Category Archives: Library Display

Rightfully Hers – Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

Rightfully Hers

The Claire T. Carney Library at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is hosting a new popup exhibition from the National ArchivesRightfully Hers, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Rightfully Hers contains simple messages exploring the history of the ratification of the 19th amendment, women’s voting rights before and after the 19th, and its impact today. Despite decades of marches, petitions, and public debate to enshrine a woman’s right to vote in the constitution, the 19th Amendment – while an enormous milestone – did not grant voting rights for all. The challenges of its passage reverberate to the ongoing fight for gender equity today.  The exhibit is located near the 1st floor Circulation Desk and will run through mid-September 2020.

Rightfully Hers co-curator Jennifer N. Johnson states: “The ratification of the 19th Amendment was a landmark moment in American history that dramatically changed the electorate, and although it enshrined in the U.S. Constitution fuller citizenship for women many remained unable to vote.”

Rightfully Hers is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the National Archives has launched a nationwide initiative and major exhibition that explores the generations-long fight for universal woman suffrage. The exhibition is presented in part by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, and Denise Gwyn Ferguson.

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African American Memory and Experience

African American Memory and Experience, the current book exhibit in the library lobby, features compelling expressions of the Black Experience through memoirs, biographies and arts of modern African Americans.  Stories and images of individuals and society graphically portray suffering, grief and success in the struggle against racism.  We encourage everyone to borrow, read and share these words at the UMass Dartmouth Annual African American Read-In on February 13.