Monday, February 15, 2016

Dresses, Artifacts & More to Explore for #BlackHistoryMonth

LaMargo Branch, Interlibrary Loan Specialist with the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus, models 
a garment from her large African artifact collection. These boubou (dresses) are just a few of the collection's 
pieces which LaMargo has generously shared with library patrons--something she has done each Black History 
Month since 2004. LaMargo's exhibit for Black History Month 2016 is on display at the library through Febru-
ary. Photograph by Sean Spear. February 10, 2016.
February is Black History Month (also known as National African American History Month), an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history (History.com). The Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU is proud to participate in this important observance with an exhibit of African artifacts from the large personal collection of TWU Libraries Interlibrary Loan Specialist LaMargo Branch. The exhibit has become a tradition in its own right; LaMargo has generously shared pieces from her collection with library patrons each #BlackHistoryMonth since 2004.

Dozens of LaMargo's pieces, many one of a kind, are now on display in the first-floor lobby of the Blagg-Huey Library. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours through February 2016.

LaMargo, recipient of the 2014 Pioneer for Diversity staff award for her passionate support of diversity and her mission to promote cultural awareness, shared her thoughts about the award, her amazing collection, and why she's never travelled to Africa

Explore books and other resources related to Black History Month on the TWU Libraries' African American History Subject Guide. Need assistance? Please let us know how we can help

~Sandy Cochran

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