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Learn about Black American History through Engaging Timeline Display

Every February, the Jeannette Stromberg Library on CNM’s Main Campus pays tribute to Black History Month with a detailed timeline that captures the social, political and cultural challenges and milestones of Black Americans.
Learn about Black American History through Engaging Timeline Display
CNM Library Specialists have compiled a wealth of knowledge to be gained by visiting the detailed display.

Feb 07, 2019

When you enter the Jeannette Stromberg Library in the Student Resource Center, you will notice a large-glass display case in the main lobby area. In it, you will find an extensive collection of hand-made cards that timeline major events in Black History, starting in 1619 when enslaved Africans were brought to Jamestown.

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Make your way further down the display and you will see a card about Frederick Douglass, who in 1846 launched ‘The North Star’, an abolitionist newspaper. Jump to 1870 and you will see a card about the first Black Representatives elected to Congress.

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“Not everyone has a lot of knowledge about Black History,” said Library Specialist Samantha Legrand. “It’s important to us to show all communities on campus that they are represented and that they are important to us.”

The timeline illustrates the many firsts in Black History. For example, did you know that in 1947 Jackie Robinson became the first black man to play in Major League Baseball? Or that in 1983, Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to host a national T.V. show?

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There is a wealth of knowledge to be gained by visiting the detailed display. Events of contemporary Black American feats and challenges are highlighted as well. You will find a card explaining the historic election of Barack Obama as the first black president.

The timeline will be on display for the duration of February so there’s plenty of time to stop by and check it out!

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The timeline cards aren’t the only valuable resource on Black History available at our CNM libraries. There is a plethora of multi-genre black history media on display and ready to be checked out, including books and DVDs.

For those of you who aren’t on Main Campus very often, fret not! Our CNM Library Specialists have created a digitized version of the time line compilation for you to view and reference online.