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  • Martin Luther King, Jr
    Posted on: Monday, January 18, 2016

    Today we join in celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., one of America's greatest civil rights leaders. Whether you're taking part in the Silent March, performing a service or other local activities today, check out some of these library resources to learn more about the man behind the holiday.

  • Posted on: Thursday, August 21, 2014

    Provides access to historic U.S. military records, including the stories, photos and personal documents of the men and women who served. You can also search archives for African Americans, Native Americans and the U.S. Bureau of Investigation case files, historical newspapers, historical documents, U.S. Census records, U.S. naturalization records, and city directories.

  • Posted on: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    Search hundreds of African American newspapers from across the United States published during the 19th and 20th centuries.

  • Posted on: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    Covers more than 500 years of African-American history using biographies, primary sources, images, videos, timelines, maps, and charts.

  • Posted on: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    Search historical records for African Americans that include the Federal Census, Marriage and Cohabitation Records, Military Draft and Service Records, Registers of Slaves and Free(d) Persons of Color, Freedman's Bank, and more.

  • Posted on: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

    It may be hard to believe now but as recently as 1967, black students and faculty members at the University of Oklahoma were not only not welcome on campus, but were actually threatened. OU’s third black professor, Dr. George Henderson, has written about the racial battles fought and, mostly, won in his memoir “Race and the University.”

  • Posted on: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    Dr. Carter G. Woodson is known as “the Father of Black History,” and a documentary film featuring the reminiscences of historian Dr. John Hope Franklin will screen at Ralph Ellison Library, 2000 NE 23rd (424-1437) on Thursday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Posted on: Tuesday, February 04, 2014

    Everyone has a voice and it deserves to be heard.

  • Posted on: Thursday, January 23, 2014

    In celebration of Black History Month, this February the Metropolitan Library System is once again partnering with Rhythmically Speaking to present a new play by Oklahoma City playwright DWe Williams, “Nothing But Mercy: A Private Room Please!”

    It’s the story of two strong women who never met but together pioneered a compassionate new way of life by undermining a cruel old one.

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