Black History Month events feature author, Black Library on campus

Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - Author Danielle McGuire will deliver a Black History Month lecture titled “At the Dark End of the Street: Sexual Violence and the Civil Rights Movement—A New History,” at Grinnell College, Wed., Feb. 23, at 4:15 p.m. in Alumni Recitation Hall, Room 302.

McGuire’s lecture is based on her first book, “At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance—A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power,” published last year. In 2006, McGuire, who is assistant professor of history at Wayne State University, published the essay “It Was Like We Were All Raped: Sexualized Violence, Community Mobilization and the African American Freedom Struggle” in the “Best Essays in American History” anthology.

Burling Library will also host a Black History Month event featuring the college’s Black Library. The Feb. 9 event at 8 p.m. in Burling Library on Grinnell’s central campus will explore the 1970s student actions that led to the creation of the Black Library, a collection focused on African American culture and history.

The Black History Month events are co-sponsored by Concerned Black Students; the Departments of History and Sociology; the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Program; Grinnell College Libraries; Intercultural Student Affairs; and the Office of Diversity and Achievement. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. If accommodations are needed, please contact the event’s sponsoring organization as soon as possible to make a request.

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