Library Book Display: Black History Month

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." — Martin Luther King Jr. Come celebrate and learn about the influential history of African Americans at the JTCC library.  Discover important leaders from the Civil War, abolition, and the Civil Rights Movement.  Check out early freedom figures such as Harriet Tubman and Fredrick Douglass to modern leaders such as President Obama who have defied social injustice and empowered the black community. Love music and…continue reading →

UPDATE: Henrietta Lacks celebrated by Virginia House of Delegates

Henrietta Lacks anonymous cell donation changed modern medicine. Her cells were used in medical studies and made millions for others, all without permission or payment to her family. Now Henrietta and her family are getting some official recognition from the VA Legislature. HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 74 offered February 17, 2011 Celebrating the life of Henrietta Lacks: Were it not for the work of Henrietta Lacks’ children, especially her daughter Deborah Lacks, and Rebecca Skloot, the author of the book that finally told the story of Henrietta Lacks, the origination of the HeLa cell line…continue reading →

Black History Month: Golden Age of Jazz

Experience the Golden Age of Jazz as if you were there! Photographer William P. Gottlieb passed his collection of 1,600+ photographs of jazz musicians--most taken between 1938-1948--into the public domain. The Library of Congress curates the collection and has made them available online through Flickr. Over and over, Gottlieb captures the essential personality of the musician. See big names--Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald--up close and personal. Gottlieb's respect for the music and musician shines; he was an early jazz fan and had the first newspaper column on jazz. Take a moment and travel back in time! More…continue reading →

Black History Month: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Henrietta Lacks has been called the most important person in medicine...though she was never a doctor. Henrietta Lacks helped to develop the cure for polio....though she never did any research. Henrietta Lacks lives today...though she died in 1951. Her Story Henrietta Lacks went to Johns Hopkins Hospital seeking treatment for cervical cancer in 1950. Henrietta died, but during her stay a sample of her tumor was collected. These cells were taken without her or her family's knowledge or permission, which was standard practice at the time. In the lab, her cells were reproduced…continue reading →