Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20 marked the twenty-first annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), the day when we remember people who have been murdered because of transphobia. Started in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith to memorialize Rita Hester, TDoR grew to encompass all lives lost to anti-transgender bigotry and violence during the preceding year. Now, TDoR comes at the close of Transgender Awareness Week (November 13-19), which is a time to raise awareness of the transgender community and the issues transgender people face.

According to the Williams Institute at UCLA, there are an estimated 1.4 million transgender people — persons “whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth” (Doubly Victimized) — living in the US today, but a GLAAD/Harris poll found that more than 80% of Americans reported that they didn’t know someone who is transgender. Some men, women, and non-binary people may choose not to publicly disclose their true gender identity, in order to avoid discrimination and harassment (or simply to protect their privacy). In addition, transgender Americans are more likely to face poverty, unemployment, and homelessness. They’re also less likely to have reliable access to healthcare.

Overwhelmingly, though, members of the transgender community — and particularly, transgender women of color — are targeted for hate violence. So far, in 2020, almost forty transgender people have been murdered. Many of them were under 25 years old.

You can learn more by clicking on the links below, or by searching the Reynolds Libraries Catalog for “transgender”.

Sources:

Double Victimized: Reporting on Transgender Victims of Crime. GLAAD, www.glaad.org/publications/transgendervictimsofcrime.

GLAAD Media Reference Guide — In Focus: Covering the Transgender Community. GLAAD, www.glaad.org/reference/covering-trans-community.

GLAAD Transgender Media Program. GLAAD, www.glaad.org/transgender.

TDOR: In Memoriam. GLAAD, www.glaad.org/blog/tdor-memoriam.

Trans Day of Remembrance. GLAAD, www.glaad.org/tdor.

Honoring Hispanic Heritage

Tonight, we wrap up National Hispanic American Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), in which we’ve celebrated Hispanic and Latin American culture and honored the contributions of the Latinx community in the US. It is timed to coincide with the dates that many Latin American countries shrugged off the yoke of European colonization and won their independence. It began as Hispanic Heritage Week during the Johnson Administration and was expanded by Ronald Reagan twenty years later – but we don’t have to stop there.

Although the official celebration is drawing to a close, we can still recognize and honor the vibrancy of Hispanic culture through the many resources Reynolds Libraries can offer. Whether you’re looking for facts about Latinx college graduates (Martinez et al.), the verse of poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, or the real meaning of Cinco de Mayo to share with your kids (Colón García), we have a variety of books, videos, and online resources to help you learn more.

Byrne, Maura et al. “Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate: A Resource Guide.” Library of Congress Research Guides, 5 Jun 2020,
https://guides.loc.gov/poet-laureate-juan-felipe-herrera.

Celebrating the 19th Amendment

The Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, was certified by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby on August 26, 1920. Better known as the Susan B Anthony Amendment, congressional approval and ratification by the requisite 75% of states was the result of over seventy years of active struggle. An amendment allowing women the vote had been introduced in Congress as early as 1878! Although some women had sought equal treatment under the law since Colonial times, the modern organization for women’s suffrage grew out of the Abolition and Temperance movements of the mid-1800s. Many detractors were concerned that women’s suffrage would mean a ban on alcohol and child labor.

Women whose names we know today – Anthony, Lucretia Coffin Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton – were joined by men such as Henry Ward Beecher and Ralph Waldo Emerson in support of equal rights. The Seneca Falls Convention, in July 1848, marked a shift away from the earlier social movements into a focus on women’s right to vote. A further division occurred after the Civil War, when concern about the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment (granting the vote to African American men, including the formerly enslaved) divided supporters into a federal faction led by Anthony and Stanton and Lucy Stone’s state-by-state approach. In 1890, Anthony and Stanton’s group joined forces with Stone’s to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association, with notable members like Clara Barton and Julia Ward Howe.

Although western territories and states were early adopters of woman suffrage, beginning with Wyoming in 1869, the struggle for women’s right to vote gained traction after 1900, as more women were going to college and joining the workforce in white-collar jobs. While Carrie Chapman Catt focused on winning the support of senators and lobbyists, militant strategists like Alice Paul organized marches, rallies, and even hunger strikes to gain national support. After World War I, the 19th Amendment was finally approved by Congress in 1919 and ratified a year later when, on August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to sign.

Joint Resolution of Congress proposing a constitutional amendment extending the right of suffrage to women, approved June 4, 1919. Ratified Amendments, 1795-1992; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives.

Works Cited

Joint Resolution of Congress proposing a constitutional amendment extending the right of suffrage to women, approved June 4, 1919. Ratified Amendments, 1795-1992; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives. https://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=63.

Mintz, Steven. “The passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.” OAH Magazine of History, vol 21, no. 3, 2007, pp. 47-50. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/25162130.

“Woman Suffrage.” Encyclopedia. Issues & Controversies in American History, Infobase, https://icah-infobaselearning-com.ezjsrcc.vccs.edu:2443/icahencyarticle.aspx?ID=23336.

Juneteenth

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Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900, Texas by Mrs. Charles Stephenson (Grace Murray) from The Portal to Texas History Austin History Center, Austin Public Library. This media file is in the public domain in the United States.

On June 19th, 1865, in Galveston, Texas Union Major General Gordon Granger read General Order Number Three to an assembled group of people stating that all slaves were free. This was the news that resulted from Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation from Jan. 1, 1863 as it finally reached all states, and Texas became the very last state to hear of the news.  Within the black community, this announcement sparked an immediate celebration, and was again celebrated the following year. Years later at Booker T. Washington Park in Limestone, Texas the celebrations drew thousands of people in commemoration of this freedom. Black families gathered together that day to commemorate their final notification that slavery had officially ended.

As a result the date of June 19th was known as the blended word, Juneteenth, and celebrations spread throughout Texas and neighboring states. In the 19th century, festivities included the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, slave stories, prayer, speeches, rodeos, dances, games and lots of food. As populations spread from the southern United States to more urban areas the celebrations continued.  In the 1970’s the popularity of Juneteenth was resurfacing in Texas, and in 1980 it became a state holiday. Celebrations now include many festivities in many states as a celebration of freedom from slavery.

“Juneteenth.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition, Feb. 2020, p. 1. EBSCOhost, ezjsrcc.vccs.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=khh&AN=134522961&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Prather, Patricia Smith. “Juneteenth.” Cobblestone, vol. 18, no. 3, Mar. 1997, p. 17. EBSCOhost, ezjsrcc.vccs.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=khh&AN=9704025456&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Wynn, Linda T. “Juneteenth.” Freedom Facts & Firsts: 400 Years of the African American Civil Rights Experience, Jan. 2009, p. 26. EBSCOhost, ezjsrcc.vccs.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=khh&AN=40073964&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Gay Pride Month 2020

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStonewall Inn (#14) pride weekend 2016 Image taken from Wikimedia Commons. Image licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

“The spirit that emerged outside a Mafia-run bar in 1969 became the pulse of the gay community and inspired not just an annual parade but ways to express gay pride in individual lives.
Stonewall happens every day.”

― Ann Bausum, Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights

June is Gay Pride Month, and this year celebrates the impetus of the Pride movement, the Stonewall Riots of 1969. In recent years, we have witnessed laws passed ensuring marriage and workplace equality for the LGBTQ+ community. These rights were won through years of protest and legal battles – the will to fight for all of these hard-won rights began at the popular NYC hangout The Stonewall bar, which was also the epicenter of the Manhattan Gay and Lesbian community.

The New York City Police department would regularly raid the bar, arresting, or in some cases, brutally assaulting many of the customers. On June 28th 1969, the patrons of the Stonewall decided to fight back, inciting a riot when NYC Police attempted yet another raid. This time the police were met with stiff resistance, and from this uprising was born the Pride Movement, which has been fighting for equality ever since.

To read about the Stonewall Riots, and other stories about early champions of the Gay Rights Movement, start with the resources listed below. When performing your own search, make sure to utilize the filtering menus in the library catalog and library databases. 

Helpful search terms for your research: Gay Pride, LGBTQ+, Stonewall Riots, Marriage Equality

Electronic Resources

The Wedding Heard ‘Round the World: America’s First Gay Marriage by Michael McConnell, Jack Baker, and Gail Langer Karwoski – 2016

https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.ezproxy.vccs.edu:2443/lib/jsrcc/detail.action?docID=4391858

Law and the Gay Rights Story: The Long Search for Equal Justice in a Divided Democracy by Walter Frank – 2014

https://vcc-srl-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/1r9mc31/01VCC_NETWORK_ALMA5158073000004386

VIDEO

After Stonewall: America’s LGBT Movement – 1977

https://vcc-srl-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/anvtfj/01VCC_NETWORK_ALMA5166190510004386

BOOKS

The Stonewall Riots by Laurie Collier Hillstrom – 2016

Available in the Parham Circulating Collection

https://vcc-srl-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/1r9mc31/01VCC_NETWORK_ALMA990025418490204393

The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle by Lillian Faderman

Available in the Parham circulating collection

https://vcc-srl-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/1r9mc31/01VCC_NETWORK_ALMA990023015640204393

Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation by Jim Downs

Available in the Downtown circulating collection

https://vcc-srl-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/1r9mc31/01VCC_NETWORK_ALMA990023532550204393

June: Loving v. Virginia

In June of 1967, the Lovings won a landmark civil liberties case against the Commonwealth of Virginia’s interracial marriage laws and were the first of many couples to celebrate the downfall of Anti-miscegenation Laws that were in effect across the Southern states. June 12th is the day that we celebrate the accomplishment of one couple in the face of a tyrannical law that opened the gates for a multitude of couples across these United States.

Mildred and Richard Loving

Calhan, Greger. “A Loving Reality for All.” American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, 14 June 2013, https://www.aclu.org/blog/lgbt-rights/lgbt-relationships/loving-reality-all.

Carrington, Adam M. “Free and Happy Bonds: Loving V. Virginia’s Nineteenth-Century Precedent on Marriage and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Perspectives on Political Science, vol. 45, no. 2, Routledge, 2016, pp. 87–96, doi:10.1080/10457097.2015.1111733.

Gordon-Reed, Annette. Race on Trial : Law and Justice in American History. Oxford University Press, 2002.

Infobase, film distributor, and MacNeil/Lehrer Productions. Mildred Loving and Interracial Marriage. MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, 2008.

YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-qlS_J4Mho&feature=youtu.be. Accessed 27 May 2020.

Black History Month

This month the DTC Library put up a display on Black History Month based entirely on Google’s site that shows the most searched people in the past 15 years.

In honor of Black History Month, Google is celebrating the icons and moments that have been searched more than any others in the United States.

All the images and write-ups about the most searched people were found on this Google site. The books are available for checkout at all campus libraries. Enjoy the video below.

Reynolds Libraries offer extended hours during exam weeks: Fall 2019

extended-hoursTo help Reynolds students prepare for final exams,  Reynolds Libraries will extend its hours of operation during the last weeks of the semester at the Parham and Downtown campuses.

Extended Hours Schedule:

7:45 am – 10:00 pm          Monday, Dec. 2nd – Thursday, Dec. 5th

7:45 am – 5:00 pm            Friday, Dec, 6th

8:00 am – 2:00 pm            Saturday, Dec. 7th (Downtown Library only)

10:00 am – 4: 00 pm         Saturday, Dec. 7th, (Parham Library only)

7:45 am – 10:00 pm          Monday, Dec. 9th – Thursday, Dec. 12th

7:45 am – 5:00 pm            Friday, Dec. 13rd

We hope the extended hours will provide you a safe and comfortable learning environment and to offer you the research assistance you need for your final exams and papers.

Good luck!

Haze of Hot Dogs @ Library Open House

James Satchell grilled hot dogs for students outside of the Goochland Library using a grill made by Jason Berry, Reynolds student.


Heat, Haze & Hot Dogs…

In a haze of hot dogs, over 300 students, faculty & staff from Reynolds Community College attended the 2019 Library Tailgate Open House events at all three campuses. While they were there, 70+ students made the “Trek to Tutoring” to discover this valuable student support service at both Downtown & Parham campuses. Aside from dining on hot dogs, guests were also invited to download apps for Overdrive, Flipster, Brainfuse & Canvas. Instrumental guitarist Jackson Wright provided cool vibes to entertain us too!

One of the highlights for the Goochland Campus Tailgate was the use of an ornamental grill made by Reynolds student Jason Berry in Michael Vaughan’s Welding 155/Ornamental Welding class.

The best part was seeing YOU, our students, faculty & staff.
Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. Take a peek at the botanical designs displayed by David Pippin’s HRT 268/Advanced Floral Design class here:
https://flic.kr/s/aHsmHgQRvq





Reynolds Student Expo 2019

What Students Get to THINK about in Class

This week over 500 visitors to the Reynolds Libraries got to catch a glimpse into what Reynolds students really get to think about in class!

That’s because the Reynolds Student Expo was on display showcasing 188 student projects from 24 courses & 338 students.

Click here to see what they are really thinking about!

A big “THANK YOU” to the following faculty members for their support:

Anthony Roe Janet  Adams Mike Vaughan
B. T. Pryor Jill Newbauer Piumini Wanigasundera
Carolyn Parrish Karen Layou Rachel Jascizek
Christopher Thomas Karen Neal Shalini Upadhyaya
David Minoza Karin Stretchko Sheryl White
David Pippin Mary Penzer Stephen Sowulewski
Gretchen Mandley Maxie Cannon Sylvia Clay

Student Expo 2019

Congratulations to the following
“People’s Choice” Winners:

DTC (3 way tie):

  • “Life Cycle of a Butterfly” – CHD 120; Student: Joszette Eddy; Instructor: Sheryl White
  • “Diabetes” – Students: Tamika Coleman, Courtney Lund, Sarah Motley, Dominique James, Shannon Ennis and Stephen Ford; Instructor: Jill Newbauer, NSG 200.
  • “Need Sleep?” – Students: Whitney Lewis, Courtney White, Belle Kazikewe, Kaylyn Sullivan, Tamara Turner, Kathleen Cumiskey, Katrina Woodson; Instructor: Jill Newbauer, NSG 200.

GC:

  • “Airplane” – Student: Turner Parrish; Instructor: Mike Vaughan, WEL 155

PRC:

  • “Brain Match” – Student: Aaron Czerniawski; Instructor: Karen Neal,  BIO 102