This year is the 100th anniversary of the congressional passage of the 19th Amendment which would give women the right to vote, but this did not mark the end of the fight for women’s rights in the United States. This Women’s History Month is an opportune time to examine feminist movements in the United States and learn about how the movement has progressed to become more inclusive over the last 100 years.
Our Women’s History Month display provides a timeline of events and landmark policies to show that women in America have been fighting for their rights since 1776, when Abigail Adams famously wrote to her husband to “remember the ladies… If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, or representation,” to today, when a record number of women now serve in the United States Congress.
We have also included short biographies of influential, albeit sometimes controversial, women, such as Alice Paul (famous for her militant protest tactics), Carol Hanisch (famous for the ‘Bra Burning’ Miss America protest), and Patricia Robinson (famous for her essay “Poor Black Women” which called out the feminist movements oppression of black women) in order to highlight the different ways women have stood up for their rights.
With the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment on the horizon, we hope our display inspires students to learn more about the feminist movement in the United States and the fight for women’s rights around the world; more importantly, we hope it starts a conversation about the ways in which we can progress to true equality for all.
Black History Month is in full swing. The library is celebrating the heritage and culture of soul food and African foodways with facts about famous soul food chefs, the vegetables and dishes that came from Africa, and the history of African American cooking. Come check out our books on soul food cooking, learn how the vegan soul food movement is gaining popularity, and find out how a dish you love eating today came from a traditional African meal.
September 25th through October 1st is Banned Books Week this year (2016). Although the name might at first seem a little misleading or confusing, Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read – it is after all our first amendment right! This annual event focuses on efforts to restrict or remove books from schools and libraries, usually by parents who find the content to be offensive or inappropriate in some way. By focusing on these efforts, Banned Books Week is actually drawing attention to the harm of censorship in our communities.
If you’d like to learn more, visit the ALA page on Banned Books Week and look for more posts this week on Dacus Library’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Also, drop by Dacus Library and check out a banned book – we have some displayed on the main floor. If you’re not sure where to find a particular book, whether it’s been challenged somewhere or not, just ask us at the Information Commons desk or search our catalog here.
Get the word out! September 27th – October 3rd is Banned Books Week. Come to Dacus Library and check out our exhibit in the lobby and get your mug shot taken to show us that you too love banned books! If you’ve got some free time to read, check out a banned book from our display and take it home with you. We celebrate our freedom to read every day but especially this week!
Frequently challenged or banned young adult fiction is the theme of Banned Books Week this year. Take a look at the top ten most frequently challenged YA titles. For more information on Banned Books Week, check out The American Library Association’s site.
Grace won week two of our trivia contest in honor of Black History Month!
Did you get the correct answers?
Q: Where was William H. Johnson born?
A: Florence, SC
Q: The nine men who staged a sit-in at McCory’s lunch counter in Rock Hill, SC in 1961 became known as?
A: Friendship Nine
Q: In what year did Winthrop integrate?
Congratulations to Brandy Brogden who won the first Starbucks gift card in our Black History Month trivia contest! Did you get the answers correct?
Q: What was William H. Johnson’s occupation?
Q: Where did the Incident of the Lunch Counter take place?
A: Rock Hill, SC
Q: Who was the first African American to attend Winthrop University?
A: Cynthia Roddey
Remember new questions will be posted on Monday each week in February, so don’t forget to play! There will be a random drawing for a mystery prize at the end of February.
Tip: Remember to include your name and email on your answer sheet.