1939 Alexandria Library Sit-In Anniversary Highlights

75th Alexandria Library Sit-In Anniversary
posted on August 15, 2014

The public is invited to join Alexandria Library in recognizing this significant local event. The program will feature keynote speakers Frank Smith, Ph.D., Director, African American Civil War Museum and Patricia Timmons-Goodson, North Carolina Supreme Court Justice (Ret.) and who is a newly appointed Commissioner, United States Commission on Civil Rights. Visitors can also enjoy music, children’s activities, food and refreshments, gift bags, and more on Thursday, August 21, 2014, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314.



Samuel W. Tucker After the Sit-in
posted on August 11, 2014

Join Duncan Branch on Saturday, August 16 at 2 p.m., as local historian Sarah Becker discusses the life of Samuel W. Tucker after the sit-in that took place at the Barrett Library in 1939.



Out of Obscurity Film Screening at Barrett Branch
posted on July 17, 2014

Join the Barrett Branch and Local History for a viewing of a documentary about the 1939 sit-in at the Alexandria Library. Out of Obscurity details a little known, but nonetheless watershed, chapter in civil rights history. Just before World War II broke out, five young men staged at a public library just outside Washington, DC what is believed to be the nation's first sit-in to protest the "separate, but equal" treatment of African-Americans.



Discussion with Earl L. Cook at Duncan Branch
posted on July 14, 2014

Join us for a lively discussion with Alexandria's Police Chief, Earl L. Cook - growing up in Alexandria, graduating from T.C. Williams high school, and becoming Alexandria's first African-American Police Chief. Q&A to follow.



The Impact of Segregation on African-American Women's Mental Health
posted on June 16, 2014

Join Duncan Branch on June 21, 2-4 p.m. as Dr. Veronica R. Franklin discusses the mental health impacts of segregation on African-American women. 



Free 1920s Dance Lessons at Alexandria Library
posted on May 9, 2014

Channel your inner razzle-dazzle spirit. As part of our All Alexandria Reads programming (AAR), we're offering free 1920s-style dance lessons at the Beatley Central and Burke Branch. Learn the exuberant dance moves that were popularized during the jazz era and beyond such as Swing, the Charleston and Lindy Hop.  Or, you can simply enjoy the seminars and demonstrations when you visit.  



E. Ethelbert Miller Presents: Langston Hughes & The Harlem Renaissance
posted on April 25, 2014

Internationally-recognized poet, author and educator, E. Ethelbert Miller, joins the Duncan Branch on Monday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. for his presentation, Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance.  


Author Talk with Dr. Lopez Matthews
posted on April 7, 2014

Please join the Duncan Branch Library on April 14 at 7 p.m. for an author talk as we continue to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Alexandria Library sit-in. Dr. Lopez Matthews will discuss his book, "The True Worth of a Race: African American Women in the Struggle for Freedom."


In Her Words
posted on March 12, 2014

Back to celebrate acclaimed African American female entertainers and writers, the talented arts group, Liberated Muse visits Beatley Central Library again to perform the musical theatrical production, In Her Words, on Thursday March 27 at 7 p.m. 


Author Talk with Nancy Silcox at Beatley Central Library
posted on February 5, 2014

Nancy Noyes Silcox was inspired to write “Samuel Wilbert Tucker: Story of the Civil Right Trailblazer and the 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-In" to ensure that Samuel Tucker's heroic story and legacy would live on. Silcox will discuss her book on Sunday, February 9, at 2 p.m., at the Beatley Central Library, as part of Alexandria Library's 75th anniversary celebration of that historic act.