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In recognition of Black History Month, the Old Dominion University Libraries will sponsor an exhibit entitled "The African Diaspora: Voices and Rhythms," available for viewing in the main lobby of the Perry Library through Friday, Feb. 25.

The African diaspora is the story of how Africans -- forced from their families and enslaved in a new world where everything familiar was absent -- managed to retain traditions and re-form identities in spite of persecution. African cultural elements, such as religion, language, and music, blended over time with other cultures in the United States to create today's mosaic of American culture.

The exhibit traces the effects of the diaspora from the shores of Africa to modern America. Features include photographs, maps, and books, including works by such noted African-American writers as Richard Wright and Langston Hughes. In addition, an exhibit Web page is located at http://www.lib.odu.edu/special/exhibits/blackhistory/2005/diaspora.htm.

For more information please contact Susan Catlett, special collections coordinator, at 683-4483.

This article was posted on: February 2, 2005

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