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EOLS announces Black Freedom Struggle database, Black History Month events

The Eastern Oklahoma Library System is proud to launch a new ProQuest website: Black Freedom Struggle in the United States: Challenges and Triumphs in the Pursuit of Equality.

This new website features expertly selected open primary source documents such as historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.

Users can read lectures about the abolitionist movement or law texts about the Civil Rights Movement. They can research law cases from the contemporary era of civil rights legislation or scroll through featured documents on human rights, civil disorders and famous speeches like the Emancipation Proclamation or Frederick Douglass’ My Bondage and My Freedom.

“We are so pleased to offer this extensive collection of primary source documents for researchers, educators, historians and anyone interested in furthering their understanding of the history and struggle of America’s Black community,” said Mary Moroney, Eastern Oklahoma Library Systems executive director. “We hope this access to these documents will bring light to the history of Black Americans and help others to understand their story.”

To access the ProQuest website and database, click here.

System-wide Black History Month program highlights Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial
EOLS will host a virtual program, The Story of the Tulsa Race Massacre with speaker and historian Jimmie White, Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m.

At the event, White will discuss the history and background of the single worst incident of racial violence in American history, which marks its centennial this year. In addition, he will provide the latest information on the findings of the graves of victims in Tulsa.

Click here to register for the event.

Kansas and ChecotahEOLS branches showcase Tulsa Race Massacre pictorial exhibit
The Tulsa Historical Society presents a traveling pictorial exhibit on the Tulsa Race Massacre at the Hulbert Community Library through February.

The Tulsa Historical Society & Museum created the traveling exhibit on the history of the Greenwood area in Tulsa and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre to educate the Tulsa community and surrounding communities in Oklahoma.

The exhibit will begin at the Kansas and Checotah libraries to mark Black History Month, and it will travel to several other branch locations in the coming months to commemorate the centennial of the Massacre. A virtual tour and lecture with special guest Jimmie White is available on the Checotah Library Facebook Page:  click here.

Click here for more information on the Tulsa Race Massacre Traveling Exhibit. And for more information on the events surrounding the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, click here.

Online screening of “Children of the Civil Rights”
EOLS will present an online screening of the film “Children of the Civil Rights,” which tells the true story of a group of black children in Oklahoma City who went into restaurants and asked for service. For six years before the 1964 Civil Rights Act, they went to every Oklahoma City restaurant except for one. Fifty years later, this documentary shares their six-year odyssey to freedom.

Click here to learn more about “Children of the Civil Rights.” Click here to view the livestream on Thursday, February 18 at 10 a.m.

If you have any questions about the ProQuest website or how to participate in these Black History Month events, contact your branch location for more information.

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