Thursday, January 29, 2009

Celebrating Black History Month at Ball State University Libraries

Celebrating Black History Month at University Libraries

The Geospatial Resources & Map Collection will be participating in the Ball State University Libraries’ Black History Month celebration. Using Primary Sources and Maps to Study African American Heritage are informational sessions providing an introduction to the resources from the GRMC, the Archives and Special Collections, and the Digital Media Repository. These sessions are open to the public and are scheduled for February 10 from 12:30 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. and February 18 from 4:00 to 5:00 P.M. Both sessions will be held in Bracken Library Room 210, the Archives and Special Collections.

Researching Black History at Bracken Library are informational sessions providing an introduction to resources from the General Collection, Articles and Databases, and the Music Collection. These sessions will be held on February 11 from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. and February 17 from 3:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. in Bracken Library Room 215.

Documentary screenings will also be a featured event every Monday evening at 7:00 P.M. in the Bracken Library Forum Room (Room 225): Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, Volume 1, will be shown on February 2; African American Lives with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., will be shown on February 9; The Murder of Emmett Till will be shown on February 16; and Prince Among Slaves, featuring Mos Def, will be shown on February 23. All showing are free and open to the public.

The windows of the GRMC will be featuring a special exhibit of maps and atlases depicting people and places of Black history, The Geography of Black History. Archives and Special Collections will be presenting Voices of Freedom throughout African American History in the cases outside Room 210. Digital Resources Celebrating Black History Month: A Look Inside the Digital Media Repository is a digital exhibit featuring local citizens, campus events, publications, and milestones and will be presented on the lobby monitors in Bracken Library.

For more information about these events, please contact the Archives and Special Collections at 765/285-5078.

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