Black History Displays in Ellis Library

The following exhibits are on display in the first floor colonnade of Ellis Library.

The Fight for Educational Equality Envisioned in Editorial Cartoons
In the 1930s, 40s and 50s a rash of court cases challenged the legitimacy of the “separate but equal” doctrine that justified segregation in U.S. schools. This resulted in the gradual integration of many state universities, including the University of Missouri in 1950. In 1954 the Supreme Court declared “separate but equal” unconstitutional, yet several state governors openly defied court orders to integrate. This exhibition presents examples of original editorial cartoons from the art collection of The State Historical Society of Missouri that document this tumultuous period.


Letter from Birmingham City Jail
This exhibit contains the printed text of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham City Jail alongside eight serigraph prints by Faith Ringgold that illustrate this foundational text of the Civil rights movement. Faith Ringgold is an American artist and activist known primarily for her narrative quilts, which draw on a traditional art form to express her experience as an African American woman. Produced in 2007 for the Limited Editions Club, the book contains eight original serigraphs by Ringgold alongside a beautifully printed text by King. Special Collections has copies 119 and 132 from an edition of 400.


Legion of Black Collegians at Mizzou
This exhibit examines the early history of the Legion of Black Collegians at Mizzou throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

Black History Month at MU
In honor of 2017 Black History Month, this exhibit looks at how MU has celebrated Black History Month in the past.


Reference Display: Rock and Roll

Head over to the Reference Desk at Ellis Library for a weekly display of reference or other non-circulating materials.

This week, encyclopedias of rock and roll are on display. The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll includes biographical information, catalogs of musical recordings, and evaluations of performers’ place in rock history. The six-volume set The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History covers: the early years, 1951-1959; folk, pop, mods, and rockers, 1960-1966; the rise of album rock, 1967-1973; from arenas to the underground, 1974-1980; the video generation, 1981-1990; and the grunge and post-grunge years, 1991-2005. Each volume is a historical snapshot of the era, including photos, timelines, and resources guides. Find out more about your favorite rock stars this week!

 

Jennifer Gravley

Reference and Instruction Librarian

Black History Month 2017

During February, the University of Missouri celebrates black history and culture. This year's theme is Focus on Black Education. For more information about events, scroll the Black History Month 2017 Calendar: missouri.edu/blackhistory/

Black History Trivia FUNraiser

Join your friends at Ellis Library for an evening of fun, facts, food and friendly competition, at the third annual Black History Month Trivia Night. Form a team, choose a local charity to support, prepare to show what you know, and come out enriched with more knowledge. 

Suggested donation is $20 per team member, $10 for students/low income, donated at the event.

Also, don't forget to check out our MU Libraries Twitter feed for daily #OnThisDay tweets about black history that occurred across decades during the month of February: twitter.com/MULibraries

Black History Month 2017

During February, the University of Missouri celebrates black history and culture. This year's theme is Focus on Black Education. For more information about events, scroll the Black History Month 2017 Calendar: missouri.edu/blackhistory/

This year, two Black History Month events are take place in Ellis Library:

  • From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

     

    Speaker: Keeanga-Yamatta Taylor
    In her new book, activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and black unemployment. In this context, she argues that this new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for black liberation.

    Taylor is assistant professor of African American studies at Princeton University. She is working on a book, Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis of the 1970s. She earned a Ph.D from the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University in 2013, and was the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

     

     

  • Black History Trivia FUNraiser

     

    Join your friends at Ellis Library for an evening of fun, facts, food and friendly competition, at the third annual Black History Month Trivia Night. Form a team, choose a local charity to support, prepare to show what you know, and come out enriched with more knowledge. 

    Suggested donation is $20 per team member, $10 for students/low income, donated at the event.

     

     

Also, don't forget to check out our MU Libraries Twitter feed for daily #OnThisDay tweets about black history that occurred across decades during the month of February: twitter.com/MULibraries

Color Our Collections 2017

Color Our Collections is back! We're going to be releasing coloring sheets as the week progresses this year, so make sure to come back and check this page regularly.  Our first set of coloring pages is adapted from Hesperides, sive, De malorvm avreorvm cvltvra et vsv libri quatuor by Giovanni Battista Ferrari, published in 1646.  This book is all about growing citrus fruits, and we thought the weird and wonderful illustrations of lemons, oranges, and fruits we can't quite identify would brighten up your winter day.

We'll have some art nouveau/Jugendstil offerings, medieval costumes, and more for you throughout this week, including some bookmarks to cut out and color. If you're in Columbia, be sure to stop by the coloring table on the first floor of Ellis Library to pick up coloring pages and show off your work.

 

Thurnier Buch Coloring Book 
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 Jugendstil Bookmarks Coloring Book 
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Hesperides Coloring Book 
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University Libraries Undergraduate Research Contest Call for Submissions

Fast Facts:

  • All undergraduates are invited to submit a class research project from 2016.
  • Prizes: One $500 scholarship for first prize and one $250 scholarship for second prize will be awarded to an individual or group project. The winners will have their projects archived in MOspace, MU’s digital repository, and will have the opportunity to participate in a research presentation session at Ellis Library.

Acceptable research project formats include:

Traditional research papers · Musical compositions  · Works of art 
Videos · Websites  ·  Other creative works  

Submissions must have been researched using the resources of the MU Libraries.

The project will be judged primarily on sophistication of the research process and the materials used as documented by a Research Process Statement and a Faculty Support Statement. More information is available at http://libraryguides.missouri.edu/researchcontest/.

The deadline for submission of all materials is March 13, 2017.

Contest winners will be notified by April 3.

Grand Reopening of Bookmark Cafe, Feb. 7

Join us from 10 to 11:30 am on Feb. 7 for the Grand Reopening of Bookmark Cafe in Ellis Library. Over the winter break, the Bookmark Cafe was renovated thanks to funding provided by the Student Fee Capital Improvement Committee. Come check out the new seating and outlets available for your study needs. In addition, the Cafe now features Harold's Doughnuts! During this event there will be free coffee and samples of Harold's Doughnuts.

This Week in Black History, Woolworth Sit-In

On February 1, 1960, four black students from the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University went to the segregated lunch counter at the Woolworth Store in Greensboro, North Carolina where they responded to being denied service by remaining at the counter until closing. The sit-in grew in size and scope eventually leading to the official desegregation of Woolworth lunch counters throughout the South, making it one of the most memorable and impactful efforts of the Civil Rights Movement.

The theme for this year's Black History Month at MU is Focus on Black Education. This year's calendar has many great events including a lecture and discussion with Keeanga-Yamatta Taylor on February 8th at Ellis Library, a concert by the LBC Gospel Choir and the Oakwood University Aeolians on February 17th, and an event on February 24th celebrating Monica Hand and Nina Simone. More details on events are included on the 2017 Black History Month calendar. For more information contact the Department of Black Studies at blackstudies@missouri.edu.

Black History Month

We are so excited about the great display of books that our own Student Information assistant, Terrance Purdy put together for us in celebration of Black History Month. Come by and check out all his wonderful choices! 

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Staff Picks Display

Stop by Ellis Library to take a look at books and movies recommended by MU Libraries staff. The display is near the Reference Desk, and all items on display are available for check out. Bring home poetry, a DVD, a novel, non-fiction, and more!

Jennifer Gravley

Reference and Instruction Librarian