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February 2007

What’s New · African American Community History

This year, in honor of Black History Month, the History & Genealogy Department is hosting a three-part lecture series highlighting African American communities throughout history. These lectures will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the Huenefeld Tower Room (South Building, 3rd floor) of the Main Library.

Saturday, February 3

portrait of Timonth Pinnick Developing the Genealogy of an African American Community: A Case Study
Frequently, local histories fail to record accounts of African American communities. Nationally renowned speaker and researcher Timonth Pinnick uses genealogical records to uncover the forgotten past. He will present methods for developing a research strategy, collecting and recording information, and constructing a database that reveals migration patterns, identifies family relationships, and establishes community history.

Saturday, February 10

portrait of Dr. Nikki Taylor

Cincinnati’s Black Community in the Pre-Civil War Era
Faced with hostile city environment and a state constitution that denied African American citizenship, early nineteenth century Cincinnati Blacks developed a strong sense of community. Dr. Nikki Taylor, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati, Fulbright Fellowship and Mellon Grant recipient, author of Frontiers of Freedom: Cincinnati’s Black Community, 1802-68, explores the process by which former slaves developed political self-respect and self-determination.

Saturday, February 17

portrait of Hasker Nelson Cincinnati’s Black Owned Businesses: Back in the Day
During the pre-integration decades of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, Cincinnati was home to scores of thriving black-owned businesses in clearly defined African American communities. Hasker Nelson, founder/president of Heritage Research Creations, award-winning journalist, and author of Listening for Our Past: A Lay Guide to African American Oral History Interviewing, will deliver a mult-media presenation on these community leaders.

Related Resources

The African American community has made significant contributions to the history and culture of the U.S. Here is a sampling of items in our Library spanning a wide variety of topics, such as civil rights, genealogy, business, music, literature, and the military.

Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High
Melba Beal

Barefootin’: Life Lessons from the Road to Freedom
Unita Blackwell

The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South
John W. Blassingame

Black Roots: A Beginner’s Guide to Tracing the African American Tree
Tony Burroughs

African American Women and Social Action: The Clubwomen and Volunteerism from Jim Crow to the New Deal, 1896-1936
Floris Loretta Barnett Cash

Cincinnati’s Colored Citizens: Historical, Sociological and Biographical
Wendell Phillips Dabney

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