Henrietta Lacks and husband

Henrietta and David Lacks, circa 1945, from "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks."

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library is hosting a wide range of events and exhibits in celebration of Black History Month.

University Scholar Series

Dr. Ruth Wilson, SJSU professor and chair of African-American Studies, will present “Genes, Guts and Grit: The Legacy of Three Extraordinary African-American Women” at noon Feb. 29 in King 225/229. Wilson’s research focuses on African-American women and the new black diversity in the African-American community. Her lecture will provide an overview of three women “she-roes” in American history: Lucy Terry Prince, Maria Stewart and Henrietta Lacks. Their contributions add texture to the characteristic descriptions of the 18th, 19th and 20th century American woman.

California Room Spring Open House

Many of us go to the library to borrow the latest movie or newest bestseller, but did you know King Library also houses items that are over 100 years old? The California Room is home to two sculptures by 19th century African-American and Chippewa-Indian artist Edmonia Lewis. To learn more about these sculptures, attend the open house at 6 p.m. Feb. 15, when local expert Mary Parks Washington will discuss the artist and her work.

Burdick Military History Project

SJSU’s Burdick Military History Project will present artifacts from one of the nation’s largest private collections at “The Price of Liberty: Artifacts of African-American Military Service,” an exhibit at the Cultural Heritage Center on the fifth floor of King Library through Feb. 29. Curator Antony L. Powell is a San Jose-based historian who for three decades has been studying, teaching, collecting and writing about America’s “buffalo soldiers,” the first peacetime all-Black regiments in the regular U.S. Army.

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