Poem, “I Am An American” by Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Alice Dunbar-Nelson Papers, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library.

Feb. 1-29: 'Celebrating Black Women'

Library sets exhibition 'Celebrating Black Women in American Culture and History'

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8:43 a.m., Jan. 30, 2012--The University of Delaware Library has announced the opening of a new exhibition in the Information Room on the first floor of the Morris Library. “Celebrating Black Women in American Culture and History: Black History Month 2012” will be on display from Wednesday, Feb. 1, through Wednesday, Feb. 29.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History has dedicated Black History Month 2012 to exploring African American women’s roles in and contributions to American history and the exhibition supports that endeavor. 

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On display will be scrapbooks, letters and books highlighting the activities of African American women activists, writers and poets. All items are from Special Collections in the University of Delaware Library. 

In the face of extreme challenges and oppression due to both their race and gender, these black female Americans made lasting contributions to American society, politics, history and culture for which we celebrate them.

“Celebrating Black Women in American Culture and History: Black History Month 2012” is curated, designed and installed by Laurie Rizzo, assistant librarian, with assistance from Anita Wellner, library assistant, on exhibition preparation. They are both from the Special Collections Department of the University of Delaware Library.

The exhibition is also available online.

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