Posts Tagged ‘Social Justice’

Event Announcement: Lecture on Janet Mary Riley by Janet Allured ::: April 11th, Monroe Library, 2:30-3:30

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Event Announcement:

Janet Allured, Ph.D. will present the lecture “Janet Mary Riley: An Angel with Teeth” in conjunction with Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives exhibit “Janet Mary Riley: A Voice for Social Justice In Louisiana” as part of the citywide NOLA4Women exhibition series that seeks to celebrate generations of women who have built and rebuilt the city of New Orleans.

Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Location: Monroe Library, Multimedia II, RM 133

Time: 2:30-3:30 pm

FREE

Light refreshments will be provided

Janet Allured is Professor of History and Women’s Studies at McNeese State University.  Her latest book is “Remapping Second-Wave Feminism:  The Long Women’s Rights Movement in Louisiana, 1950-1997” (University of Georgia Press, 2016).  She is currently at work on a monograph about southern Methodist women as progressive reformers, 1939-2000.

Janet Mary Riley, Loyola alum and first female law professor in New Orleans, remained dedicated throughout her career to protecting the rights of the disenfranchised in Louisiana. Riley’s papers housed in the Special Collections & Archives at Monroe Library Loyola University New Orleans are the focus of their new exhibit showcasing letters, publications, awards, and legal achievements that bring Ms. Riley to life in her own words.

This lecture is brought to you through a Loyola University New Orleans Strength in Diversity grant.

Collection Spotlight: May Day Edition

Today is May Day!

May Day (with its celebratory Maypole Dance) can be considered a day to celebrate spring in the northern hemisphere, or possibly known as a neopagan holiday (Beltane) that celebrates the time between the spring equinox and summer solstice. May Day is also otherwise known as International Workers’ Day; a day of celebration, protest, labor strikes, and commemorations of the organized labor movement.

In the context of May Day’s celebration of labor organization, we are shining our collection spotlight on some images from our New Orleans Social Justice and Activism, 1980s-1990s collection.

This collection consists primarily of materials related to social justice issues in and around New Orleans and Latin America from the mid-1980s to early 1991. The collection includes pamphlets and newsletters of various coalitions in opposition to David Duke’s 1990 gubernatorial campaign, contemporary news clippings, and reference materials on Duke and white supremacy. The collection also contains organizing materials in opposition to The Gulf War and local journals relative to labor parties, unions, and social justice, including Central American News, Bayou Worker, Second Line, Crescent City Green Quarterly, and Brad Ott’s Avant!, Dialogue, and Café Progresso. The papers of The Gary Modenbach Social Aid and Pleasure Club are also included.

Below you will find some images from Series I: Social Justice Literature, 1983-2002, a series that includes a wide array of New Orleans’ political action journals, newsletters, flyers and mailers concerning anti-racism, worker’s rights, environmental health, the Green Party, Central American solidarity, nuclear disarmament, and anti-David Duke coalitions.

Folder 14 of this series contains labor and environment-focused flyers, ephemera, and other miscellanea and is where the originals below are located.

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We hope you enjoyed this sample of the New Orleans Social Justice and Activism collection and follow these links to other blog posts that highlight our Social Justice collections.

These collections are available for research M-F 9-4:30 in the Special Collections & Archives at Loyola University New Orleans.

Here’s a bittersweet a song of an oft-unemployed union worker as an added Lagniappe; The Kinks’ “Get Back In The Line.”