The UCI Libraries’ Diversity Team’s book display, entitled Diverse People Unite, is inspired and supported by an anonymous gift made in memory of our beloved library colleague – Pauline Ditala Manaka
Pauline, who passed away in June 2017, was an inaugural member of the UCI Libraries’ Diversity Team and an active Research Librarian and activist. We proundly miss her spirit and dedication to UCI, especially to assisting faculty and students. Representing Pauline’s passion for diversity, the Diversity Team selected books from the Libraries’ collections on a variety of global diversity and social justice topics.
The intent behind this display is to show how diverse perspectives and thought can unite to form a more comprehensive understanding of our individual worlds and pursuits.
The motto, !ke e: /xarra //ke, displayed on South Africa’s current, post-Apartheid Coat of Arms, inspired the display’s title, “Diverse People Unite.” We chose this title in honor of Pauline, who was born and grew up in South Africa during the struggle against Apartheid.
To learn more about Pauline and her singificant contributions to UCI and academic librarianship, please visit https://news.lib.uci.edu/remembering-pauline-ditala-manaka
Established in 2016, the UCI Libraries’ Diversity Team promotes diversity in the Libraries and contributes to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the campus community. We would love to hear from you. Connect, follow, and engage with the UCI Libraries on Twitter @ucilib.
The UCI Libraries’ Black Lives Matter book display features a variety of works of poetry. We already featured a review of Kevin Young’s The Grey Album . And we even reviewed Claudia Rankine’s Citizen.
For this post, we celebrate April as the National Poetry Month by calling attention to a few other works of poetry that you can find on display in Langson Library.
Wild Hundreds is a long love song to Chicago. The book celebrates the people, culture, and places often left out of the civic discourse and the travel guides. Wild Hundreds is a book that displays the beauty of black survival and mourns the tragedy of black death.
As Rumi said, “Love will find its way through all languages on its own”; in ‘teaching my mother how to give birth’, Warsan’s début pamphlet, we witness the unearthing of a poet who finds her way through all preconceptions to strike the heart directly.
Poetry. African American Studies. These harrowing poems make montage, make mirrors, make elegiac biopic, make “a dope ass trailer with a hundred black children/ smiling into the camera & the last shot is the wide mouth of a pistol.” That’s no spoiler alert, but rather, Smith’s way saying & laying it beautifully bare. A way of desensitizing the reader from his own defenses each time this long, black movie repeats.
The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 combines all eleven of Lucille Clifton’s published collections with more than fifty previously unpublished poems. The unpublished poems feature early poems from 1965-1969, a collection-in-progress titled the book of days (2008), and a poignant selection of final poems. An insightful foreword by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison and comprehensive afterword by noted poet Kevin Young frames Clifton’s lifetime body of work, providing the definitive statement about this major America poet’s career.
Due to some unforeseen matters, we were not able to develop content for the blog last week. Our apologies.
We want to remind readers that on this day in April of 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. To underscore this event, as well as the resources that UCI Libraries provides researchers and students, this week’s “Featured Resource” is the Black Studies Center. We also recommend that readers visit the King Center’s website to learn more about Dr. King and his legacy.
Black Studies Center is a fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies including scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, reference books, and much more.
It combines essential resources for research and teaching in Black Studies, including The Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, Index to Black Periodicals Full Text, Black Literature Index, and the Chicago Defender historical newspaper from 1912-1975.
Add-on modules include The HistoryMakers® oral history video resource with extensive interviews with 100 contemporary African Americans, eight additional historical black newspapers, Black Abolitionist Papers, and Black Studies Dissertations.