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August Events at the AC Bilbrew Library, Los Angeles

AC Bilbrew Library
150 E. El Segundo Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90061

Wed., Aug 21st, 5:30 p.m., George and Jonathan Jackson Tribute, “Jackson, Not Just a Name” – A Documentary about a Group of Young Black People Organizing in the Avalon Gardens “Proudjects” (Los Angeles).
For additional information please contact Harold Welton at haroldwelton@att.net

Sat., Aug 24th, 2 pm, “After a While You Wonder”, a book presentation and discussion by Norman E. Edelen, commemorating the 49th anniversary of the Watts Riot. Norman E. Edelen is a former TV writer-producer and ex-LAPD officer. “After A While You Wonder” is Edelen’s first book in his intriguing trilogy about law enforcement, focusing on former officers of the 77th Street Division who reunite and reflect on “racism, riots and their lives on the LAPD’s strong blue line of silence.” Q & A to follow presentation.

News: Comerica Bank Unveils New African American e-Book Collection for Dallas Public Library System

DALLAS, TX (February 7, 2012) – To celebrate Black History Month, Comerica Bank today unveiled a new African American Literature Collection for the citywide Dallas Public Library system, as well as e-readers for two in-need Southern Dallas library branches. The collection features close to 900 e-books by or about African-Americans and increases the System’s e-book collection by more than 6 percent.

As part of its donation to the non-profit group Friends of the Dallas Public Library, Comerica also purchased 30 e-readers for use by patrons of the North Oak Cliff and Polk Wisdom library branches. Comerica adopted the two branches in 2010 with a donation of $50,000 for the purchase of materials devoted to financial literacy, an important objective of the bank’s community outreach efforts. The total estimated value of the e-books and kindles is $15,000.

See more at http://www.4-traders.com/COMERICA-INCORPORATED-12105/news/COMERICA-INCORPORATED-To-Celebrate-Black-History-Month-Comerica-Bank-Unveils-New-African-American-e–14012075/

Holy Black History Month!: 23 Graphic Novels Featuring African Americans

By Martha Cornog, Philadelphia — Library Journal, 2/12/2009 1:12:00 PM

African American history turned a corner in January when Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. From Washington, DC, Obamamania swept through the recent New York Comic-Con, where exhibitors sold Alex Ross’s striking Superman Obama print as well as T-shirts proclaiming “Obama is my homeboy.” Obama comics are also jumping out of stores, and several more are in production.

Because our new president is a poster honcho for literacy as well as a comics-friendly icon, I hope we will soon see more graphic novels for children and tweens featuring black people as major characters. Luckily, there are many existing works that offer distinctive and often powerful portrayals of African Americans famous and unknown, real and fictional. Limited to teen through adult readers, the titles below are recommended for public and school libraries, and many would be welcome in academic collections. Display away, librarians!


ALA Award for Promoting African American Literature

American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) division presented a number of awards, including the inaugural Zora Neal Hurston Award recognizing an individual RUSA member who demonstrated leadership in promoting African American literature. The initial winner is Miriam Rodriquez, assistant director, Public Services/Community Integration of the Dallas PL. Rodriguez won the prize for her role in “Tulisoma,” a community-based literary festival highlighting African American authors and artists.