2010 BCALA National Conference

Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s
7th National Conference of African American Librarians
August 4–8, 2010

Sheraton Conference Center, Birmingham, Alabama
“Bridging the Divide with Information Access, Activism, and Advocacy”

Please follow the conference link below for information on conference and hotel registration,
tours, local attractions, program tracks, preliminary program, etc.

http://www.bcala.org/NCAAL_7/bcala_conf/index.html

Highlights include:

  • Opening keynote speaker for the John Tyson Memorial Lecture is Dr. Terrence Roberts, a member of the Little Rock Nine who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. He is the author of Lessons from Little Rock and Simple, Not Easy: Reflections on Community, Social Responsibility, and Tolerance.
    Roberts and his fellow Central High students received the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP in 1958, the Congressional Gold Medal and other awards and acknowledgements for their contribution to civil rights history. Roberts received a bachelor’s degree from California State University at Los Angeles, a master’s degree in social work from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a doctorate in psychology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
     
  • Comedienne Kim Wayans, of the Wayans comedy family, and her husband, Kevin Knotts, authors of the children’s book All Mixed Up! (Amy Hodgepodge, No. 1), published by Grosset and Dunlap, 2008, one in a series of Amy Hodgepodge novels, will speak at one of the author luncheons.
     
  • Join us for a memorable half day bus excursion of historic Birmingham which will include a visit to the renowned Birmingham Civil Rights District, the home of the City’s most famous landmarks: The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church-the site of the 1963 bombing where four little girls were killed and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. In close proximity to these landmarks is Kelly Ingram Park. The park served as a gathering place for demonstrations during the 1960s including the infamous ones where police dogs and fire hoses were turned on marchers. Other sites on the tour will include Angela Davis’ home and the Vulcan, the world’s largest cast iron statue which overlooks the “Magic City”.
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