Black Caucus in Birmingham

September 1, 2010

Scenes from the seventh National Conference of African American Librarians, "Culture Keepers VII: Bridging the Divide with Information Access, Activism, and Advocacy, held August 4-8, in Birmingham, Alabama, hosted the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA).

BCALA President Jos N. Holman (second from right) joins ALA conference attendees (from left) Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels, Executive Board member Em Claire Knowles, and 2009-10 President Camila Alire.
Author, chef, and food justice activist Bryant Terry talks about his book Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine (Da Capo Press, 2009).
Original signage is adjacent to  the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, part of Birmingham's Civil Rights Movement corridor. The church was the target of the racially motivated  bombing that killed four girls in the midst of the American Civil Rights Movement.  It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2006.
Beautiful stained glass windows are housed inside the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, which is still has a functioning congregration.
A banner that depicts the violence encountered by blacks  welcomes visitors to the Birmingham  Civil Rights Heritage Trail which is located across from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
A statute of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the  Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail park.
BCALA past president Gladys Smiley Bell (from left) BCALA Vice President/President-Elect Jerome Offord, Jr., and conference co-chair Roberta Webb pause to reflect at a sculpture that depcits attack dogs used during the Civil Rights Movement at  the Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail.
Ray Charles Robinson Jr. signs an autograph for Friends of the Birmingham Public Library President Cora Sims after the President's Gala.
Author and political pundit Roland S. Martin is interviewed by the local NBC affiliate before his closing session message.
The Carlton Reese Memorial Unity Choir sing songs of the Civil Rights Movement during the closing session.