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January 11, 2011

Events Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.
at the Houston Public Library

The Houston Public Library is pleased to present events featuring two distinguished professors, in honor and celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Both events are free to the public and suitable for all ages.

Thomas C. Holt
Saturday, January 15, 2011, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m
Central Library 500 McKinney, Houston, TX 77002

Join us for this special presentation, featuring author Thomas C. Holt, in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Mr. Holt will present information from his book, "Children of Fire: A History of African Americans."

Building on seminal books like John Hope Franklin's "From Slavery to Freedom" and many others, Holt captures the entire African American experience from the moment the first twenty African slaves were sold at Jamestown in 1619.

Thomas C. Holt is the James Westfall Thompson Professor of American and African American History at the University of Chicago. A past president of the American Historical Association, Holt has been a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also the author of "Black Over White," "The Problem of Freedom," "The Problem of Race in the Twenty-First Century," and co-author of "Beyond Slavery."

Tyrone Tillery
Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 4  p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Smith Neighborhood Library 3624 Scott St. , Houston, Texas 77004

Join us for this special presentation, featuring local professor and author Tyrone Tillery, in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Dr. Tillery will present a discussion entitled "What Would King Say about Race in America Today?"

Tyrone Tillery is an associate professor at the University of Houston.  He is a scholar of U.S. history who specializes in African American and Civil Rights history. Dr. Tillery has served as the executive director of the NAACP, Detroit Branch. He is the winner of the 1993 Gustavus Myers Center Outstanding Book Award on the subject of intolerance in the United States, and has been invited as a commentator by the Southwestern Historical Association and the Fourth Annual Conference on Latino Issues. Tillery is currently doing research on the history of race and intergroup relations in Detroit from 1943 to 1968.

Dr. Tillery's book "Claude McKay: A Black Poet's Struggle for Identity" received a "book of note" from the New York Times.

For more information call 832.393.1313, e-mail or visit

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