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Candice Mathews Brackeen

Social Justice Speaker:

Candice Matthews Brackeen

Saturday, August 6, 2 - 3:15 pm

Main Library, Bassani Theater Off Third

The Dayton Metro Library is proud to bring Candice Matthews Brackeen, General Partner at Lightship Capital, to the region for Gem City Black Business Month. Karlos L. Marshall, Chief Diversity Officer at the Library, will host Candice for an in-person fireside chat and audience Q&A. Come learn more about her personal journey to becoming a nationally renowned venture capitalist and how to secure funding as an entrepreneur and innovator.

Brackeen, Founder and CEO at Lightship Foundation, expands upon her work driving representation in innovation with her role on the Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium for NASA, and sits on the advisory committee and selection committees for technology for the Ohio State University and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. This program coincides with Gem City Black Business Month.

Dunbar 150 Tribute

A Poetic Medley:

Dunbar 150 Tribute

Saturday, August 13, 2022, 7 - 8:30 PM

Main Library, The Eichelberger Forum

June 27, 2022 marked the 150th birthday of Dayton native/poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. To celebrate Dunbar’s contributions to poetry, Oral Funk Poetry Productions will pay tribute to Dunbar with their contemporary performance, Lyrics. Love. Legacy. This high-spirited show celebrates urban roots and Black creativity through the eyes of the Gem City and Paul Laurence Dunbar. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Dayton Metro Library and coincides with Gem City Black Business Month.

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Tiny Stacks Music Concert

Tiny Stacks Music Concert

Thursday, August 18, 6 PM

Northwest Branch Library

The Tiny Stacks Music Series, sponsored by the Dayton Metro Library’s Friends of the Library, was created with the mission of bringing area musicians, books, and patrons together. DML will host a live music session at the Northwest Branch while introducing communities not only to the vast resources DML offers, but also to the diverse musical talents of the Dayton area. This event, produced and curated by Sierra Leone, will be a unique experience for DML patron audiences as well as for the musicians.

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Tae Winston

Black Business Food Truck Rally with Tae Winston

Saturday, August 27, 11 AM - 5 PM

Main Library Atrium and Cooper Park

Join host Tae Winston as she brings together an impressive collective of Gem City's Black business owners for an exciting gathering of food trucks and a wide variety of retail vendors in Cooper Park behind the Main Library. Community resource partners will also be on hand to provide support and advice for Black business owners. This event coincides with Gem City Black Business Month.


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African-American Databases

Researching Black Culture and History with Your Library Card

Dayton Metro Library is pleased to provide specialized research databases on many topics. The databases below focus on historical records devoted to Black Culture and History. You can find even more tools specividally for genealogical research here, these tools inlcude the resoruces below, plus, FOLD3, Dayton Daily News Archives, and local obiturary databases. You can explore them all here.

Need specialized attentention? We're here to help! You can reach out directly to our Local History Staff in the Dayton Room or attend a program or class.

A comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools devoted to African American family history research. Includes a connection to expert research assistance.
Covers more than 500 years of African-American history and culture with images, videos, timelines, biographies, maps and more.
Uniquely put together for Dayton Metro Library, our patrons, and area communities, this database offers approximately 32 different collections that cover a variety of sub-topics relating to African American history.
Free and open source - no library card required! Find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom. This resource supports students from middle school through college, as well as anyone interested in learning more about the ongoing Black Freedom Struggle.
Trace the global history of slavery between the 17th and 19th centuries with over five million pages of material that document the history of slave trade.

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Black Futures: Black History Month Edition

Opening Keynote by Sinclair Chief Diversity Officer Michael Carter

Held February 25, 2022, 11:30am - 1pm | Main Library, Eichelberger Forum

Our Guests

Black Futures is a live panel discussion that features Black culture, economics, history, and urban creative arts. Now that Covid-19 has reshaped our lives, cultivating creativity, innovation, and impact is imperative. We know that healthy communities leverage differences and create meaningful connections. The Dayton Metro Library’s Black Futures BHM Edition will feature a live curated and moderated panel discussion amongst six esteemed Black professionals. This experience will also include a keynote and visual art. Come and join community artists, leaders, educators, activists, Innovators, & entrepreneurs in celebrating BHM and Black Futures.

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