February is African American History Month. Before the month is over, take some time to see what Copley Library has for you to read and study throughout the year.
Omar Ibn Said, born in West Africa in 1770, was abducted and sold into slavery in the United States in 1807. In 1831, he wrote a history of his life. You can read his words, translated, with interpretation and contextual essays, in A Muslim American slave : the life of Omar Ibn Said / translated from the Arabic, edited, and with an introduction by Ala Alryyes.
March is the three-volume graphic memoir of Congressman John Lewis, who celebrates a birthday tomorrow, February 21. The three books span Congressman Lewis’ personal history with the civil rights movement, from his childhood and introduction to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to his awarding of the Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama.
Take a look back at Hidden human computers : the black women of NASA / by Sue Bradford Edwards and Duchess Harris, JD, PHD. Last February, Dr. Harris spoke at a wonderful event at Copley Library, as well as an event at the San Diego Public Library, about her grandmother’s experiences working for NASA. This year, the featured book and author for this partnership series of events is Pushout : the criminalization of Black girls in schools by Monique W. Morris. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Morris to Copley Library and hope that you can join us! Registration is free and open to the San Diego community: bit.ly/USDMorris.