Black Women’s History Month Resources: Part 3

In 2014, the state of Georgia and the city of Atlanta declared April as Black Women’s History Month. Pratt Library staff have highlighted related texts in the Humanities Department, Fine Arts and Music Department, and African American Department. Please enjoy the major contributions black women have made to religion, theatre, poetry, writing, political thought, activism, and art. Check out the first and second post for more suggested reading.

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Black Feminism

Included here are works by seminal scholars that consider black women’s historical contributions to the feminist movement. Several texts reflect on intersectionality- the theory that race, class, gender, and other social categorization creates overlapping identities that shape black women’s experiences in ways often very different from white women.  


Highlighted here are works by and about influential but lesser known black women, including early suffragists, Civil Rights leaders, Black Panthers, and contemporary cultural critics.


Additional anthologies, essays, and speeches reflecting on race, gender, feminism, and popular culture.

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Sneak Peek at the Second Floor

The Central Library is closed this week, but we’re giving you a sneak peek inside.

We are right in the middle of the Central Library’s historic $115 million renovation.  Starting February 20, you’ll start getting a look at the work that’s happened when the 2nd and 3rd floors open.

Several public service departments that are currently on the first floor will move to the second and third floors.  Here are a few pictures of the second floor to give you a preview.  New light fixtures line the 2nd floor hallway.  The paintings on the ceiling have been restored.  At the end of the hallway, you’ll see a large glass wall with a door.  That’s where the new Teen Wing will start in 2019, giving young adults their own space.  That space will temporarily house the Children’s Department as downstairs is now under renovation. 

Scaffolding remains up outside the front window.  This area on the 2nd floor will provide places for people to plug in their laptops or work on tablets.  The Poe Room and Wheeler auditorium are still under renovation.
Here’s a peek at the rosettes in the ceiling of Central Hall.  Plaster workers have painstakingly restored them, so they look like the day they were created.

Starting February 20, many departments will have shifted around.  Don’t hesitate to ask a staff members to point you in the right direction.

Sneak Peek at the Creative Arts Center

All week we’re giving you a sneak peek inside the renovated Central Library

The Central Library is closed for renovations this week.  Pratt Chat is giving you an inside look at some of those renovated spaces.  Today, we’re going inside the new Creative Arts Center. 

The Creative Arts Center, on the 2nd floor, previously housed the Library’s Fine Arts and Humanities Collections.  The new space will be a place for exhibitions, live concerts, performances and so much more.  The Center will provide an intimate  space for dance, music and theater productions by professional and student artists.

During the renovation, the ceiling of the room was restored to its historic grandeur.  Replication light fixtures were installed.  The floor was also restored. 

When Central reopens on February 20, the Creative Arts Center will temporarily house Fine Arts and Humanities.