Black History Month Exhibit On Display in Moody Library

Feb. 10, 2004

'What you wantaby I got/ What you need /Do you know I got it?/All I'm askins for a little respectÉ'

The popular Aretha Franklin lyric adequately describes the sentiment of the 'Celebrating African American History and Heritage' exhibit displayed so boldly in the Allbritton Foyer of Moody Memorial Library. Library staff members Janet Pence, Susan Bowlin, Lesley Wilson and Ethel Walton highlighted three areas where African-American women have excelled in society: literature, the arts and politics. Drawing materials from the library, authors such as Maya Angelou, Alice Walker and Toni Morrison are featured.

Materials from Crouch Fine Arts Library are featured in the 'African-American Women in the Arts' section. Some items displayed include 'Aretha's Greatest Hits' vinyl record and the Alicia Keys CD. The Baylor Collection of Political Materials provided books for the exhibit including Condi: The Condoleezza Rice Story and books about Victoria Woodhull, the first African-American woman to run for president.

Walton says they strayed away from featuring popular African-American male athletes to celebrate African-American month in a unique way by featuring often overlooked African-American women who were unprecedented in their accomplishments. The exhibit will remain in the foyer until Feb. 26.

Ñ Katie Dunlap, Library Advancement student assistant