Reviews and Blog Posts: African American

Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul

by Mark Bego

DPL Rating:
5

I’ve loved Aretha Franklin since I was a kid and first saw her in the movie “The Blues Brothers.” My girlfriends and I made up a dancing/singing routine to the song “Respect”. She is the image of a strong woman who is a survivor and Mark Bego’s biography reinforces it.

Pow! Kaboom! Twak! Ping! Vrooom!....The History of African Americans in Comics

The untold story of African American superheroes.

Did you know that African/African Americans have had a lengthy yet unrecognized presence in comics? The first comic book created by an African American (Orrin Evans and All Negro Comics #1) didn’t arrive until 1947. But there were a number of Black people featured in both mainstream and Black newspaper press strips for many years before that. Not all of the images that were presented were positive or free of stereotypes, but all of them were steps towards the explosion of characters present today.

The Final Event of the Seldom Screened Cinema Series 2013

The series wraps with special guest Dr. Brenda Allen.

The Seldom Screened Cinema: Identity: Perception, Social Misconception and Self-Determination series is coming to a close. This year's film series focused on the many aspects of identity in the African American community and how identity is shaped by internal and external forces.

Kwanzaa Arts & Crafts Market Place

One stop shopping for the unique gift giver.

Looking for that extra special unique handmade/crafted gift? Stop by the Blair-Caldwell Library and check out a wide vary of items inspired by the principles of Kwanzaa by local artists, artisans and merchants.

Saturday, November 23
12 noon - 4 p.m.

For more information call 720-865-2401 or email blairstaff@denverlibrary.org

Join Us to Celebrate!

Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library’s 10th Anniversary

Saturday, April 27, 12:30-3 p.m.

Activities for the whole family!
Storytime, Arts & Crafts, and Face Painting
Light Refreshments ~ Free and Open to the Public

Jewel in the Community Exhibit
Ending April 30
Cousins Gallery - 3rd Floor

Join us as we explore the history of the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library. From Conception and Construction to Events and Exhibits the Blair-Caldwell library is a place of discovery and knowledge waiting to be explored.

The first part last

by Angela Johnson

DPL Rating:
4

Sixteen-year-old Bobby used to spend his days shooting hoops and eating pizza, but now his life revolves around his newborn daughter, Feather. Bobby loves his daughter more than anything else, but this story does not romanticize the sleepless nights and stress of teenage parenthood. Told in alternating chapters that travel...

The Warmth of Other Suns: A Community Conversation with Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson

Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation, in partnership with The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library and City Year Denver present a Community Conversation featuring Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns, on Thursday, December 8, 7-9 p.m. at the Manual High School Auditorium.

Wilkerson, who spent most of her career as a national correspondent and bureau chief at The New York Times, is the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in the history of American journalism, and was the first black American to win for individual reporting.

The Pioneers: A Historical Perspective of African Americans in Tennis

Arthur Ashe

Please join us for the first event in our oral history lecture series for Breaking the Barriers, a historical timeline featuring the significance of African Americans in tennis:

The Pioneers: A Historical Perspective
Monday, May 9, 6-8 p.m.
Blair Caldwell African American Research Library

Colorado has a rich history of pro tour professionals located in our own backyard with direct connections to Arthur Ashe, the first African American male to win a Grand Slam event. Featured panel participants will share experiences and inspirations from their association with Arthur Ashe. In addition, learn about unknown facts, obstacles and struggles faced by early African American tennis pioneers.

Moderator: Nancy McCloskey Concierge, Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club

Panel Participants:

A home for Mr. Easter

by Brooke A Allen

DPL Rating:
0

Tesana is a big girl who lives in her own imaginary world. In an attempt to fit in at her new school, she tries to help out with the pep rally. There, she finds a rabbit that can lay eggs and ends up beating up the entire football team to...

Mare's war

by Tanita S Davis

DPL Rating:
0

Octavia and Tali have been forced to go on a summer-long road-trip with their grandmother, Mare. Neither of them wants to go, but as they drive, Mare starts telling fascinating stories about her life growing up Black in the South and how she was a woman soldier during World War...

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