National Library Week Events

Join us in celebrating National Library Week (April 8-14) by attending either or both of the following events co-sponsored by the Brookings Public Library.

Oscar Micheaux: Fact, Fiction, and Stories
H.M. Briggs Library, Room 130
Wednesday 11 April, 7 p.m.

Learn about the writing, films, and legacy of Oscar Micheaux from South Dakota Humanities Council speakers Joyce Jefferson and Jerry Wilske.  Joyce, in period clothing, will interact with scholarly Jerry, employing excerpts from Micheaux’s The Homesteader and The Conquest.  Refreshments will be served.

This program was made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Showing of Body and Soul, a film by Oscar Micheaux
Brookings Public Library, Cooper Room
515 3rd Street
Friday 13 April, 7 p.m.

Body and Soul, from 1925, is actor Paul Robeson’s first film.  Robeson plays two roles—the Right Reverend Jenkins, a criminal masquerading as a preacher, and his ̒̒̒twin brother Sylvester.  Micheaux’s wrote and directed the film which features melodramatic elements as well as elements innovative for the time, including “flashbacks, dream sequences, [and] simultaneous action” (Adler, para. 2).

Who is Oscar Micheaux?

Unfamiliar with the homesteader, author, filmmaker, and entrepreneur Oscar Micheaux?  Check out the biographies below or ask a librarian for more information.

NAACP History: Oscar Micheaux

Biography of Oscar Micheaux from IMDb

Oscar Micheaux.biography


Works Cited

Adler, David. “̔Body and Soul’ By Oscar Micheaux, 1925 New Original Score by Wycliffe Gordon.” All About Jazz. 12 March 2004. Web. 21 March 2012.

Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian


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