Local artist Jamaal Durr will talk about how Black culture has influenced his own art and give a brief demonstration. This program will be limited to 10 kids. Registration is required.
Dr. Gene Andrew Jarrett, author of The Life and Times of a Caged Bird, will tell the fascinating story of how Dunbar, born during Reconstruction to formerly enslaved parents, excelled against all odds to become an accomplished and versatile artist. Dr. Jarrett is Dean of the Faculty and William S. Tod Professor of English at Princeton University.
He has also authored Representing the Race: A New Political History of African American Literature and Deans and Truants: Race and Realism in African American Literature. He is also the co-editor of The Collected Novels of Paul Laurence Dunbar and The Complete Stories of Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Visit Dr. Jarrett's website or @GeneJarrett on Twitter for more information and updates. This program is in partnership with the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical park and is sponsored by Friends of the Dayton Metro Library.
Learn tips and resources with the creator and founder of EXP•IT clothing line, Jemichael Blanton. EXP•IT provides a unique custom style of athletic clothing not for just athletes but everyone. The brand is centered on encouraging everyone to be themselves and to understand how/why your unique difference is needed in the world.
Mapping Equity in Dayton, a traveling exhibit developed by a team at Sinclair, uses maps along with current and historical data to show how communities today are still affected by redlining, a 1930s U.S. government practice that ranked neighborhoods and then used color-coded maps to decide who could receive subsidized housing loans and other resources.
Join Professor Myla Cardona-Jones of Sinclair College to find out how this government-sponsored policy was responsible for large scale disinvestment in black and brown communities and how redlining's legacy is still felt today.
About the presenter: Myla Cardona-Jones, J.D. is Assistant Professor and Project Coordinator in the Law and Public Safety Department at Sinclair College. She presents both locally and nationally on topics of race, bias, equity, ethics, and understanding your rights, and is currently teaching a free course open to the community entitled "Race and the Law."
Presenter Karen D. Brame of DML’s Special Collections invites guests on a visual journey of various periods, themes, and pieces of art created by Black artists in the United States, spanning from the early 20th century to contemporary times.
This program will celebrate and uplift the five pillars of hip hop: MC’ing, DJ’ing, Breakdancing, Graffiti, and Knowledge. It will feature live DJs mixing the jams and keeping vibes high, local talents showcasing their skills with musical performances, and more!
This program will celebrate and uplift the five pillars of hip hop: MC’ing, DJ’ing, Breakdancing, Graffiti, and Knowledge. It will feature live DJs mixing the jams and keeping vibes high, local talents showcasing their skills with musical performances, and more! This exhibit is sponsored by Friends of the Dayton Metro Library
Receive direct exposure to Graffiti, an aspect of art that is heavily utilized in the realm of Hip Hop.
Explore our community’s African American entrepreneurs: see what services they offer and learn how they began their businesses.
Using expressive dance accompanied by music, singing, spoken word, and student engagement, The Skin I'm In... explores the importance of self-awareness, respect for individualism, and the understanding that all voices matter. DCDC dancers will present an original program that considers how our individual identities affect change throughout culture and society.
Dayton Metro Library is pleased to provide specialized research databases on many topics. The databases below focus on historical records devoted to Black Culture and History. You can find even more tools specividally for genealogical research here, these tools inlcude the resoruces below, plus Ancestry.com, FOLD3, Dayton Daily News Archives, and local obiturary databases. You can explore them all here.