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Black Power! | The New York Public Library

Black Power! | The New York Public Library | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
The Black Power movement turns fifty this year. Two new digital exhibitions explore the multiform and ideologically diverse movement that deeply shaped black consciousness and identity and left an immense legacy that continues to inform the contemporary American landscape.
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Summer Reading Lists by @librariesval on Flipboard

Summer Reading Lists by @librariesval on Flipboard | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
Lists of books to read over the summer... or any time, really

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Tweet from @RootsSeries

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Join the #ROOTS conversation with @Luvvie tomorrow!

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Reading for Roots | HISTORY

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To celebrate the reimagining of ROOTS, HISTORY is partnering with FamilySearch International and the Freedmen’s Bureau Project, to help African-American families reconnect with their ancestors by transcribing thousands of digitized historical records.

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LGBT authors at Printers Row Lit Fest - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times

LGBT authors at Printers Row Lit Fest - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
The Printers Row Lit Fest, now entering its 32nd year, is the Midwest's largest literary event. Hundreds of authors and booksellers appear over the two-day street festival on Saturday-Sunday, June 11-12.

The festival takes place on Dearborn Street, from Balbo Avenue to Congress Parkway, with additional programming at the Harold Washington Library Center and Jones College Prep High School. The festival is free and open to the public, as is the majority of programming.

The following LGBT authors are featured at Printers Row Lit Fest 2016:

—Ana Castillo will be featured in conversation with Chicago Tribune columnist and reporter Dahleen Glanton at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Grace Place auditorium. Castillo is one of the most powerful voices in contemporary Latina/o literature. Her newest book, Black Dove, is a memoir.

—Charlie Jane Anders will be a featured speaker on the Fantastic Visions panel at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at the Center Stage. Co-panelists include Daniel Sinker ( head of Mozilla's Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Project, Punk Planet founder and the man behind the satirical @MayorEmanuel Twitter account ) and author Kameron Hurley ( The Geek Feminist Revolution ). Anders is the author of the best-selling novel All the Birds in the Sky and editor-in-chief of io9.com . She has won a Lambda Literary Award and a Hugo Award.

—Garrard Conley will be a featured speaker on the Life stories panel at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, June 12, in the Shedd Room at the Blake Hotel. The moderator is Tony Romano and co-panelists include children's author and 2016 Sendak Fellow Elisha Cooper and memoirist Zoe Zolbrod. Conley is the author of a memoir, Boy Erased, and he has been a Bread Loaf Writers' Conference scholar and an Elizabeth Kostova Foundation fellow. He teaches English literature at the American College of Sofia and promotes LGBTQ equality in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Headlining novelists include Goosebumps creator R.L. Stine, who recently won the Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Prize; Pulitzer Prize-winner Marilynne Robinson; and New York Times best-selling author Terry McMillan.

Graphic-novel fans, historians and movie buffs will come together to see Tony- and Oscar-nominated actor Ethan Hawke. He will appear with illustrator Greg Ruth to discuss their recent graphic novel, INDEH: A Story of the Apache Wars. While best known for his roles in Dead Poets Society, Boyhood and Training Day, Hawke has also penned several novels and screenplays.

Foodies will have the opportunity to view cooking demos by several renowned and celebrity chefs on the Good Eating stage, including Ruth Reichl, Rick Bayless and Meathead Goldwyn.

News junkies will enjoy presentations from several journalists and nonfiction authors, including Sebastian Junger, Steve Inskeep and Kim Barker.

See printersrowlitfest.org/participant/1731.html.
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LGBT veterans, band visible in Chicago's Memorial Day observance - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times

LGBT veterans, band visible in Chicago's Memorial Day observance - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it

Memorial Day Parade with AVER (2016). Photo by Carrie Maxwell


The City of Chicago held its annual Memorial Day parade May 28 along State Street in the Loop.

Among the numerous contingents in the parade were the Chicago chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights ( AVER ) and the Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band.

AVER has participated in the parade for the past 15 years. The organization carried the U.S., rainbow and POW/MIA flags as well as the flags of each branch of the armed services. Behind AVER's contingent, Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band played a medley of songs along the parade route.

As AVER passed the reviewing stand, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other dignitaries saluted them while the announcer made note of AVER's status as an LGBT veterans organization.

"On this Memorial Day weekend, we're thankful that we're able to remember our fallen comrades," said Jim Darby, AVER Chicago president. "We're also grateful as LGBT veterans that our comrades can finally be remembered for their service and sacrifice to this country, including at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois, where we laid a wreath and acknowledged our fellow LGBT servicemembers at the first anniversary of the dedication of the only LGBT Veterans Memorial in the VA Cemetery System."

The parade marked one of several activities AVER participated in over the weekend, including providing the Color Guard for the opening ceremony of International Mr. Leather and the 23rd annual Remembrance Ceremony for murdered gay sailor Allen Schindler at the gravesite in Steger, IL.

On Monday, May 30, AVER will charter a bus to Abraham Lincoln National VA Cemetery to hold the first anniversary celebration to the monument to LGBT Veterans. This Monument was dedicated last year on Memorial Day. The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. The bus will leave from the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted at noon. All are invited to participate. Call Bernie Santarsiero at 312-320-1445 or email at bds@uic.edu .

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Chicago Welcoming Churches network hosts Pride Worship June 11 - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times

Chicago Welcoming Churches network hosts Pride Worship June 11 - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
The Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches ( CCWC ) will sponsor "Sharing Light, Sharing Faith in Divided Times" at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 3309 N. Seminary, Chicago June 11, 2016 at 4 p.m. Its Annual Ecumenical Pride Worship Service will feature Rev. Dr. Dawnn Pirani Brumfield as preacher.

"We're thrilled to welcome Dr. Brumfield's passion and power to the pulpit," said Rev. Jacki Belile of CCWC. "Her life ministry is committed to educating church leadership on how to make the church accessible to ALL people regardless of race, gender, class or culture, sexual orientation, family design and physical, emotional or mental conditions."

Brumfield is a member of the Lighthouse Church of Chicago where she serves on its leadership team and oversees the areas of spiritual formation and congregational care.

The Coalition is a growing organization of nearly 80 churches and organizations committed to LGBTQ-positive programming.
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Middle Eastern Writers Find Refuge in the Dystopian Novel

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Basma Abdel Aziz in Brooklyn. Her novel “The Queue” represents a new wave of dystopian and surrealist fiction from Middle Eastern writers. Credit Richard Perry/The New York Times


A new wave of bleak, post-revolutionary fiction is emerging from writers grappling with the chaotic aftermath and stinging disappointments of the Arab Spring.

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The Breakout Season and the Evolution of Diversity on the Great “White” Way | Playbill

The Breakout Season and the Evolution of Diversity on the Great “White” Way | Playbill | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
A dozen actors and creatives—including Kenny Leon, Alex Lacamoire, Audra McDonald, Sophie Okonedo, Ruthie Ann Miles and more—weigh in on the season that challenged the status quo and raised new questions on Broadway’s “new normal.”
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Unidentified Suburban Object: Middle Grade Giveaway

Unidentified Suburban Object: Middle Grade Giveaway | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
THE GIVEAWAY
The Nitty Gritty
1) Who Can Enter? Librarians, educators & community organizers serving grades 05-09.
2) How Can the Winning Books Be Used? We prefer that your winning book is available for school or public circulation and is not used not as a personal read or gift.
3) Will You Sell My Name or Info? Nope. Never. That would be evil.
4) How Will I Know If I Won? Winners will be announced by their institution name, city & state on 6/6/16 here.
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After the rediscovery of a 19th-century novel, our view of black female writers is transformed

After the rediscovery of a 19th-century novel, our view of black female writers is transformed | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
Two years ago, I was in the United Kingdom working on a follow-up project for my books “Black London” and “Black Victorians/Black Victoriana.” While looking through old British newspapers, I was astonished to read an 1893 announcement in The Daily Telegraph proclaiming Sarah E. Farro to be “the first negro novelist” with the publication of her novel “True Love.”

I wondered: who was this woman? And why didn’t we know about this reportedly groundbreaking novel?

The Daily Telegraph didn’t get it exactly right: we know now that Farro wasn’t the first African-American novelist. Nonetheless, she appears nowhere in the canon of African-American literature.

After doing more research, I soon realized that Farro had made her mark writing about white people – and that this may also be the reason her work was forgotten. Learning of a black woman whose race was documented, whose novel was published – but who disappeared in the historical record – can change how we think about African-American literature.
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Windy City Times publishes LGBT Visitor's Guide to Chicago and Illinois - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times

Windy City Times publishes LGBT Visitor's Guide to Chicago and Illinois - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
Visitors to Chicago have a new guide to help navigate LGBTQ and mainstream events and places to see: The OUT! Guide: Chicago's LGBTQ Visitor's Guide is now available.

The 124-page guide, published by Windy City Times, includes a section on things to do outside of the city, from the Shawnee National Forest to Starved Rock State Park and Springfield. The rest of the guide focuses on Chicago and its suburbs, with hundreds of attractions, museums, art galleries, architectural locations, theaters, dance companies, restaurants, music venues, LGBT clubs and parties, sports leagues, bookstores, events and more listed. There's also a quick reference to travel and accommodations, and a guide to the city's many neighborhoods.

While a lot of the LGBTQ community is concentrated on the city's North Side, especially in Boystown, Lakeview and Andersonville, the guide is careful to provide things to do across the city and suburbs, from Pullman, Little Village, Bridgeport and Hyde Park to Humboldt Park, Oak Park and Evanston. And the traditional downtown tourist attractions are also included, such as Millennium Park, the Art Institute and Navy Pier.

The guide will be distributed throughout Illinois and in neighboring states, and is available as a free download on the Windy City Times website.

View the low-res version at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/outchicagolgbtqvisitorguide_low.pdf .

View the high-res version at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/outchicagolgbtqvisitorguide_hi.pdf .

U.S. visitors can also request a free copy to be mailed to them, on a limited basis, by emailing editor@windycitymediagroup.com with the full name and mailing address for the copy to be mailed.

Windy City Times is a weekly LGBTQ newspaper founded in 1985. See www.windycitymediagroup.com .
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The Immortal Myths About Online Abuse — Humane Tech — Medium

The Immortal Myths About Online Abuse - Humane Tech - Medium
After building online communities for two decades, we’ve learned how to fight abuse. It’s a solvable problem. We just have to stop repeating the same myths as excuses not to fix things.

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How We Raised $27,000 on Kickstarter for a Film About Black Teen Identity, First Love and Islam | Filmmaker Magazine

How We Raised $27,000 on Kickstarter for a Film About Black Teen Identity, First Love and Islam | Filmmaker Magazine | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
My name is Nijla Mu’min and I’m an award-winning writer/filmmaker from the East Bay Area. In March, I launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $25,000 for my first feature film, Jinn. Jinn is a coming-of-age drama about a teenage black girl named Summer whose life is turned upside down when her mother abruptly converts to Islam and becomes a different person, prompting Summer to reevaluate her life and identity. It’s a fun, fresh exploration of millennial culture, Islam, and first love. Since the campaign ended, fellow independent filmmakers and colleagues have reached out to me for insight on how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign. While the advice listed below is specific to my experience, it can apply to any filmmaker trying to engage with supporters and reach their funding goal. A crowdfunding campaign is hard, fun, and might seem impossible, but these tips can make the ride a little smoother. I hope.
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This Week in Fiction: Discovering an Unpublished Story by Langston Hughes - The New Yorker

This Week in Fiction: Discovering an Unpublished Story by Langston Hughes - The New Yorker | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
Arnold Rampersad discusses “Seven People Dancing,” a previously unpublished short story by Langston Hughes.
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Discover Your Roots Using the Freedmen's Bureau Records -

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http://www.discoverfreedmen.org/ Genealogists, researchers, archivists, authors, bloggers, educators, and faith leaders discuss the Freedmen's Bureau and the need for volunteers to make the records of nearly 4 million emancipated African Americans freely searchable online. http://www.discoverfreedmen.org

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Esperanza Spalding Scores & Stars in Ray-Ban Film 'Gaze' - Saint Heron

Esperanza Spalding Scores & Stars in Ray-Ban Film 'Gaze' - Saint Heron | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
Following behind last year's short entitled Color Guard, scored by Kamasi Washington, Ray-Ban is back with their film series with the newly released Gaze.
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Deaf West Theatre's Spring Awakening Tony Performance

Deaf West Theatre is raising funds for Deaf West Theatre's Spring Awakening Tony Performance on Kickstarter!

The cast of Spring Awakening has a chance to perform on the Tonys, but we need your help! Help show the world this beautiful show.
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New African Superhero Comic Book Stories! - Black Girl Nerds

New African Superhero Comic Book Stories! - Black Girl Nerds | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
Uhuru-Legend of the windriders will be released in English and French this quarter.
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Testimony on Chicago transgender measure set for June 8
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Testimony on Chicago transgender measure set for June 8<br/> - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
The City Council's Committee on Human Relations on Wed., June 8 will hear testimony on a proposed amendment to the city's Human Rights ordinance that prohibits public accommodations—such as hotels, restaurants or grocery stores—from requiring that patrons show a government ID to prove their gender identity in order to access facilities such as restrooms or changing facilities.

The measure was introduced in the May 18 City Council meeting. The June 8 meeting takes place in the City Council chambers at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., second floor, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
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‘The Lynching’ examines the trial that sacked the Klan

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Posted: 12:00 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2016

In 1981, MTV made its debut on cable television. IBM introduced the personal computer. The space shuttle Columbia launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

In the same year in Mobile, Ala., a 19-year-old man named Michael Donald, the seventh and last beloved child of Beulah Mae Donald, was abducted at gunpoint by Henry Hays and James Knowles, members of the United Klans of America’s local Klavern 900, and driven to a secluded wooded area near a garbage dump where he was killed. Hays and Knowles then tied Donald’s body to a tree on a vacant lot on Herndon Avenue, in what would be the first lynching since the 1960s.

Laurence Leamer’s “The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan,” recounts the arrest and criminal conviction of Hays, who was sentenced to death, as well as Knowles’ plea deal for life in prison in exchange for his testimony against Hays. The book’s primary focus, though, is the federal civil suit, Beulah Mae Donald, as Executor of the Estate of Michael Donald, Deceased v. United Klans of America, et al., and the $7 million verdict in favor of Donald, which caused financial ruin to the United Klans of America, the largest and most violent faction of the Ku Klux Klan.

It’s a chilling subject that makes the fictionalized courtroom scenes in Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” read like a bedtime story.

“The Lynching” casts a wide net, covering nearly four decades of racial strife and civil rights activism in the South, including the integration of Alabama public schools, in particular, Autherine Lucy’s 1956 attempt to attend classes at the University of Alabama; the 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church, which killed Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair; the 1965 killing of 39-year-old freedom rider Viola Gregg Liuzzo; and the Selma marches.
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When Scholars Cry: Celebrating the Career of Thomas C. Holt

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Courtesy of Emily Lynn Osborn (University of Chicago)

If you’ve never seen a historian cry, you’re probably hanging out with the wrong historians. The day you see multiple world-renowned historians literally break down at the podium while countless others shed tears in the audience, life will never be the same. You will at once know and feel what it really means to be an intellectual. While academic conferences may occasionally discuss affect theory in the abstract, it is a rare conference indeed that stumbles upon emotion as an intellectual practice unto itself. One such magical gathering recently took place at the University of Chicago on April 29th and 30th. It was called Marking Race, Making History: A Conference in Celebration of the Career of Thomas Holt. Yale University’s George Chauncey called it “the academy at its best.”

Perhaps nothing else could have brought together such a remarkable group of scholars, and compelled them to bear their souls in public, except the impending retirement of Thomas C. Holt. Holt is one of the world’s greatest living historians. He has won nearly every award and every honor known to the profession. MacArthur Genius Award, President of the American Historical Association, Member of the American Philosophical Society—all have ‘fallen like dominoes.’ Among scholars of the African American past, no one (and I mean no one) has done it better. He is the prototypical historian’s historian. With this level of academic street cred Holt certainly has earned the right to dictate his terms. Before agreeing to participate in a conference in his honor, he did indeed make one demand on conference organizers Allyson Hobbs of Stanford University and Jonathan Levy of the University of Chicago: “Make sure it’s about the students.” And that’s why the scholars cried.
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Church, Black gay caucus host 'Empowerment' event
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Church, Black gay caucus host 'Empowerment' event<br/> - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it

Church, Black gay caucus host 'Empowerment' event
by Vern Hester
2016-05-26

In collaboration with The Lighthouse Church of Chicago, The Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus ( CBGMC ) presented "Spiritual Empowerment," a faith forum/discussion meeting that took place May 22 at Uptown Underground.


With so many strides in LGBTQ civil rights in recent years, it has become apparent that some religious institutions—in particular, the African-American Church—have been stubborn in accepting or embracing members of this particular community. The focus of this gathering was to discuss and share experiences of LGBTQ individuals of color with their churches while also creating effective ways of healing and reconciliation.


. . .The Lighthouse Church of Chicago is a multiethnic church focused on inclusion and has been operating for two years. The church holds services every Sunday at 11 a.m. at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway. The website for the church is http://www.lighthousechicago.org 

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Slavery and Emancipation in New England: A Bibliography

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The Economic Activities of the Narragansett Planters (1940), Ernest Hamlin Baker. Copyright Pettaquamscutt Historical Society

Over the past few months, I have been writing posts exploring pre-modern black intellectual history. They have largely focused on early New England, which is also my area of research. While scholars have long recognized the region’s importance as a center of abolitionism, it has often been considered of marginal importance for the study of slavery and emancipation. Indeed, at the time of the American Revolution, slaves and free blacks comprised only 4% of the region’s population. Yet, as I hope I have shown here on this blog, the source material available for studying black life in early New England is quite rich and self-reflective, giving us great insight into the intellectual worlds of early African Americans. I believe this archive allows us to hear voices often lost to history and allows us to study the mentalités of slaves and free blacks, making black New Englanders more significant than the numbers would suggest. And I’m not alone. A number of other AAIHS contributors—Christopher Cameron, Patrick Rael, and Chernoh Sesay—also work on black life in early New England. Over the past decade, there has also also been a renaissance of scholarship on slavery and emancipation in the region and a number of public history projects that have better illuminated this history. Today, I want to highlight these resources for those interested in early black New England life. This list will be by no means comprehensive, focusing on foundational works, those from the past 10 years or so, and some online resources. I welcome any additional suggestions you may have in the comments.
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#libeyrianship: Pop Culture and #critlib in Information Literacy Programs | ACRLog

#libeyrianship: Pop Culture and #critlib in Information Literacy Programs | ACRLog | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
ACRLog welcomes a guest post from Jennifer Ferretti, Digital Initiatives Librarian, and Siân Evans, Instructional Librarian, at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Beyoncé’s new album ‘Lemonade’ dropped April 23, 2016 as both a traditional album and a “visual album.” The visual album weaves poetry, music, cinematography, fashion, and literary and film references into an hour-long film that follows a woman going through stages of grief. The album was highly anticipated by two librarians at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Jennifer Ferretti, Digital Initiatives Librarian, and Siân Evans, Instructional Librarian. After watching Bey’s Formation music video and her performance at Super Bowl 50, Jenny and Siân realized the topics Beyoncé is exploring in her music provides a perfect opportunity to engage students through a popular point of reference.

In seeking to make research more exciting to undergraduate art students, while also promoting critical thinking skills, Siân developed an instruction session which included a visual analysis of Beyoncé’s Formation, a discussion of Black Lives Matter, and an active learning component in which the students responded to Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance by researching the Black Panther Party in the library catalog, research databases, and special collections. Jenny, also invested in developing critical thinking skills via popular culture, primarily through digital resources, designed a topical LibGuide which provides perspectives, opinions, and ideas referenced or directly address in Lemonade.

In this post, borrowing The New York Times Bits Saturday newsletter’s conversational style, Jenny and Siân discuss #critlib, engaged instruction, and the success of the topical LibGuide “Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Information Resources.”

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Tales of African-American History Found in DNA

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African American men, women and children, who took part in The Great Migration in Chicago in 1918. Credit Chicago History Museum, via Getty Images

The history of African-Americans has been shaped in part by two great journeys.

The first brought millions of Africans to the southern United States as slaves. The second, the Great Migration, began around 1910 and sent six million African-Americans from the South to New York, Chicago and other cities across the country.

In a study published on Friday, a team of geneticists sought evidence for this history in the DNA of living African-Americans. The findings, published in PLOS Genetics, provide a map of African-American genetic diversity, shedding light on both their history and their health.

Buried in DNA, the researchers found the marks of slavery’s cruelties, including further evidence that white slave owners routinely fathered children with women held as slaves.

And there are signs of the migration that led their descendants away from such oppression: Genetically related African-Americans are distributed closely along the routes they look to leave the South, the scientists discovered.
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