Thursday, February 08, 2018

BOOK LAUNCH BY MARGARET EDDS<br>We Face the Dawn: Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and the Legal Team That Dismantled Jim Crow

We Face the Dawn: Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and the Legal Team That Dismantled Jim Crow

Thursday, February 08, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free

Join author and retired journalist Margaret Edds for the launch of her latest book, We Face the Dawn, which offers the first comprehensive account of the South's most significant grassroots legal team and how it successfully challenged racial separation in the 1940s and 1950s. Virginians Oliver Hill and Spottswood Robinson initiated and argued one of the five cases that combined into the landmark Brown v. Board of Education, but their influence extends far beyond that single case. They were part of a small brotherhood that conceived and executed the NAACP's assault on racial separation in education, transportation, housing, and voting. We Face the Dawn broadens our awareness of lesser-known figures who played pivotal roles in the civil rights movement. At a time when numerous schools have resegregated and the prospects of many minority children appear bleak, Hill and Robinson's remarkably effective campaign against various forms of racial segregation can inspire a new generation to embrace educational opportunity as the birthright of every American child.

Reception: 5:30–6:00 PM. Author talk: 6:00–7:00 PM. Book signing 7:00–7:15 PM.

2018 Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

Thursday, February 01, 2018 — Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Place: Second Floor Lobby, Free

In observance of Black History Month, the Library of Virginia and Dominion Energy honor seven distinguished Virginians in this traveling exhibition as the 2018 Strong Men and Women in Virginia History for their contributions to the commonwealth and the nation. Through education and advocacy, they demonstrate how African Americans have actively campaigned for better lives for themselves and their people. See the links at left for a schedule of other locations for this exhibition.

True Sons of Freedom

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 — Friday, November 09, 2018
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free

True Sons of Freedom, a photographic exhibition at the Library of Virginia, explores the stories of Virginia's African American soldiers who served during World War I. More than just mementos for families and sweethearts, these portraits challenge the crude and demoralizing cultural products of an era that often reduced African Americans to stereotypes and denied them full participation as citizens of the United States. Reflecting the pride and determination of African American World War I servicemen, the images were submitted with the soldiers' responses to military service questionnaires created by the Virginia War History Commission as part of an effort to capture the scope of Virginians' participation in the Great War. The original photographs, reproduced in the gallery at nearly life-size dimensions, place visitors at eye level in front of the soldiers. The monumental scale allows viewers the opportunity to examine rich details not seen in the original photo postcards.

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