So we've made substantial progress with the Eugene B. Redmond (EBR) Reading Room at Lovejoy Library. Last week, we got the bookshelves arranged and many of the books on the shelves. As always, Adrienne, our graduate assistant for black studies, handled much of the effort to get things arranged.
Later this week, we'll start hosting some of our first events in the reading room. We'll begin with a small exhibit for my literature courses focusing on Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lucille Clifton, and Margaret Walker--four writers that Redmond photographed extensively over the years.
I'm hoping the EBR Reading Room will serve as a vibrant cultural space for recognizing and showcasing Redmond's tremendous artistic and scholarly efforts over the years. The room will contain books and magazines from Redmond's personal collection, samples from his extensive photographic work, and various documents related to Redmond's involvement with arts projects.
The EBR Room will also serve as a central site black studies activities and projects.
Developing the Redmond Reading Room