UPDATE: The program dates originally listed below for presentations by family history research consultant Traci Wilson-Kleekamp have been changed.
February is Black History Month, and this year the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History has chosen the theme “Civil Rights in America” to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This legislation outlawed discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion or national origin in public accommodations, including restaurants, motels, hotels and theaters. The law also prohibited discrimination in employment. Learn more and celebrate Black History month with these library resources.
- Find local and regional events celebrating Black History Month and the achievements of African-Americans by visiting our Black Culture and History subject guide.
- Discover in-depth information on the people, events and topics related to civil rights and more in African-American History Online, a database available through the library’s website, free for all DBRL cardholders.
- Check out a recently published book on the history of civil rights in America, like Todd Purdum’s “An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964” or “The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act” by Clay Risen.
- Attend a library program exploring local black history with family history research consultant Traci Wilson-Kleekamp. On February 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library, hear about early pioneers in Columbia’s black community, all former slaves of University president William Hudson. On February 18 at 6:30 p.m., join Wilson-Keekamp at the Callaway County Public Library in Fulton for the story of emancipated slave Carter Braxton and his family’s connections to Callaway County.