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Library Debuts Free "Cultural Conversations at the Center" Series

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - The African-American Research Library & Cultural Center debuts a free, new program series, "Cultural Conversations at the Center," with an appearance by Dr. Stefan M. Bradley, author, professor and Chair of the African American Studies Department at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Dr. Bradley will speak about the little-known history of Black student activism, 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.

The Cultural Conversations at the Center series will take place on the first Thursday of every month and feature 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.  

Dr. Bradley will discuss how Black student activism changed higher education relative to social justice and racial equality. His research spans Black student activism from the contributions of Black Greek letter organizations, to the Black Power and Black Studies Movements, to present day student activism around Black Lives Matter. Attendees will learn how Black student activism has changed universities and their surrounding communities.

Dr. Bradley’s lecture is the educational counterpart to the popular AARLCC social event #DestinationFridays. In the month of September, the Destination Fridays theme will celebrate the Black Greek letter organizations that make up the Divine 9.

Upcoming events in the Conversations at the Center series include "Centering Black and Latinx Contributions to American History," with Dr. Paul Ortiz (October 3rd), "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.

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 DATE: July 10, 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7402