We are proud to partner with the North Louisiana Civil Rights Coalition to present the Legacy Series, a new set of programs that will highlight historic moments in African American history. The series will take place the first Tuesday of the month, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., during November, December, and January. The events will be held in the Eaves Room at the Main Branch.
First in the series is “A Conversation with Carolyn Jones” that will take place on Tuesday, November 5. Jones is the first African American student to attend school in Caddo Parish. The Shreveport native integrated Caddo Parish Schools as a six-year-old more than fifty years ago. A lawsuit in 1965 striking down segregation allowed her to enroll at Creswell Elementary. Jones will share her unique experience as both a pioneer in local civil rights movement and an entrepreneur in the beauty industry.
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In December and January, participants will hear about the life and times of two of the greatest African American female writers: Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison. “The Radical Archives of Zora Neale Hurston: Collections of a Southern Traveler” will be presented Tuesday, December 3, and “Memorial for Toni Morrison: Literary Monuments & Historical Memory” will be held Tuesday, January 7.
Hurston, an American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker, portrayed racial struggles in the early 20th-century American South and published research on Haitian Voodoo. The most popular of her four novels is Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937. She also wrote more than 50 short stories, plays, and essays. Hurston traveled extensively in the Caribbean and the American South and immersed herself in local cultural practices to conduct her anthropological research. She died on January 28, 1960 at the aged of 69.
Toni Morrison was an American novelist, essayist, book editor, and college professor. She published her first novel, The Bluest Eye, in 1970. The critically acclaimed Song of Solomon brought her national attention and won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Morrison recently passed away in August 2019.
The Legacy Series is presented in partnership with the North Louisiana Civil Rights Coalition (NLCRC). The NLCRC provides educational research, collection of civil rights data and collaboration with high schools, higher education, government, churches and other community organizations to be housed in north Louisiana’s civil rights museum.
The NLCRC’s mission is to promote and provide assistance in the collection, documentation, and dissemination of information regarding civil rights history of Northern Louisiana.