dc1968

curated project commemorating the 50th anniversary of 1968 in dc

dedicated to bobby r. hale
13 feb 1968 & books by and about negroes

13 feb 1968 & books by and about negroes

#OTD-ish Tuesday 13 February 1968 The D.C. Public Library (801 K St NW) produced and distributed a pamphlet, "Books By and About Negroes." It was a single-fold, top-flip pamphlet containing a selection of books that patrons could check out from the library. 

DCPL's practice of highlighting books written by and for African Americans dates back 60 years to 1908. That was the first year in which the heading "Negro" appeared in the Monthly Bulletin, a publication through which librarians shared new acquisitions.

And jumping forward to 1970, the DCPL Board of Trustees voted to establish a division devoted to collecting books by and about African Americans.

Please comment below. Do you remember this pamphlet? Which branch did you visit most in 1968? What were you favorite books in 1968? You may comment privately here.

Photo source: Courtesy, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Youth Pride Records, c1969.
Marya Annette McQuirter, "Claiming the City: African Americans, Urbanization and Leisure in Washington, DC, 1902-1957," University of Michigan, 2000.

 

14 feb 1968 & benning library

14 feb 1968 & benning library

12 feb 1968 & john brown's body @ford's theatre

12 feb 1968 & john brown's body @ford's theatre