January 2018

What’s New · Black History Month Programs at the Main Library

Throughout history women have had to fight obstacles to power and to overcome perceptions of their role in society. This February, the Main Library will showcase African-American women who refused to take a limited role, and became leaders who made a difference in the Cincinnati community. All programs will take place in the Reading Garden Lounge on the first floor of the South Building at Main Library.

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Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs

Saturday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m.
Historian John Harshaw and members of the Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women talk about one of the oldest African-American women’s organizations in the U.S. Established in 1904 with a mission to cultivate and educate women; the federation had 40 chapters by the 1950s. The women established day cares, cultural art groups, and scholarship awards. They also provided clothes and food for needy families, and volunteers for hospitals and retirement homes. The program also looks at efforts to preserve and renovate the federation’s clubhouse, a Samuel Hannaford-designed mansion and registered national historic landmark, at 1010 Chapel Street in Walnut Hills.

Marian Spencer: Keep on Fighting

Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m.
Join biographer Dorothy H. Christenson for a talk about Cincinnati legend, Marian Spencer, who achieved not only a number of civic leadership firsts in her adopted home of Cincinnati, but a legacy of lasting Civil Rights victories. Of these, the best-known is the desegregation of Cincinnati’s Coney Island. Her campaign to raise awareness of industrial toxic-waste practices in minority neighborhoods was later adapted into national Superfund legislation.

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Miss Black Cincinnati and Miss Black Teen Cincinnati Pageants

Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.
Thirty-eight years ago, Robert L. Humphries created a pageant that focused on the inner beauty of the contestants and valued young African-American women for their brains. His goal was the promotion of such characteristics as poise, intellect and talent. Humphries and former contestants discuss on the history of these pageants and the impact that it has made on individual lives and on the community.

Library branches are also holding a variety of events to celebrate Black History Month. To learn more, visit our programs calendar.