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1619 - 2019: Commemorating 400 Years of African American History

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As part of its series of events commemorating 400 years of African American history, the SJR State Library is sharing its collection of Coretta Scott King Book Award winners and honorees. Community members are welcome to borrow them. 

In addition, SJR State librarians will visit local summer programs to offer programming built around the Coretta Scott King Book Award winners and honorees.  

Event Dates and Locations

June 26 and July 3 at South Woods Elementary School

Beryl White-Bing and Andrew Macfarlane will present our program, Flying to Freedom, to students enrolled at South Woods summer program. View the lesson plan:

Check out pictures from these events! 

Day 1: Tar Beach

Day 2: The People Could Fly

Celebration • Education • Reflection

H.R.1242/Public Law 115-102, the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act, establishes 2019 as a year of "commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies, at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619."  The commemoration is intended “to recognize and highlight the resilience and contributions of African-Americans since 1619; to acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination had on the United States; and to educate the public about the arrival of Africans in the United States; and the contributions of African-Americans to the United States.” In recognition of this commemoration and with the Act serving as a guide, the SJR State Library has organized a year-long series of events that will provide educational experiences and resources to students and the community that celebrate the history and culture of African Americans.

Site created and maintained by Dr. Christina Will. Pages will be added and maintained throughout 2019.
Maintenance will cease at the end of 2019 but this site will remain accessible.