In the 1960s and 70s, members of the Black American LGBTQ community bravely spoke and wrote about their individual experiences with sexual identity during volatile times of racial and social conflict. Highlighting the careers of Alice Dunbar, Bayard Rustin and Audre Lorde, this exhibit honors the pivotal viewpoints of writers, poets and activists who advocated for acceptance and equality for all.
IMAGE CREDIT: Smith, Jay J., designer. “Headdress”. Lorde, Audre, 1934-1992, author. The black unicorn: poems. New York: Norton, 1978.
About the African American Research Library and Cultural Center
The Broward County African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) is located in the Sistrunk community, one of the oldest historically Black communities named for one of Fort Lauderdale’s first Black physicians. Opening to the public on October 26, 2002, AARLCC became the third public library of its kind in the United States dedicated to the study of Black history and culture. The 60,000 square-foot Center serves as a repository of materials related to the local, national, and international voices of the African diaspora with more than 85,000 books, manuscripts, artifacts, framed art, print, photography, audiovisual, and documents held in our Adult Services Section and Special Collections. The Youth Services Section features a special collection of Coretta Scott King Award books and the Ashley Bryan Art Collection from illustrators of African Descent. AARLCC also features a 5,000 sq. ft. museum, a 300-seat state-of-the-art theatre, and a Computer Training Center.