Library displays black history resources

Student organizations and academic departments at Southeastern Louisiana University will host activities in February to celebrate Black History Month.

Throughout the month, Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library will highlight black history and culture with The African-American Mosaic, an exhibit that will be on display on the third floor, university officials said.

The exhibit marks the publication of “The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture.” The Mosaic is the first library-wide resource guide to the institution’s African-American collections.

“Covering the nearly 500 years of the black experience in the Western hemisphere, the Mosaic surveys the full range size, and variety of the Library of Congress’ collections, including books, periodicals, prints, photographs, music, film and recorded sound,” said Sims Memorial Library Director Eric Johnson. “Moreover, the African-American Mosaic represents the start of a new kind of access to the library’s African-American collections and the beginning of reinvigorated research and programming drawing on these, now systematically identified, collections.”

Black History Month activities are free and include:

Thursday-March 31, Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 2 to 11 p.m., Sims Memorial Library, “Notable African-American Musicians and Black Musical Theater: A History,” an exhibit on display on the library’s first floor.

Wednesday 6:30 p.m., Sims Library, room 240, “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music.” A brief film documentary and discussion will focus on blues and gospel music.

Feb. 26, 2 p.m., D. Vickers, room 309, “La Negritude,” a lecture by Languages and Communication Instructor Aileen Mootoo. La Negritude was a literacy and ideological movement led by francophone black intellectuals, writers and politicians. The founders of La Négritude, known as les trois pères (the three fathers), were originally from three different French colonies in Africa and the Caribbean but met while living in Paris in the early 1930s.

Feb. 27, 5 p.m., Hammond Regional Arts Center (217 E. Thomas St.), “Where’s the Swag in Graphic Design?” — a survey of African-American graphic designers, including current designers, who have made significant contributions to the discipline.

A complete list of Black History Month programs is available at http://www.southeastern.edu/misa. For more information, call the MISA office at (985) 549-3850.