A lively and thoughtful 20th anniversary celebration of The Bibliophiles, Inc., the nation’s longest standing, continuously operating African American reading group, took place at the Library on Thursday afternoon.
A crowd of approximately 60 people filled the Library’s Meeting room to honor several of the group’s “Living Legends”: Ezola Adams, Cynthia Lemon, Frances May, and LuElla Peniston. Many of whom frequent the Oak Bluffs Public Library!
Many entertaining anecdotes were shared by the groups members, exemplifying the appreciation and joy that this group possesses for literature and learning.
The Bibliophiles, Inc. made a generous donation to the library as part of their celebration, and the library staff would like to thank all of the members of the reading group for the donation and for including the library in their festivities.
A crowd of over 60 people attended the African American Classics in History & Literature event at the library!
Keynote speaker Dr. Adelaide M. Cromwell, Professor Emerita of Sociology – Boston University, and author of Unveiled Voices, Unvarnished Memories: The Cromwell Family in Slavery And Segregation, 1692-1972, provided an enlightening talk on the subject and received an enthusiastic round of applause from the audience.
The event was arranged by the MV-ASALH; which graciously presented the Oak Bluffs Public Library with a donation of $200 to be used towards library materials.
The mission of ASALH (founded in 1915) is to research, study, interpret, preserve and promote information about Black life, history and culture to the global community. The MV Branch of ASALH (founded in 2002), supports the study of African American history and life in schools, learning centers, homes, churches and community groups.
For More Information about the MV-ASALH Contact:
Bob Hayden, President MV-ASALH, 508-693-8714