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“Lunch With A Legacy” Series Presents Dr. Alvia Wardlaw at The African American Library at the Gregory School[4/16/2011]

BY Alex Wang [ April 15, 2011 at 05:09:59 ]

“Lunch With A Legacy” Series Presents Dr. Alvia Wardlaw at The African American Library at the Gregory School

Houston Public Library’s African American Library at the Gregory School is honored to present Dr. Alvia Wardlaw, Director of the University Museum at Texas Southern University as guest speaker for its “Lunch with a Legacy” series, as part of “The Whole World Was Watching” Library program.

The community is invited to hear Dr. Wardlaw’s discusses her experiences of confronting racism as a student on the campus of Wellesley College in Massachusetts and how she became one of the founders of Ethos, a black student organization at the college.

This program is free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 12 Noon

The Houston Public Library African American Library at the Gregory School, 1300 Victor Street, 77019, in Freedmen’s Town, Fourth Ward, 832-393-1440.

About Dr. Alvia Wardlaw

Dr. Wardlaw grew up in Houston’s historic Third Ward neighborhood. She graduated from Jack Yates High School and went on to attend Wellesley College. In 1969, she earned a B.A. in art history. In 1989, Dr. Wardlaw was recognized as one of the leading African-American art historians in the country when she was co-curator with Barry Gaither and Dr. Regena Perry of the watershed exhibition “Black Art Ancestral Legacy: The African Impulse in African American Art” for the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas. The catalogue for this exhibition has become widely used in the art curriculums of colleges and universities in the United States. In 1995, Dr. Wardlaw organized “The Art of John Biggers: View from the Upper Room” for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, which traveled nationally to seven venues. In 1996, she became the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation focused on the art of John Biggers. “The Quilts of Gee’s Bend,” a collection of quilts by outstanding quilters from Alabama, an exhibit she coordinated traveled to 11 cities across the country from 2002-2006. Reviewers described the exhibit as “landmark” and “highly acclaimed” and it broke attendance records at major museums.

The list of honors and awards bestowed on Dr. Wardlaw include: Texas Southern University Research Scholar of the Year, 2009, African American Living Legend: African American News and Issues, 2008, Ethos Founders Award, Wellesley College, 2008, International Association of Art Critics Award for The Quilts of Gee’s Bend, 2003, Fulbright Award for study in East Africa, 1997, Texas Women’s Hall of Fame, 1994, The Margaret Hawkins National Arts Award, The Links, Inc., 1992, Best Exhibition of 1990 Black Art Ancestral Legacy, D. Magazine, Dallas, 1990, and Fulbright Fellow, West Africa: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Senegal, 1984.

Currently, Dr. Wardlaw is an Associate Professor of Art History at Texas Southern University and Director/Curator of the University Museum at Texas Southern University.

About “Lunch with a Legacy” Series

The Houston Public Library’s (HPL) African American Library at the Gregory School is one of several local organizations participating in “Freedom Now: Houston Retraces the Civil Rights Movement,” a much-anticipated educational initiative commemorating the 50th anniversary of the year that galvanized the Civil Rights Movement. In honor of this historic year, HPL presents its “Lunch with a Legacy” series, the first of many free diverse programs scheduled through August 2011. The programs will educate the community on the impact the Civil Rights Movement made in our nation. The African American Library at the Gregory School is located at 1300 Victor St. 77019, in Freedmen’s Town, Fourth Ward. This event is free and open to the public. For more details, please visit www.thegregoryschool.org or call 832-393-1440. For a complete list of upcoming partner events, visit freedomnowhouston.org or “like” Freedom Now: Houston on Facebook for additional updates.

The African American Library also invites the community to view its photography exhibit, “The Whole World Was Watching” which chronicles a crucial period in American social and political history showing both the struggle and victories of those fighting for Civil Rights in the 1960s. Poignant and deeply profound, the photographs in this exhibition portray historical turning points such as the Freedom Rides to the Deep South, the March on Washington, and the Selma-to-Montgomery March. The exhibit features 44 images by six photographers and will be on display through August 20, 2011.

About The African American Library at the Gregory School

The African American Library at the Gregory School is the newest of three special collections operated by the Houston Public Library. Located in Houston’s historic Freedman’s Town, the Library is housed in what was once the Edgar M. Gregory School, which served as the first public school for African Americans in Houston. As the first library of its kind in Houston, and one of the few African American libraries in the country, The African American Library at the Gregory School serves as a resource to preserve, promote, and celebrate the rich history and culture of African Americans in Houston, the surrounding region, and the African Diaspora.

About the Houston Public Library

The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.


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