Women's History Month: Women In Sports

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In celebration of Women’s History Month, let’s honor the trailblazing women who have made significant contributions to sports, breaking barriers and setting new standards for excellence and equality.

Pioneers on the Field and Beyond

Women in sports have not only excelled in their respective disciplines but have also become powerful advocates for gender equity and social change. Their achievements are a testament to their determination and skill, inspiring generations to come.

Breaking Records and Glass Ceilings

From Wilma Rudolph’s three gold medals at the 1960 Olympics to Nancy Lopez’s legendary career in golf, women athletes have consistently shattered expectations1. They’ve overcome personal and societal challenges, such as Rudolph’s triumph over polio and Lopez’s fight against discrimination due to her Mexican heritage.

Champions of Change

Athletes like Serena Williams and Megan Rapinoe have used their platforms to champion social causes, pushing for racial and gender equity both on and


Veteran's Day

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All campuses of Durham Tech, including the libraries, will be closed this year for Veteran's Day, Fri., Nov. 10. Durham Tech's Veterans Services helps our veteran students succeed with support from GI Bill benefits. For questions about available resources, reach out to Demitrius Bullock, Durham Tech's Veterans Services Coordinator. Originally celebrated as Armistice Day after World War I, the first official Veteran's Day was in 1954, designated to remember and honor American veterans after large

2023 Durham Tech Library Poetry Month Bookmarks!

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2023's poetry month bookmarks have “Everything is Exactly the Same as it Was the Day Before” by Ina Cariño, “Allowables” by Nikki Giovanni, "Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale" by Dan Albergotti , "[after Ross Gay’s 'A Small Needful Fact' and Jay Ward’s 'Ars Poetica in Which the Dead Child is Renamed as a Flower']" by Durham's Poet Laureate (2022-23) DJ Rogers, and “What It Looks Like To Us and the Words We Use” by current US Poet Laureate Ada Limón. The file is a pdf, so you can print your

International Women's Day: #EmbraceEquity

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March 8 is International Women's Day (IWD). This year's theme is #EmbraceEquity to get the world talking about Why equal opportunities aren't enough. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action. Inclusion should be intersectional and is for all ages. We can all be allies to #EmbraceEquity. https://youtu.be/wPbOORwmFA0 (Wait, what does intersectionality have to do with IWD? All forms of inequality are mutually reinforcing and must therefore be

Small Steps to Improve Heart Health for Heart Month (February)

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We may be reaching the end of February and American Heart Month, but we can pump out a month-end blog post. (That pun was weak. I know. Let's not talk about it, okay?) This year's theme is "Live to the Beat," which aims to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in Black adults ages 35 to 54 by taking small steps to address key risk factors such as hypertension, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar. Some tips? Get moving! Just 10 minutes a day to get started can have a positive impact!

Contemporary Black Activists and Advocates

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This week's Black History Month post highlights contemporary activist and advocates and their works, but also highlights some folks closer to home. North Carolina has a history of Black advocates and activists--in no particular chronological order--from Pauli Murray to Ann Atwater to James Shepard to Ella Baker to the Greensboro Four (Franklin McCain, Jibreel Khazan, Joseph McNeil, and David Richmond) to Nina Simone to the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II. Two time Durham university graduate

Black Wordsmiths: Black Musicians & Poets in the Durham Tech Library Collection

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This week's Black History Month post highlights Black creators in poetry and music, including pop, hip hop, rap, punk, and rock. This is only a small selection of our collection, so stop by and browse our digital collections from your own computer or stop in and browse our shelves. Updated 2/15/2023: Want some poetry bookmarks? Go to the end of the post! Interested in learning how to make your own music using only a laptop? Check out this awesome event through the Wake County Public Libraries

Black History is American History

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This week for Black History Month, we're highlighting the actual history of the month itself and resources available to work towards Dr. Woodson's goals when he envisioned a month highlighting Black contributions to American history. https://youtu.be/WMfWGc5kyBg Dr. Carter G. Woodson is the "father of Black History Month." Starting as a week in February in 1926 (selected as the same month as the birthday of Abraham Lincoln and the chosen birthday of Frederick Douglass) and expanded to a month by

Black Art and Artists

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February is African American History Month, a time to focus with intention on Black Americans and their history, highlighting contributions that have frequently been unspoken or underscored by others who dominated the historical narrative. This week we're focusing on Black artists and some of the resources available to you through the Durham Tech Library's collections to highlight Black history and accomplishments. Keep reading for books, streaming video, and some options to go see Black art up