“Latino Americans are the country’s largest minority group, with more than 50 million people, and still many people are unaware of their rich and varied history and culture,” said Orange Branch Assistant Manager Sara Kennedy. “I’m thrilled that DCDL has this opportunity to explore this topic in our community.”
As one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, DCDL will receive a cash grant of $3,000 to hold public programming — such as public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects or performances — about Latino history and culture.
The Library will also receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. (Learn more about the series at www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/.)
Planned programs at DCDL will include two public screenings of the PBS film, including episodes “IV: The New Latinos” and “VI: Peril and Promise;” five book discussions of the DelawaREADS selected title The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez at each of the DCDL branch locations; a Main Street Delaware-sponsored First Friday in October; and an author visit from Henriquez to lead a discussion on “Dual Identity,” speak about her novel and sign books.
Screenings of the film are made possible by The Strand Theatre, and book sales are available through Fundamentals Parent-Teacher Store. Local Project Scholars, Dr. Juan Armando Rojas Joo of Ohio Wesleyan University and Dr. Jennifer Rathbun of Ashland University, will lead the community discussions at the Strand.
For a schedule of events, visit www.delawaREADS.org or contact Communications Manager Nicole Fowles at 740-362-3861 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grantees represent 42 states and the District of Columbia, and include 78 public libraries, 68 college/university libraries and organizations, 19 community college libraries, 10 state humanities councils, 12 museums and a range of other nonprofit organizations. View a full list of the recipients at https://apply.ala.org/latinoamericans/grant-recipients.
Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.
About the National Endowment for the Humanities
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