Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

The Civil Rights Act of l964: Is It Relevant Today?

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub. L 88-352) is considered the nation's most comprehensive civil rights law enacted by Congress to end discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national orgin. President John F. Kennedy first proposed the landmark action in a July 11, 1963 nationally televised address. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the legislation into law on July 2, 1964.

'The Indignant Generation'

A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics 1934-1960

The Indignant Generation has garnered numerous honors since it was published in 2011.

Keeping Cool through Crafts

Teen Space Craft Books

Are you tired of the hot and sticky weather? Want to stay cool and busy? Visit Teen Space and browse craft books.

'The Heart of the Race Problem'

'The Life of Kelly Miller' by Dr. Ida E. Jones

Please join us in the Black Studies Center on Tuesday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. as Dr. Ida E. Jones, Assistant Curator of Manuscripts in the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, discusses her book, The Heart of the Race Problem: The Life of Kelly Miller.

South Africa

Teen Space Personal Connection

Teen Space librarians and teens are excited about poetry group Split this Rock's visit to Tshwane ('T' is silent), located near Pretoria, South Africa. Split this Rock meets weekly in Teen Space to discuss the writing of poetry. At each session, members compose and read aloud their poems for feedback from each other.

July Goodreads Book Group: Audiobooks

Do you want to join a book group, but don't have the time to attend meetings? Do you like using social media and are looking for a good group to discuss your latest literary indulgence or to learn what others are reading?Join our online book discussion group on Goodreads

Pimping Fictions

African American Crime Literature and the Untold Story of of Black Pulp Publishing

Justin Gifford is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno.

10 Easy Ways to Get Your Child to Read This Summer

Tips for Parents

Reading increases vocabulary, builds confidence and strengthens children’s critical thinking. When children read for fun, they learn to love reading. Here are some tips for you to help your child become a reader this summer.

Meet Teen Authors Reginae Carter & Bria Williams

Author Talk for Paparazzi Princesses

• Have you met any published authors who are also teens?• Would you like to know what it's like to be the children of world famous musicians?• Do you want to hear how other teens are turning their passions for music, acting and fashion into reality?

Teen Summer Reading

Beneath the Surface: Female Protagonists

From the comfort of your home or in the company of friendly and engaged teens at Teen Space, go online and sign up for Summer Reading. The reading theme is Beneath the Surface but there is no secret about the prizes and programs offered to teens this summer. The details are online and printed out in Teen Space.