"On September 4, 1957, four CMS applicants became the first African-American students to integrate four separate all-White public schools. Gus Roberts integrated Central High School and graduated in 1959. Other students who helped to integrate CMS that year were Dorothy Counts-Scoggins (Harding High School), Delois Huntley (Alexander Graham Junior High School), and Girvaud Roberts, sister of Gus Roberts (Piedmont Junior High School). “Of the four students, only Gus Roberts graduated from the school that he helped to integrate."
Excerpted from New Exhibit Explores the Desegregation of Charlotte Schools
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Newly added Films on Demand titles for this month can be found here. 259 new titles were recently added, covering a wide variety of subjects. Be sure to check back next month for more new titles!
Black History Month began as a single week in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson to recognize and celebrate the rich cultural heritage and contributions of black Americans. Every year the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) selects a national theme to bring attention to important developments in the Black narrative that merit emphasis. This year the ASALH has chosen to focus on Resistance. Black people have sought ways to nurture and protect Black lives, and for autonomy of their physical and intellectual bodies through armed resistance, voluntary emigration, nonviolence, education, literature, sports, media, and legislation/politics. Black led institutions and affiliations have lobbied, litigated, legislated, protested, and achieved success.
For more information about Black History Month, check out our exhibit guide.
Streaming video resources from Films on Demand related to Black resistance. You may be prompted to enter your Central Piedmont login for access.
Central Piedmont Library has several resources relevant to Black History Month. Check them out below!
African American Poetry – The early history of African American poetry, from the first recorded poem by an African American (Lucy Terry Prince’s ‘Bars Fight’, c.1746) to the major poets of the nineteenth century, including Paul Laurence Dunbar and Frances Ellen Watkins
Black Freedom Struggle in the United States: A Selection of Primary Sources - Black Freedom Struggle in the United States contains approximately 1,600 primary source documents focused on six different phases of Black Freedom:
Black Studies Videos from Alexander Street - Over 1,800 videos covering all aspects of Black studies, including theatre, literature, and civil rights.
Black Thought and Culture - Black Thought and Culture contains approximately 100,000 pages of non-fiction writings by major American black leaders—teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, war veterans, entertainers, and other figures—covering 250 years of history.
If you have any questions about the use of these resources, you can contact the library at 704.330.6885.