The Many Faces of Manual Exhibit
On Display November 1- December 30
Blair-Caldwell Branch Library - Cousins Gallery - Level 3
The Old Gives Way....To the New
Manual High School is located in the historic Whittier neighborhood in Denver, Colorado. The school opened in 1892 and was one of the first schools to educate women and African Americans. Manual has a very diverse range of notable alumni including the first and second African American Mayors of Denver - Wellington Webb and Michael Hancock - and activist Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales. Explore the rich and impressive history of Manual High School.
Program and Reception:
Saturday, November 7, 1 p.m.
Guests are invited to bring Manual memorabilia that you wish to donate to the Blair-Caldwell Library.
November 2, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
November 9, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
November 16, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Military and civilian community members are invited to join five facilitated conversations inspired by excerpts collected in an anthology by Huts for Vets Director, Paul Andersen. Each participant will receive a “War Stories” reader that includes excerpts from authors and historical figures such as Shakespeare, Lincoln, Remarque, Kipling and Hemingway, as well as contemporary work by soldiers who have recently served in the Middle East. Participants in the conversation will be invited to share their insights and personal experiences.
RSVP please to Gina Huett at 303-894-7951 x 13 or email@example.com
War Stories is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Standing Together initiative, which seeks to promote understanding of the military experience and support for returning veterans through the lens of the Humanities.
Book Signing Event
Remnants: A Memoir of Spirit, Activism and Mothering is a collaboration between Rachel and her mother, Rosemarie Freeney Harding. The book explores the role of compassion in African American activism drawing from stories of Rosemarie’s family history; from her ancestral traditions of healing and the streams of mystic spirituality in her life; and from her work with her husband, Vincent, who was her partner in more than 40 years of social justice organizing. Author will be selling copies of her book. Light Refreshments served.
Harding has an M.F.A. in English and Creative Writing from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the author of A Refuge in Thunder: Candomblé and Alternative Spaces of Blackness, a history of the nineteenth century development of the Afro-Brazilian religion candomblé. She has presented numerous papers on candomblé, Afro-Atlantic and Afro-Latin religions, and poetry, and her essay, "What Part of the River You're In: African American Women in Devotion to Òsun," appeared in Òsun Across the Waters: A Yoruba Goddess in Africa and the Americas. Harding is also an accomplished poet, and her poetry has been published in Callaloo, Chelsea, Feminist Studies, The International Review of African American Art, Hambone, and in several anthologies.
Harding currently teaches classes on religion at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. She has also taught religion and African-American studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the Executive Director of The Veterans of Hope Project: A Center for the Study of Religion and Democratic Renewal at the Iliff School of Theology. The Veterans for Hope Project documents the life stories of community organizers, creative artists, religious leaders, and educators who have been active for many years in movements for compassionate social change. Through educational videos, public forums, workshops, retreats, consultations, and cultural events, the Project passes on the values, faith, and practices that have guided these "Veterans" in their work, with the goal of encouraging a healing-centered approach to community-building that recognizes the interconnectedness of spirit, creativity, and citizenship.
The Denver Public Library’s newest book group, R.A.D.A., will be gathering to discuss with like-minded individuals interested in reading for social consciousness, willing to exchange ideas, and promote discussion through books and community sharing. Open to the public. Light refreshments served.
Saturday, November 14, 2:30 p.m.
Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch
Selected Book, The Griots of Oakland: Voices from the African American Oral History Project compiled and edited By Angela Zusman
Read the stories of Oakland's young African American men as captured by the Center for Healthy Schools and Community. An oral history project that will enrich the lives of community through storytelling.
The issue of race in the military extends from colonial times to the present day. Join Active Minds as we explore a chapter of this story from World War II: The Tuskegee Airmen. This group of African American pilots were the first black military aviators in the U.S. Armed Forces. We will tell their story of struggle and triumph and bring this issue into a current context.
Poetry & Pancakes is a monthly writing workshop open to all ages. Each program is coordinated by the award-winning and Denver-based literary organization Slam NUBA all to the tune of a wonderful breakfast.
Slam NUBA is a nationally recognized award-winning organization that focuses on literacy, mentorship and competitive based poetry. The mission of Slam NUBA is to promote the creation and performance of poetry, by cultivating literacy activities and engaging the community, fixated on the power of the written and spoken word in Denver, Colorado.
For more information contact the Blair-Caldwell Branch Library at 720-865-2401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Engage programming is adult and family programming located at branch libraries throughout the city of Denver. These programs include crafting, music, history, authors and more. All of our events can be found on the Denver Public Library events calendar and our programming brochure (which are distributed to all of our branch locations).