Yesterday we posted about Spritz, a speed reading software for speed reading. Take a look at some examples of the speed-reading software–you might be reading at 500 words per minute before you know it. What better way to celebrate national reading month than by reading faster than ever before?
Image taken from : http://www.springwise.com/read-300-page-book-90-minutes-app/
Eartha Kitt, best known for her recordings of “C’est Si Bon” and “Santa Baby,” was the Beyoncé of her day. Eartha Kitt was born on a plantation in South Carolina until she and her mother moved off the plantation and settled in New York. Upon her arrival in New York, her show-business career began to take off and soon she was appearing in film, theater, cabaret, music and television. Her initial career began with her starring role in Dr. Faustus and continued to her most renowned role in the television version of Batman as her role of Catwoman. The younger generation typically remember Eartha Kitt for her role as YZMA in the Disney movie, Emperor’s New Groove.
However aside from all of her success in film Eartha Kitt is most notably recognized for her role as an activist and social speaker. It was her position on the Vietnam War that caused her blacklist from the professional community, which transpired during her visit at the White House during President Johnson term. Eartha Kitt’s opinion on the Vietnam War is as follows:
“The children of America are not rebelling for no reason. They are not hippies for no reason at all. We don’t have what we have on Sunset Blvd. for no reason. They are rebelling against something. There are so many things burning the people of this country, particularly mothers. They feel they are going to raise sons-and I know what it’s life, and you have children of your own, Mrs. Johnson- we raise children and send them to war.”
After her statement on the Vietnam War finding work within the United States became challenging and limited, causing her to network outside of the United States to find work.
For more information on African American Women in History please visit the Rebecca Crown Library.
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Spring Break is next week, March 3-9. The library is open the following hours:
Sunday, March 2 – Friday, March 7:
8am – 8pm
Saturday, March 8:
CLOSED for the Benefit Concert
Sunday, March 9:
Regular hours resume, 8am – 12midnight
Librarians will be available over the break to help you with your assignments and research.
On February 25, 1870 Hiram R. Revels became the first African American man to be sworn into Congress. He was a college educated minister from Natchez, Mississippi. During the Civil War he helped form African American regiments, started a school for freed men, and was a chaplain for the Union army. He was posted in Mississippi during the war. Afterwards, he stayed in the state to enter politics.
The Republican Party dominated Southern politics due to a new politically mobilized African American male population. Hiram R. Revels was elected to fill the vacant seat that once belonged to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Revels and 15 other African American men served in Congress, 600 served in state legislatures, and hundreds more served in local offices during Reconstruction. The Rebecca Crown Library has some articles, and access to other great resources if you’d like to learn more.
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Over the last few months talk about Asian carp has increased exponentially in the Chicagoland area. Why? Asian carp is not indigenous to the Great Lakes region, and it is a very large fish. So large that it quickly invades the local fisheries leaving little room for anything else. They are known to jump out of the water forcefully enough to hit people in the face. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association invasive species can seriously alter with the indigenous resources and the human use of these resources. The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science research these invasive species.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been asked by the White House and Congress to come up with a solution. One of these solutions is blocking parts of Chicago’s canal systems so the fish cannot get into Lake Michigan. However, this blocks commercial ships from normal business and could cost almost $18 billion. One local man’s solution is to just eat and hunt the carp into extinction. There is no perfect solution to this problem, so expect to hear a lot more about it.