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Date(s) - 12/14/2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Reinsch Library Auditorium, Marymount University


This program is free and open to the public. You can attend via Zoom or in-person. See details below on both ways to attend.

During the Jim Crow era, many public libraries were segregated. Public libraries play a fundamental role in communities by providing free educational resources, boosting literacy and knowledge, and serving as a place of refuge. Despite this, many were inaccessible to Black residents and continued to resist integration even after the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. Discover the truth about the barriers imposed on the Black community and learn about the citizens-turned-activists who used protests and lawsuits to achieve more equitable library services. Their legacy resonates today as libraries continue to evolve and embrace more inclusive practices.

Join Fairfax County librarians Chris Barbuschak and Suzanne LaPierre as they recount the overlooked and little-known history of segregated library services in Northern Virginia.

(We will have copies of their book for sale at this event.)

Attend via Zoom or In-Person

PREREGISTER FOR ZOOM ACCESS. You can attend this event on either Zoom or in-person on the Marymount University Main Campus.  If you want to attend this event virtually, please use this link to register. You can also cut and paste the following URL into your browser: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfLVMsx95Zfq0mnIM7LgRnEmxMKeN10KBMfdJHkPbZ7-NgCYA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please register by Wednesday, December 11:  Zoom access information will be sent to you on the morning of the event on Thursday, December 12.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS and FREE PARKING: Attendees planning to attend the event in-person should enter the Marymount University campus at the library gate on N. 26th Street. From Glebe Road going north, take a right onto 26th Street. Pass the intersection with Yorktown Road and then enter the campus through the next gate on your left. The library is to your left as you enter the campus. Free garage parking is just past the library at the bottom of the small incline. (Handicapped parking is immediately to your right as you enter the campus.)

  • If the university has lowered the garage gates, push the button and let them know you’re here for an Arlington Historical Society event in the library. To leave, push the button and they’ll raise the gate.

This event is one of the monthly series of free public programs sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society. For more information, please email: info@arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org