JANUARY 2012  
In anticipation of African American History Month in February, we are featuring a lesson plan from our Online Classroom about one of the 2007 African American Trailblazers. Arthur Ashe was a well-known Virginian who broke the color barrier playing tennis and dedicated his life . . .
Virginia Standards of Learning: CE.1, USII.9, VS.1, VS.9
Student Essay Contest: Race & Stereotypes

Sponsored by the Library of Virginia,the Science Museum of Virginia, and the Richmond Times-Dispatch

The Science Museum of Virginia will explore the idea of race from scientific, historical, and cultural perspectives in the upcoming exhibition RACE: Are We So Different? Even small children notice that people look different. These differences have offered us strength, community and identity. However, these same differences have also been the historical basis for discrimination and oppression. The annual African American Trailblazers program at the Library of Virginia honors powerful examples of individuals who refused to be defined by their circumstances. A 2012 honoree is Michael Blakey, a biological anthropologist and professor at the College of William & Mary. Dr. Blakey is also the lead scientist and director of the African Burial Ground in downtown New York City. His work provided valuable information about African Americans in New York during the colonial period. Discrimination based on racial differences and stereotypes has happened in American society at many times during our history. What historical stereotypes do you think affect society today? What actions can you take to overcome stereotypes and discrimination?
John B. Cary Elementary School Students Nominated a 2012 African American Trailblazer
Upcoming Events
American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print is on display at the Library of Virginia until February 4.
2012 African American Trailblazers:
Program and Reception
Thursday, February 23
Time: 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Free but reservations required. Seating is limited. Call 804.692.3535 by February 17 to RSVP. Eight honorees—from the past and present—who have had a significant impact on the history of Virginia will be honored at this celebration. A reception follows the program. Sponsored by Dominion.
2012 Virginia Women in History:
Program and Reception
Thursday, March 29
Time: 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
From the Conservation Lab
Did you know that the Library of Virginia has a YouTube channel?
We have more than fifty videos available, including book talks, historical clips from the archives, and African American Trailblazers documentaries, as well as a playlist of videos from the Conservation Lab showing how the Library conserves important. . . .
Education and Outreach Services
February 10, 1913—
Permission to Speak Was Granted to Pauline Adams
Advocates of votes for women, such as Pauline Forstall Colclough Adams (1874–1957), of Norfolk, spoke, lobbied, marched in parades, and argued that women should be allowed to vote. This certificate issued in Norfolk permitted Adams to speak "on streets, on Monument Square" in that city. You can use this primary source in your classroom to introduce . . .
SOL Correlation: USI.8 (d), USII.4 (e), VUS.6 (e), VUS.8 (d)