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Library Presents Free "Cultural Conversations at the Center" Series
- October's topic is Black and Latinx contributions to American history -

BROWARD COUNTY, FL – Broward County Library presents a free program series, "Cultural Conversations at the Center," with guests Nailah Summers and author and professor Dr. Paul Ortiz from 6:30 to 8PM on Thursday, September 5th at the African American Research Library & Cultural Center (AARLCC), 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, 954-357-6282.

As we close out Hispanic Heritage Month, Dr. Paul Ortiz, Professor of History and Director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida, and Nailah Summers, Co-Founder and Communications Director of Dream Defenders, will lead a riveting conversation regarding teaching African American and Latinx inclusion in United States history. 

Dr. Ortiz’s latest book, African American and Latinx History of the United States, challenges the traditional narrative of U.S. history and recovers the stories and contributions of Black and Brown people. Dr. Ortiz is also the author of Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920.

The Cultural Conversations at the Center series takes place on the first Thursday of every month and features intellectually stimulating programs with thought and industry leaders, scholars, educators, filmmakers, artists and others whose work celebrates and illuminates known and unknown aspects of Black history and culture.

AARLCC is committed to creating programs and experiences that will broaden minds and impact lives for the better. With the library as a cultural center and hub within the Black community in Ft. Lauderdale, the series provides a platform to discuss Black history and culture locally and nationally.  

Upcoming events in the Conversations at the Center series include "Life After Military Service," with Dan Ringo (November 7th) and "Beyond Rosie the Riveter: Black Women's Participation in WWII," with a discussion and screening of the documentary SixTripleEight (December 5th). 

Sponsorship for the series is provided by the Friends of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center. For additional information on the upcoming series, contact Makiba Foster at or 954-357-6176.

Cultural Conversations at the Center is a free program, but registration via Eventbrite is requested. 

About Broward County Libraries Division 
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 DATE: September 19, 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7402