In recognition of Black History Month and the Winter Olympics, the AUM Library is highlighting African American Olympic athletes. Check out the link below for some great Olympic moments featuring some amazing athletes!
“Great Olympic Moments – Olympic achievements of African American athletes”
MUHAMMAD ALI — In one of the most dramatic, surprising and emotional moments in Olympic history, Muhammad Ali, a former heavyweight champion and 1960 Olympic gold medalist, shocked the world when he stepped out of the darkness and accepted the Olympic torch to light the Olympic caldron during the opening ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996.
JESSE OWENS — With Adolf Hitler looking on, Jesse Owens’ record-breaking performance at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, at the time the international symbol of racism and fascism, shattered the German dictator’s theory of Aryan supremacy. He won gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter runs, broad jump (now called long jump) and the 400-meter relay. By the time Owens reached the victors’ stand to receive his medals, Hitler and his entourage had left the stadium.
WlLMA RUDOLPH — At the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Wilma Rudolph captured the world’s attention and gained international stardom when she became the first American woman to win three gold medals at one Olympiad. Rudolph, who had overcome a bout with polio as a child, won gold in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and the 400-meter relay.
MILTON CAMPBELL — At the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, Milton Campbell earned a place in Olympic history when he became the first Black to win the decathlon, and with that victory goes the title of “world’s greatest athlete.”
In celebration of Black History Month, the AUM library is featuring books by African American women writers from the 19th century. The following is an excerpt from the Digital Schomburg African American Women Writers of the 19th Century: check out their website for biographies of these amazing women.
African American Women Writers of the 19thCentury
Howard Dodson, Chief
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
The New York Public Library
The nineteenth century was a formative period in African-American literary and cultural history. Prior to the Civil War, the majority of black Americans living in the United States were held in bondage. Law and practice forbade teaching blacks from learning to read or write. Even after the war, many of the impediments to learning and literary productivity remained. Nevertheless, black men and women of the nineteenth century learned to both read and write. Moreover, more African-Americans than we yet realize turned their observations, feelings, social viewpoints, and creative impulses into published works. In time, this nineteenth-century printed record included poetry, short stories, histories, narratives, novels, autobiographies, social criticism, and theology, as well as economic and philosophical treatises. Unfortunately, much of this body of literature remained, until very recently, relatively inaccessible to twentieth-century scholars, teachers, creative artists, and others interested in black life. Prior to the late 1960s, most Americans (black as well as white) had never heard of these nineteenth-century authors, much less read their works.
Love is in the air this week at the AUM Library! In honor of the upcoming day of love, we’ve chosen some romantic novels to help set the mood. Check out these titles and more at the AUM Library.
By Charlotte Bronte
This book can be found on the 5th floor
PQ8180.17 .A73 A8345 2005
Part fairytale, part Gothic horror, part love story, Jane Eyre remains one of the most compelling novels ever written. After running away from her unloving and cruel aunt, the orphaned Jane endures a harsh existence at an Evangelical school, where she at least finds some friends and kindness. When she comes of age, she takes a position as governess to the children of the moody, Byronic Mr. Rochester. As time passes, she begins to fall deeply in love with her magnetic employer…but soon realizes that both he and his dark and shadowy mansion hide a terrible secret.
Ever since its publication in 1847, Jane Eyre has enthralled every kind of reader, from the most critical and cultivated to the youngest and most unabashedly romantic. It lives as one of the great triumphs of storytelling and as a moving and unforgettable portrayal of a woman’s quest for self-respect.
Love in the Time of Cholera
By Gabriel Garcia Marquez
This book can be found on the 5th floor
PQ8180.17 .A73 A8345 2005
While delivering a message to her father, Florentino Ariza spots the barely pubescent Fermina Daza and immediately falls in love. What follows is the story of a passion that extends over 50 years, as Fermina is courted solely by letter, decisively rejects her suitor when he first speaks, and then joins the urbane Dr. Juvenal Urbino, much above her station, in a marriage initially loveless but ultimately remarkable in its strength. Florentino remains faithful in his fashion; paralleling the tale of the marriage is that of his numerous liaisons, all ultimately without the depth of love he again declares at Urbino’s death. In substance and style not as fantastical, as mythologizing, as the previous works, this is a compelling exploration of the myths we make of love.
By Nora Roberts
This book can be found on the 2nd floor in the Browsing Collection
Cilla McGowan always sold the properties she bought and then rebuilt, but this time Cilla planned on keeping the place for herself. Cilla knew restoring her grandmother’s retreat in the Shenandoah Valley would take lots of time, money, and hard work since no one had lived there since Cilla’s grandmother—glamorous Hollywood actress Janet Hardy—committed suicide 30 years ago. What Cilla hadn’t factored into her plans was just how distracting her sexy new neighbor, graphic novelist Ford Sawyer, would be. Or that after Cilla discovers a packet of her grandmother’s letters, someone in the small town will stop at nothing to keep some secrets buried in the past. Once again the extraordinarily imaginative, prolific, and popular Roberts creates a cast of magnetic and superbly nuanced characters and a cleverly ordered plot spiced with subtle suspense and sexy romance. She also evinces a dry wit that serves to enhance the sheer pleasure of her latest completely captivating novel of danger and desire
Celebrate Black History Month by exploring articles from the Encyclopedia Britannica.
In celebration of Black History Month, the AUM Library is highlighting Black Superheroes in comics, video games, television, and movies. Check out our elevator flyers for information on Green Lantern, Storm, War Machine, and Black Lightning. You can also check out the Museum of Black Superheroes at http://www.blacksuperhero.com/history.html