The Whole Staircase: Films Celebrating 400 Years of African American History & Culture
On August 28, 2019, the Campus Library will play “Martin Luther King, Jr: I Have A Dream”, a speech that was delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963. All are welcome to this Free event at either 10:00am, 12:00pm, or 6:00pm. The film will last approximately 14 minutes.
400 Years of African American History is a “commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies, at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619.” The commemoration is intended “to recognize and highlight the resilience and contributions of African-Americans since 1619, to acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination had on the United States, and to educate the public about the arrival of Africans in the United States, and the contributions of African-Americans to the United States.”
In recognition of this national commemoration, the SJR State Library is working with College departments and community friends to offer a year-long series of events which pay tribute to the rich history of African Americans as well as the impact African Americans have made throughout the nation and within our own communities.