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Historian and Lecturer, C.R Gibbs

C.R. Gibbs Lecture on African-American History and Culture

Ancient African Empires

The first presentation in our Spring African American History and Culture Lecture Series. Award-winning historian C. R. Gibbs will deliver a presentation entitled, "Ancient African Empires." Join us for this thought-provoking lecture. For more information, call (202) 576-7252. A discussion with the audience will follow the presentation.  

Historian C.R. Gibbs

C.R. Gibbs Lecture on African-American History and Culture

Come Out Fighting: How the Real Black Panthers and Other African Americans Fought the Axis and Helped Win World War II

The second presentation in our Spring African-American History Lecture Series, award-winning historian C. R. Gibbs will deliver a presentation entitled, "Come Out Fighting: How the Real Black Panthers and Other African Americans Fought the Axis and Helped Win World War II.” A discussion with the audience will follow the presentation.

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50 Years Ago

New Books about America in 1968

We are now 50 years out from the tumultuous events of 1968. DC Public Library is focusing on the ways in which events of that year resulted in the city and country we know today. Authors and publishers are doing the same, publishing a plethora of books about what happened in America during that time. While it's a year that has already had a lot of historical gaze fixed upon it, many of the new books are bringing fresh perspectives to that time.

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DC Reads for Children and Teens

Starting a conversation about war, refugees, and immigrants

May is here, and that means DC Reads has begun. Throughout the month of May, our One City-One Book program encourages D.C. residents to read, discuss and connect around one book. This year's title is The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winner and newly appointed member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

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Elizabeth Keckley Speaks: “My Life in Washington”

Celebrate Juneteenth and the life of a White House dressmaker.

Join us at Southwest Library as we celebrate Juneteenth and the life of an important Washington dressmaker.

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Nonfiction that Seems Like a Soap Opera

Reality television stars have nothing on these real historical figures

The adage is that truth is stranger than fiction and these books certainly show that to be true. These nonfiction books feature historical figures with personalities that would put reality television stars to shame—and the antics that go with such larger-than-life personalities.  

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Author Talk: George Derek Musgrove

Many books have been written about the politics and history of Washington, D.C. However the city's hometown aspect frequently is overlooked.

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Guns in America

In the context of mass shootings, police violence and the second amendment, Americans continue to disagree about the place that guns should have in our society. Are gun deaths the result of access to firearms or violent tendencies in the individual? What, if any, gun control is reasonable and constitutional? What did the founders intend with the second amendment? How did we become a country that has so many guns? What is the reality beyond all the hyperbole? These books will hopefully inform you about the history of guns in America and our current use of them.

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Solitude

A Life Apart From The World

Everyone, at some point or another, seeks out some alone time—to get away from the noise, to escape the pressures and stress of everyday life. Solitude has a healing quality that renews, strengthens and fortifies. There are some people that choose a life of solitude for any number of reasons and others that find themselves alone through no choice of their own. The following are some recent and classic accounts of the solitary life.

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