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Getting Ready to Teach “Twelve Years a Slave” and the Slave Narrative Tradition

For anyone who thinks that they know slavery—you read that book and you do a double take. It was just stunning to me that I'd never known about it. In fact, the majority of the people who I spoke to about the story had no idea about it. I was like, How did I not know about this book?— Interview with filmmaker Steve McQueenRead More »
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Mardi Gras ~ masks and more!

Mardi Gras is the love of life. It is the harmonic convergence of our food, our music, our creativity, our eccentricity, our neighborhoods, and our joy of living. All at once. – Chris Rose, 1Dead in the AtticRead More »

12 Years a Slave and Other Forgotten Stories from Black History

by Laurel Sneed, the creator of Crafting Freedom (www.craftingfreedom.org), is an educator, researcher, and media producer/film-maker based in Durham, North Carolina.Read More »
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A President’s Birthday Salute! The National Library of Medicine Prescribes George Washington

"George Washington and Family" painting, 1858–1860
Patricia Tuohy, Head, Exhibition Program, National Library of Medicine. Patricia holds a B.F.A. in painting and an M.A. in art history. Engaged in developing exhibitions for over 25 years, she has led the Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine since its inception in 1996.Read More »
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