October is Anthropology Month. The African American Research Library acknowledges its 21st year and will uplift Black women in anthropology. This celebratory program series will be dedicated to Ft. Lauderdale's very own, the late Dr. Niara Sudarkasa. The public program will consist of conversations centered around Dr. Sudarkasa's anthropology work and influences in her respective field. Discussants will include but not be limited to anthropologists that worked directly or were influenced by Dr. Sudarkasa, her mentors, Michael Sudarkasa, her son, and Maya Sudarkasa, the granddaughter of the renowned anthropologist.
The AARLCC and Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab (WPHL) of Florida International University (FIU) will present its collaborative Community Data Curation Project public program: part 3. Intergenerational participants (anthropologists, oral history professionals, interns, and cultural gatekeepers will hold interdisciplinary discussions. An exhibit featuring highlights of the Niara Sudarkasa collection curated by WPHL FIU student interns, archives, special collections, and adult reference will be on display for the month of October and highlighted during the program.
Dr. Deborah Johnson-Simon, Museum Anthropologist, Savannah State University will serve as moderator for the third event of the three-part series.
Friday, October 13, 2023 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Featuring Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab, Florida International University - "Community Data Curation Project" student interns
Dominique St. Victor
Saturday, October 14, 2023 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Join AARLCC and community as we honor Ft. Lauderdale's own anthropologist, Dr. Niara Sudarkasa. Her family will join as special guests. A panel of Black anthropologists will provide their work inspired by this historical legend.
Dr. Deborah Johnson-Simon
Dr. Alisha Winn
Dr. Erica Williams
Dr. Emmanuel Babatunde
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.