Monday, February 1, 2016

February 2016                                                               
 Black History Event

                         2016 African American History Book Discussion

The annual African American Book Discussion was held on Wednesday, February 23 in the N.A. Jenkins Board Room. Mrs. Bridget Sledge discussed the novel The Color of Water : a Black Man's Tribute to his White Mother written  by James McBride.  The novel tells the remarkable story of  Ruth McBride Jordan, the two good men she married, and the 12 good children she raised.   The book is a success story, a testament to one woman's true heart, solid values, and indomitable will. Ruth Jordan battled not only racism but also poverty to raise her children and, despite being sorely tested, never wavered. In telling her story--along with her son's--The Color of Water addresses racial identity with compassion, insight, and realism. 


        Happy Valentine's Day Benedict Family!

       "No Greater Faith: The Legacy of            Mother Emmanuel AME Church"

 Happy Black History Month!


                                                   Black History Theme 2016: 
     Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories


Library Displays 2016

Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories

 The displays depicts descriptions and images of various sites across the United States.


                            Visit the Mobile Multimedia Center Hallway for a Walk Through                 Experience beginning with Civil Rights to the Presence. The Mobile Multimedia Center is located on the  1st floor of the Library in the B.C. Cares Area.



Black Men Who Are Making History Now!

Mike Carey - Retired NFL Referee
Lester Holt - Journalist
Wendell Oliver Scott - NASCAR Legend
Neil DeGrasse Tyson - Astrophysicist
Geoffrey S. Fletcher - Screenwriter
F. Gary Gray - Director
Jeffrey Orridge, Commissioner Canadian Football League
Kendrick Lamar - Recording Artist
Dr. Dre - Recording Artist and Entrepreneur
Eric Holder - Attorney General
Colin Powell - Secretary of State
Jeh Johnson - U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
Tim Scott - U.S. Senator
James Clyburn - U.S. Congressman
Barack Obama - President of the United States



Black History eBooks

  • Alexander.  Mississippi Black History Makers.Rogers, J.A. 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof: A Short Cut to The World History of The Negro.
  •  Byerman, Keith.  Remembering the Past in Contemporary African American Fiction.
  • Goggin, Jacqueline.  Carter G. Woodson : A Life in Black History.
  • Melyon-Reinette, Stephanie.  Marronnage and Arts : Revolts in Bodies and VoSewell, 
  •  Du Bois, W.E.B.  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Ward, Brian.  Just My Soul Responding : Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness, and Race Relations.

February 2016


Civics, Government and Politics: Iowa Caucus                                                     TOPIC:  Who were the winners of the Iowa Caucus for the Republican and Democratic parties?  What issues resonated most with Iowans and how did that impact their voting?  How does the Iowa Caucus work and in what ways is it different from the primaries held in other states?


SOCIAL ISSUES: Facebook Relationships                                                             TOPIC: A study of Facebook social media users in the Royal Society Open Science journal show that offering more accurate definitions of many online relationships would require adding an acquaintance status in addition to the current friend status.  What is the difference between a friend and an acquaintance and why would it matter on social media?  What are some of the specifics of the study and how did it explore online relationships?


HEALTH: Zika Virus Emerges                                                                                  TOPIC:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning pregnant women that they shouldn’t travel to the Latin American countries that are currently battling the Zika virus. The virus is thought to be responsible for the surge in children born with microcephaly, a brain defect, in Brazil. How is the disease spread? Have cases been found in the U.S.? What is microcephaly? How is Brazil responding to this? How sure are scientists that Zika is the cause of this surge?


BUSINESS:  Wal-Mart Closings                                                                              TOPIC:  Wal-Mart is closing 269 of its stores, including 154 in the United States.  What is the impact of these closings on local communities and local economies?  Why are they closing so many stores?


 Civics, Government and Politics: U.S. and Iran Relations                              TOPIC:  A small group of American sailors that had been picked up when their ships sailed into Iranian waters were released within days after heavy negotiations between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.  What were the reasons the sailors were being held and what terms were negotiated for their release?  What are other political factors between Iran and the U.S. that could have been impacted of these negotiations became hostile?


CRIME AND LAW: Oregon Militia                                                                            TOPIC:  A group calling itself the Oregon Militia staged an armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge outside Burns, Oregon but was finally apprehended by the FBI who arrested militia leader Ammon Bundy and others in the group.  What was the reason the militia occupied the refuge and what are the most compelling arguments for and against their views? When the FBI apprehended the militia, who was shot and killed and what were the circumstances?  What were the specific charges brought against the group?


 ECONOMICS: New Tax Deal                                                                                   TOPIC:  President Obama and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan have worked out a tax cut agreement.  What are the details of this agreement and how will it impact the federal deficit according to the Congressional Budget Office?  What were the compromises made to come to this agreement and what spurred the agreement?


  The last test using the old Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SATs) is taking place and the new version will be in use from now on.  What are the differences between the two versions and why was the test changed?  What has been the reaction from the education field and from the public regarding these changes?

Trivia Questions
Do You Know The Answers?

1. Who is the Father of Black History Month?
2. What did Madam C.J. Walker invent in 1905 that was sold from door to door?
3.  What was the name of the slave who led the largest slave rebellion in history in 1831?
4.  Who was the first Black woman to own a TV studio?
5.  CORE, SCLC, and NAACP share what common goal?
6.  Who is Dr. Gwendolyn E. Body?
7.  Who is Jesse LeRoy Brown?
8.  Who is Courtney Pearson?
9.  Who is Mpule Kwelagobe?

* Answers are below.


Answers to Trivia Questions

1. Carter G. Woodson
2. Hair preparations for African Americans
3.Nat Turner
4. Oprah Winfrey
5. Equal Rights for African Americans
6. First female president of a HBCU
7. First African American Naval Aviator in the U.S. Army
8. First African American homecoming queen at Ole Miss., 2012
9. First Black African to ever win Miss Universe crown                                                        

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