Libraries honor late educator during Black History Month

The Alachua County Library District and George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida are honoring the memory and work of educator Dr. Patricia Hilliard-Nunn in February by sharing Black films and books with the community.

The Alachua County Library District will showcase a display of DVDs and books on Black film, culture, and local history from Feb. 12 through March 12 at headquarter branch (401 E. University Avenue). The display will be located on the third floor and all items will be available for check out. Patrons can view the display during browsing hours Monday, Friday, and Saturday 2-5 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 2-7 p.m.

Dr. Hilliard-Nunn held a doctorate in mass communications from Florida State University and taught at the University of Florida’s African American Studies Program. Her research included Black media and African American history in Alachua County. This collection honors Dr. Hilliard-Nunn’s passion for cinema and her legacy as a director and producer dedicated to telling Black stories. She passed away in August 2020.

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The George A. Smathers Libraries created a legacy collection of Black film literature in Hilliard-Nunn’s honor, including films and documentaries about Black culture, history, and social issues. This collection includes an online guide for campus and public users featuring film titles and local resources.

In addition to the library district’s curated display, books and movies about Black history and culture can be placed on hold from the catalog and picked up during outside service or browsing hours.

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