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Celebrate Black History Month!

Black History Month is here!  Come to the Library to learn about your civil rights, the people who fought for them, and the civil rights challenges we face today!


Civil Rights Trivia Night

When: Tuesday, February 7 @ 6:00pm
Where: Library, First floor, near the Periodicals section
Co-Sponsored by the Purchase College Multicultural Center
How much do you know about your civil rights and the people who fought for them? Come find out at Civil Rights Trivia Night! Free food and prizes! Play on a team of up to four friends, or take on a challenge and go solo.


Great Speeches Night

When: Thursday, February 16 @ 4:00pm
Where: Library, First floor, Music Collection Room
Get inspired by the beauty and power of African American rhetoric with videos and readings of great speeches from American history. Do you have a favorite speech by an African American leader? We want to hear it!
This event is co-sponsored by the Purchase College Multicultural Center.


13th: Film Screening and Discussion

When: Wednesday, March 1 @ 4:30pm
Where: Multicultural Center (Fort Awesome)
Come watch Ava DuVernay’s award-winning documentary 13th, one of the most widely-acclaimed films of 2016. 13th explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, particularly as it pertains to the prison-industrial complex and the disproportional incarceration of African-Americans. Following the film, there will be a discussion led by Purchase College faculty from Literature, Latin American Studies, and Political Science.

Also happening in February…


Don’t Take the Clickbait: Practical Ways to Recognize and Fight Fake News

When: Friday, February 24 @ 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Where: Library Lab 1004D
Purveyors of fake news and “alternative facts” are in the business of disempowering you. At this teach-in, part of the campus-wide “Days of Action and Dialog” series of events, librarians and journalism professors will give you the skills to identify and combat fake news and take your power back.

Plus, check out these book displays!

Activism and Protest – First floor. An intersectional book display from Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter.

Black Writers You Need to Read! - First floor. Poetry, plays, and fiction by black writers.

African American Art – 2nd Floor Reading Room. Collected works on African American artists from the 1700s to today.