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Citizen Economic Empowerment, Resident Stakeholders Resistance and the Transforming of the DC Central Library into the Martin Luther King Memorial Library –1960 -2005

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The paper will focus on the evolution of the DC Central Library approved for construction in 1964. It was renamed the Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Library shortly after King's death. This DC public library was the first public building named for the slain civil rights leader and it was designated, after much local controversy, a historic landmark in 2005. In 1972 when the new library first opened, it included a Black Studies collection ready and available for use. D.C. was a hub of the movement to designate Dr. King’s birthday as a National observance. The library was instrumental in commemorating King’s birth with programs and activities ten years before the Federal holiday in his honor mandated such activities. This research reconstructs the history of the public library both through social events and the knowledge that individuals have of those events—the players, especially the Afro-American community, their actions, and the relationship between those actions and the DC public library’s identity and image. The paper documents the success of a special user population—African-Americans in branding and defining the programmatic direction of a publicly financed “information space.” Specifically, the paper provides an impact analysis of the methods used to generated sufficient “ power” -- economic resources -- to ensure that the city’s central library’s image, its services and its programs reflected the “values , mission and the public it was bound to serve.”
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Cheney, , MSLS, Andrea. "Citizen Economic Empowerment, Resident Stakeholders Resistance and the Transforming of the DC Central Library into the Martin Luther King Memorial Library –1960 -2005" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p436304_index.html>

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Cheney, , MSLS, A. B. "Citizen Economic Empowerment, Resident Stakeholders Resistance and the Transforming of the DC Central Library into the Martin Luther King Memorial Library –1960 -2005" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p436304_index.html

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Abstract: The paper will focus on the evolution of the DC Central Library approved for construction in 1964. It was renamed the Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Library shortly after King's death. This DC public library was the first public building named for the slain civil rights leader and it was designated, after much local controversy, a historic landmark in 2005. In 1972 when the new library first opened, it included a Black Studies collection ready and available for use. D.C. was a hub of the movement to designate Dr. King’s birthday as a National observance. The library was instrumental in commemorating King’s birth with programs and activities ten years before the Federal holiday in his honor mandated such activities. This research reconstructs the history of the public library both through social events and the knowledge that individuals have of those events—the players, especially the Afro-American community, their actions, and the relationship between those actions and the DC public library’s identity and image. The paper documents the success of a special user population—African-Americans in branding and defining the programmatic direction of a publicly financed “information space.” Specifically, the paper provides an impact analysis of the methods used to generated sufficient “ power” -- economic resources -- to ensure that the city’s central library’s image, its services and its programs reflected the “values , mission and the public it was bound to serve.”


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The King’s Body: The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the Politics of Collective Memory

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