By Nyam Daniel
The African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) will celebrate its 20th anniversary Friday with a rededication ceremony and the unveiling of a new exhibit.
Friday is slated to be a night of food, drinks and entertainment sponsored by Jack Daniels– which coincides with the brands national efforts to celebrate Black History Month. The event is Feb. 11th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at AARLCC, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.
Friday’s celebration will include the grand opening of Collectors’ Duet: The Lifelong Librarianship of Vivian D. Hewitt and Dorothy Porter Wesley Exhibition. It highlights two prominent Black librarians known for their rare book and art collections.
Dorothy Porter Wesley was the curator of the Moorland-Spingarn Collection at Howard University for 43 years. She is behind a world-renowned research library comprised of content about people of African descent.
Vivian Davidson Hewitt was the first Black librarian at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and president of the Special Libraries Association. Vivian and her husband, Professor John H. Hewitt, amassed a large art collection highlighting the African diaspora, which contains art by Haitian artists and art memorabilia.
The Broward County library opened on October 26, 2002, and it will be celebrating its anniversary all year long. AARLCC is dedicated to “collecting, preserving, and sharing local, national, and international Black history and culture.”
For tickets visit: AARLCC20.Eventbrite.com. African attire is encouraged
Check out this cool video posted to Instagram by Alexis Brown to learn more about the African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC)