

Performing Arts Blog Posts


The Hazel Scott Papers:


African American Art Dolls and Puppets for Identity and Healing:

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Celebrate World Statistics Day


October 20, 2020 is #WorldStatisticsDay. Celebrate the impactful stats and innovative data solutions that drive decision-making with the @USCensusBureau. Explore #DataTools on the #WorldStatsDay page: #StatsDay2020 

Every 5 years, #WorldStatisticsDay is celebrated around the world to recognize the value of statistical systems.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Celebrating Constitution Day

September 17 is designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. Learn more about the U.S. Constitution through our public programs, family activities, and online resources.

Please go to National Archive's website for events on celebrating the Constitution Day.

And Fondren Library's Celebrate U.S. Constitution Day, September 17: 2020.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Centennial of the 19th Amendment

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment that granted women the right to vote. GPO produced the amendment. See the historic document on GPO's govinfo: