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The University of Georgia units normally open on weekends, including the UGA Libraries & the Miller Learning Center, will open at noon Saturday.
The Russell Special Collections Libraries will be open 1-5 pm Saturday as usual.
Libraries units outside of Athens & affected by inclement weather will announce their hours.
The annual exhibit from the Civil War collections in the Hargrett Library this year will focus on the day-to-day lives of women and children, including enslaved women, who were trying to survive without the help of their husbands and sons who were off to war, or in some cases, had been killed.
Among the items on exhibit:
- Very rare letters written by Aggy Mills, a slave in the Howell Cobb Sr. household
- An account book of Mary Ann Lamar Cobb, which details the business of running a household, including clothing bought or made, and the contrasts with costs after the start of the war
- Letters from Mrs. Cobb to her son away at war, reporting on activities at home, including women devoting themselves to sewing uniforms for the soldiers
- A diary of Cyrena Bailey Stone, a Union sympathizer in Atlanta, She writes of food and clothing prices, hospital visits, Union shelling and diatribes against Confederate leaders
A display of women’s clothing from the UGA College and Family and Consumer Sciences Historic Clothing and Textiles Collection is included in the exhibit.
Through March 31.
The Main and Science Libraries will operate with reduced hours in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as follows:
Sunday, January 17 – 1PM to 9PM
Monday, January 18 – CLOSED
Regular semester hours will resume on Tuesday, January 19 – 7:30AM to 2AM.
The friendship between Pauli Murray, a human rights activist, and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is explored in a new book by Patricia Bell-Scott, University of Georgia professor emerita of women’s studies and human development and family science. Bell-Scott will discuss her book, The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice (published by Knopf), Feb. 4 at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
Co-sponsored by the Lucy Hargrett Draper Center and Archives and the Institute for African American Studies, the event, scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., is part of UGA’s Black History Month observance and will launch a national book tour. Prior to the Bell-Scott’s presentation, the African American Choral Ensemble will present a selection of songs under the direction of Dr. Gregory Broughton. A reception will also be held.
As founding editor of SAGE: A Scholarly Journal on Women, Bell-Scott contacted Pauli Murray to serve on its initial editorial board. A comment in Murray’s return letter – “you need to know some of the veterans of the battle whose shoulders you now stand on” – stayed with Bell-Scott, eventually leading to nearly two decades of research and writing that has produced this dual biography. “Pauli’s suggestion sounded like a call in many ways,” Bell-Scott said.
“Once I began reading the correspondence between them, I knew my job was to tell their story,” she said. “I wanted to know what drew together the granddaughter of a mulatto slave reared in North Carolina, and a native New Yorker, whose ancestry entitled her to membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution. I wanted to understand the nature of their unlikely friendship, and how it changed over time. I wondered what individual needs the relationship satisfied, how were they changed by it, and what significance did it have for the cause of social justice.”
Drawing on letters, journals, diaries, published and unpublished manuscripts, and interviews, Bell-Scott gives us the first close-up portrait of this evolving friendship and how it was sustained over time, what each gave to the other, and how their friendship changed the cause of American social justice.
Murray and Roosevelt met after a letter Murray wrote protesting racial segregation in the South made its way to the First Lady.
“I learned that their friendship began in 1938 as a confrontation in words, fueled by Murray’s desire for dramatic social change and the First Lady’s obligation to the measured approach Franklin Roosevelt’s administration took on the question of civil rights,” Bell-Scott said.
Murray was the first African American to receive a doctor of juridical science from Yale, the first black woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest, a key strategist in the fight to preserve Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and a co-founder of the National Organization for Women.
“I am delighted this book is coming out at this particular moment,” Bell-Scott said, citing the 50th anniversary of NOW, the 55th anniversary of President Kennedy’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women that was chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, and the 60th anniversary of Murray’s memoir, Proud Shoes, which many scholars consider the precursor to Alex Hailey’s Roots.
“The friendship between Pauli Murray and Eleanor Roosevelt came to be characterized by honesty, trust, empathy, mutual respect, acceptance, a commitment to hearing the other’s point of view, pleasure in each other’s company, and the ability to pick up where they left off, irrespective of the miles that had separated them or the time lapsed,” Bell-Scott said.
The Curriculum Materials Library will be closed Sunday, January 17th & Monday the 18th for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. The CML is always closed Saturdays. Normal hours are 8:00-8:00 M-Th, 8:00-5:00 Fridays, and 1:00-5:00 Sundays. Visit us in 207 Aderhold Hall for thousands of children’s books & classroom materials. You can also request delivery of CML materials to the Main & Science Libraries by using the “request” link in GIL-FIND.
Billy Weeks, a two-time winner of the Gordon Parks International Photography award, will speak on the influential photographer Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. Weeks’ talk will focus on “the moment where the photographer past interacts with the subject present. In other words, what is it that attracts the photographer to make an image?” he said.
The talk complements an exhibit of photographs from a Life magazine 1956 photo essay on segregation in the South that will be on view in the Hargrett Library Gallery in the Russell Building Jan. 25 – March 31. “Gordon Parks Confronts the Color Line” showed life in African-American communities two years after the Brown v. Board of Education ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Hargrett exhibit is one of a series of exhibitions installed around Athens under the umbrella “Pictures of Us: Photographs from The Do Good Fund Collection,” which is part of the Global Georgia Initiative of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.
“Gordon Parks once said, ‘The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer,’” Weeks said. “He went on to photograph important issues related to social justice.”
“I saw Park’s work early in my journalism career and it struck a nerve. His storytelling offered so many questions that have challenged me to find answerers in my own work. I believe that Gordon Parks has challenged a generation of photographers to be visual humanitarians,” he said.
Weeks has worked as a journalist for over 30 years. His career started with the Chattanooga Times in 1984 as a staff photographer. In 1995, he became the Photo Team Leader, and in 1999 he was named Director of Photography/Graphics at The Chattanooga Times Free Press. In 2010 he became an independent documentary photographer. As a photojournalist, Weeks has covered assignments that range from the World Series to small villages in Central America. His photographs of poverty in Honduras were selected as an award of Excellence for editorial photography in the Communication Arts Photography Annual. Additionally, he has won the Gordon Parks International Photography award twice and was a finalist seven times. His photographs of baseball in the Dominican Republic and Central America were featured by CNN and Photography District News.
Weeks has served as an adjunct instructor in photojournalism at Southern Adventist University for the last 24 years and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for three years. He has been a visiting speaker at many universities and a presenter at the Southern Short Course for photojournalism.
Gordon Parks received the National Medal of Arts in 1988 and received more than 50 honorary doctorates. Parks died in 2006.
Parks was the first Africa-American staff member for Life magazine, where he covered the Civil Rights movement for two decades. He also distinguished himself in fashion photography.
As a filmmaker, he was the first African-American to direct a major Hollywood production with the memoir of his youth “The Learning Tree,” filmed on location in Fort Scott, Kansas. Parks also directed the 1970 film, Shaft, the first of what came to be known as “blaxploitation” films.