Have you been by the Stone Center Library lately? If so, you may have noticed our latest display, which features selections in honor of women’s history month, hand-picked by Stone Center Librarian Shauna Collier.
Here are some of the highlights:
Azaransky, Sarah. The Dream Is Freedom : Pauli Murray and American Democratic Faith. Oxford ;: Oxford UP, c2011.
Blair, Cynthia M. I’ve Got to Make My Livin’ : Black Women’s Sex Work in Turn-of-the-century Chicago. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2010.
Haynes, Rosetta Renae. Radical Spiritual Motherhood : Autobiography and Empowerment in Nineteenth-century African American Women. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, c2011.
Johnson, M. Mikell. Heroines of African American Golf : The Past, the Present and the Future. [Bloomington, Ind.]: Trafford Pub., c2010.
Lau, Kimberly J. Body Language : Sisters in Shape, Black Women’s Fitness, and Feminist Identity Politics. Philadelphia, Pa.: Temple UP, 2011.
Musser, Judith. “Girl, Colored” and Other Stories : A Complete Short Fiction Anthology of African American Women Writers in the Crisis Magazine, 1910-2010. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., c2011.
Nevergold, Barbara Seals., and Peggy Brooks-Bertram. Go, Tell Michelle : African American Women Write to the New First Lady. Albany, N.Y.: Excelsior Editions/State U of New York P, c2009.
Perkins-Valdez, Dolen. Wench : A Novel. New York: Amistad, c2010.
Shields, John C., and Eric D. Lamore. New Essays on Phillis Wheatley. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, c2011.
Winn, Maisha T. Girl Time : Literacy, Justice, and the School-to-prison Pipeline. New York: Teachers College P, c2011.
Like what you see? Come on by for these titles and more! The Stone Center Library is open 8am-8pm Monday-Thursday and Fridays 8am-5pm. The Library is on the third floor of the Stone Center on South Rd., near the Belltower.
Posted in Biography, Education, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Women's history
Tagged Available @the SCL, Biography, Education, Fiction, Non-fiction, Pauli Murray, SCL Picks, short stories, Slavery, Women's history
March marks the start of Women’s History Month and this year’s theme is “Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment.” Before going on a brief blogging hiatus for Spring Break next week, we thought we’d jump-start the month with a round-up of online resources and pertinent posts from the SCL blog archives.
For example… did you know our Stone Center Library Guide to the Web contains a wealth of sites related to women’s history, achievements, and issues across a variety of disciplines? Check out some simple searches here, here, and here. From science and technology to literature and the arts, we’ve got you covered!
In addition to these general resources, we’ve periodically featured profiles of compelling women of historical and cultural significance. See, for example, our previous posts highlighting the following female figures:
Looking for a broader perspective? More of a book person? You’re in luck! Over the last couple of years we’ve taken the time to put together lists of recommendations for Women’s History Month which you may consult at your leisure: here, here, here, and here.
We hope these links provide some inspiration for whatever your research or reading needs may be, and hope that you will check in after the break for more from us as we continue to celebrate women’s history here at the Stone Center Library. Finally, best of luck to those of you winding your way through midterm exams and assignments – Spring Break is almost here!
Posted in Biography, Diaspora, Fiction, New Titles, Non-Fiction, Politics
Tagged Available @the SCL, Biography, Black History Month, Caribbean, Diaspora, Fiction, New @the SCL, Non-fiction, Race & Ethnicity
First performed publicly in February of 1900, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” was composed by brothers James Weldon (text) and J. Rosamand Johnson (music). Originally conceived as a poem to commemorate Lincoln’s birthday, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” as a musical work has become a powerful symbol of the U.S. Civil Rights movement. Termed “the Black National Anthem” by some, this song also inspired a short-lived sculpture (“The Harp”) commissioned for the 1939 New York World’s Fair and created by Augusta Savage Jefferson. Given its cultural significance, and in honor of Black History Month, here at the Library we thought we would briefly spotlight the poet, educator, and activist behind the poem: James Weldon Johnson.
James Weldon Johnson (1831-1938) was born in Jacksonville, FL and went on to attend Atlanta University. The son of a schoolteacher, he returned to his alma mater Stanton Elementary School as principal. Concurrently, he purused legal studies and became the first African-American to pass the bar exam in the state of Florida. In addition to his significant contribution to the fields of education and law, Johnson was a prolific writer of poems, song texts, and fiction such as The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man. Active in the political arena as well, in 1920 he was appointed executive secretary of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), which ultimately adopted “Lift Every Voice and Sing” as its official song.
For a sampling James Weldon Johnson’s poetry available here at the Library, we recommend checking out:
For more on the artwork inspired by “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” consider this book, also available here at the Library:
And for a full list of books authored by James Weldon Johnson and available here at the SCL, check out the following list in the online catalog. Happy reading!
Posted in Biography, Civil Rights, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Politics
Tagged Available @the SCL, Biography, Black History Month, Civil Rights, Poetry, SCL Picks
Renown Cape Verdean singer Cesária Évora died this past weekend at age 70. Earning monikers such as “The Barefoot Diva” and “The Queen of Morna,” Évora began performing at age 16. Releasing her first album in 1988, by 2003 she had earned a Grammy for her album Voz D’Amor.
An international star, Évora became famous for her distinctive contralto and soulful performances of songs of lament and longing. Indeed, “Évora was considered one of the world’s greatest exponents of Morna, a form of blues considered the national music of the Cape Verde islands, a former Portuguese colony which gained independence in 1975.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16232543). For more on her life and legacy, see the following links for obituaries published in the New York Times, the BBC, and the Washington Post, among others. You may also hear a brief clip of Évora in performance here.
For those of you who are UNC affiliates, if you’re interested in a more extensive discussion of her career from a sociological perspective we encourage you to make use of the new Articles+ search tool to locate the following article: “Cesária Évora: ‘The Barefoot Diva’ and Other Stories.” (by Carla Martin, in Transition, No. 103, Cabo Verde (2010), pp. 82-97). Here at the SCL we also have Music is the weapon of the future : fifty years of African popular music (2002), which includes the chapter “From Kode di Dona to Cesaria Evora: Sodade in A Major: The Music of Cape Verde” (p. 191).
Have you been by the Stone Center Library lately? If so, you’ve hopefully noticed our new display:
Our latest selection of recently acquired books features titles related to African Americans in American culture, in keeping with our recent event with UNC history professor “Fitz” Brundage:
All titles are available here at the library and we encourage you to come by and check them out. Happy reading, and have a great weekend!
Posted in Biography, Business, Civil Rights, Fiction, Film, New Titles, Non-Fiction, Politics, Theater
Tagged Available @the SCL, Civil Rights, entertainment, Fiction, Film, New @the SCL, Non-fiction
We hope you’re all excited for TODAY’S book talk with UNC history professor “Fitz” Brundage, as he discusses his latest book, Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930 (UNC Press 2011).
Event details (also available on Facebook):
5:00pm Reception | Main Lobby, Wilson Library
5:30pm Program | Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
In anticipation of this event, Stone Center Librarian Shauna Collier has put together a list of related books available at UNC libraries. Check it out!
- African Americans and US popular culture. Verney, Kevern (2003).
- Ain’t nothing like the real thing : how the Apollo Theater shaped American entertainment. National Museum of African American History and Culture through Smithsonian Books (c2010)
- Audience, agency and identity in Black popular culture. Worsley, Shawan M. (2010).
- Black culture and the New Deal : the quest for civil rights in the Roosevelt era. Sklaroff, Lauren Rebecca (c2009). Also available as an [electronic resource].
- Dreaming of Dixie : how the South was created in American popular culture. Cox, Karen L. (c2011)
- Fly away : the great African American cultural migrations. Rutkoff, Peter M. (2010).
- The Harlem Renaissance. Hillstrom, Kevin (c2008).
- Jump for joy : jazz, basketball, and Black culture in 1930s America. Caponi-Tabery, Gena (c2008).
- Oscar Micheaux and his circle : African-American filmmaking and race cinema of the silent era. Indiana University Press (c2001).
- The Regal Theater and black culture. Semmes, Clovis E. (2006). Also available as an [electronic resource].
- A renaissance in Harlem : lost voices of an American community. Bard (c1999).
- Representing African Americans in transatlantic abolitionism and blackface minstrelsy. Nowatzki, Robert (c2010). Also available as an [electronic resource].
- Swingin’ at the Savoy : the memoir of a jazz dancer. Miller, Norma (1996).
- Swinging the machine : modernity, technology, and African American culture between the World Wars. Dinerstein, Joel (c2003).
Happy reading, and we hope to see you TODAY at 5pm in Wilson Library!