Honoring the Life & Work of Zelma Watson George

An Exhibit and Program Saturday, March 25, 2017 • 2:00 p.m. Main Library, Special Collections, 3rd floor Honor the life and work of Dr. Zelma Watson George (1903–94). Dr. George was a sociologist, musicologist and performer who broke the color barrier on Broadway in 1950. She came to Cleveland to research African-American music using the resources at the Cleveland Public…

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Anand Giridharadas: A Tale of Two Americas

In his TED talk, Anand Giridharadas described the two Americas through the experience of a Bangladeshi immigrant and the American who, in the aftermath of 9/11, targeted him and other immigrants in a fury of murder and hatred. Today, it is more important than ever to examine and understand the two Americas as immigration issues take center stage on the…

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Roll, Jordan, Roll

Text by Julia Peterkin; photographic studies by Doris Ulmann New York: 1933 Special Edition. The photographs of Roll, Jordan, Roll were created by Doris Ulmann (1882-1934) in collaboration with novelist Julia Peterkin, a project that began in 1929.  They wished to document the lives of former slaves of South Carolina and their descendants. Ulmann studied with Lewis Hine (1874-1940), a…

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A Visit with Charles M. Blow

As a New York Times Op-Ed columnist since 2008, Charles Blow shares his perspectives on politics, public opinion and social justice in America today. He has been ranked on The Root’s list of the 100 most influential African-Americans and is the author of a stirring memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones (2014). Saturday, February 18, 2017 • 2:00 p.m.…

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The Euclid Beach Park Corporation Papers, 1905-1969

The Cleveland Public Library’s Special Collections department has a collection of papers related to Euclid Beach Park and the Humphrey family. The amusement park first opened in 1894, but initially failed. The Humphrey family, who had a popcorn stand in the park, took over the management in 1901. The park became very popular, but eventually closed in 1969 due to…

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