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African American History with Clayborn Benson

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Clayborn Benson at a Kwanzaa celebration. Photo provided by Clayborn Benson

In celebration of Black History Month, Milwaukee Public Library is hosting several events at multiple library locations throughout the month of February. One of these events, African American History with Clayborn Benson will be held on Wednesday, February 12th at the Martin Luther King Library.

What impact did African Americans have on Wisconsin's inception as a state? What contributions did they make to the nation's Civil Rights struggle? What famous African American personalities have visited Wisconsin? Learn about African American migration patterns, how Wisconsin became a center of northern abolitionism, and how Wisconsin laws and policies shaped life for African Americans during African American Wisconsin History with Clayborn Benson. Historian Clayborn Benson is the founder of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society Museum in Milwaukee and was an award-winning photojournalist at TODAY'S TMJ4 for 39 years.

Everyone is welcome to attend this event. No reservations are necessary.

Martin Luther King Library
310 W. Locust St

Wednesday, February 12
6:00PM to 7:00PM

Created Equal Film Series

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POSTER.jpgJoin the Milwaukee Public Library and America's Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) for films and discussions on the past, present and future of civil rights in America. The Created Equal series uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America's civil rights history.

The series, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, consists of four documentaries: "The Abolitionists," "Slavery by Another Name," "The Loving Story," and "Freedom Riders," which chronicle the civil rights struggle from Revolutionary times to Martin Luther King Jr.

Join us Tuesday, February 11th at the Martin Luther King Library for the first film screening and discussion on The Loving Story facilitated by Dr. Fran Kaplan of ABHM.

The Created Equal film series is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative and in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Library Closed in Observance of the King Holiday

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index_MLKing.gifAll City of Milwaukee Libraries will be closed Monday, January 20th, 2014 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Later that week, we hope that kids will join us in celebrating the accomplishments and vision of Martin Luther King, Jr. with books, shared readings, and the creation of a dream chain. Refreshments will be served.

This program will be held at three neighborhood library locations on Wednesday, January 15th. The times for each program location are below.

Location: Martin Luther King Library
Date: January 15th, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM

Location: Villard Square Library
Date: January 15th, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM

Location: Atkinson Library
Date: January 15th, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Last Week For Teacher In The Library This Year

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Teacher in the library.jpgThis is the last week for the regularly scheduled Teacher in the Library program in 2013. This program will temporarily cease over the holidays, so take advantage of this program this week. In case you haven't heard about this wonderful service, here are the facts.

Teachers are available at selected libraries during after school hours from September-June to assist both students and parents with academic support and encouragement. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Check out the library's event calendar for information on times and locations.

Teachers will help students:
• focus
• use appropriate learning strategies
• find the best resources for completing their homework assignments
• find books appropriate for their reading level

Teachers will help parents:
• learn how to help their children at home with school assignments
• by answering questions they have regarding their child's homework

If you'd like to see the listing for Teacher in the Library in the children's programming calendar for spring, click here, and look at the final page.

Hello goodbye hello.jpgThe East Library Adult Book Club is meeting at Martin Luther King Library during East Library construction. This month the East Library Book Club discusses Hello Goodbye Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings by Craig Brown. There's still plenty of time to pick up your copy at the library and start reading. Registration is not required and new members are always welcome. We hope to see you there!

Library: Martin Luther King
Date: Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

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marchonwashcrowd.jpgFifty years ago, some 250,000 men and women banded together for the fight against injustice and prejudice. Fifty years ago, they gathered on Washington DC, by the busloads from Harlem and Alabama, by plane, and train, and automobile from all across the nation. Fifty years ago, they marched under the banner of Jobs and Freedom, united for equality. Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Junior stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and shared his dream with the gathered crowd and the entire world.

The immediate effect of the march resonated in the subsequent passing of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act in the following two years. The lasting effect continues to this day, as the struggle for civil rights, equality, and freedom for all did not end in the sixties. In celebration of this momentous anniversary, there are some events today at the Martin Luther King library.

From 2:00-3:00 pm there will be a "Make Your Own Dream Bracelet" activity for children seven and up. String glass beads on a memory wire while making special wishes to the world!

From 6:00-7:00 pm there is a, "I Have a Dream" Open Mic Night, an all-ages event where patrons can perform a song, music piece, dance routine, share some thoughts, or read a poem to express their dream or to reflect on Dr. King's legacy. In addition, guest speaker Nancy Torphy, a participant of the March on Washington, will discuss her memories of attending the March. All ages are welcome to attend this family event. Performers can sign up with a librarian on the day of the event.

african american women with natural hair.jpgThinking about going from a relaxer to a natural hair style? Are you overwhelmed with selecting the right hair products for the texture of your hair? If so, this free program is for you! Presenter Kanika Ward founded the group "Natural Hair Milwaukee". She is also the primary organizer of Milwaukee's Natural Hair Care Expo and a licensed esthetician. Ms. Ward will be sharing tips and advice, performing hair care demonstrations, and encouraging discussion about the beauty and management of African-American hair.

Library: Martin Luther King Library
Date: Monday, August 12th, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM


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