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This is the year that Leonidas C. Dyer, a Congressman and a Republican, who served eleven terms (1911-1933) in the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri, proposed the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill after the 1917 Riots in East St. Louis. Although the House voted for the bill, it was not passed into law by the Senate. Thus, begins the long journey that culminated in the Emmitt Till Antilynching Act that is now law. President Biden signed the legislation into law on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

From the BAIC (Black Americans in Congress) website you can trace the long history of lynchings. Click here.

The Chicago and Summit Connections

Here are two other possible individuals who had an impact on lynching, this heinous American mob action.

Ida B. Wells, a journalist, educator, and civil rights proponent, relocated from Memphis, Tennessee, to Chicago after her office was destroyed. The MVCC library owns Selected works of Ida B. Wells-Barnett / compiled with an introduction by Trudier Harris. Click here for the information and the call number to find it on the shelf in our circulating collection on the lower level. 

And, of course, Emmett Till spent some time as a child in Summit, Illinois, before his mother moved to Chicago. The village has placed a marker at the home, 7526 W. 64th Street. Emmett lost his life in 1955 in Mississippi. Click here to get to the items available at the MVCC library on Emmett Till.

If You Liked The Batman, You’ll Love These Books

Cover Photo: Batman: Last Knight on Earth

Here is a short list of the some of the best Batman titles that have the same look and feel as “The Batman”.

Batman: The Court Of Owls Saga – Considered one of the greatest Batman stories ever told, this maybe the basis of the next Reeves/Pattinson Dark Knight movie.

Batman: Last Knight On Earth – Another Scott Snyder penned title and the obvious influence for the post car chase scene in the movie.

Batman: The Long Halloween – Like the new film, this quintessential title takes place during Batman’s early days of crime fighting. Of all the Batman titles, this one is probably written the most as a murder mystery and showcased Batman’s detective skills.

Marie Kondo’s Magic Manga of Cleaning

Cover photo : The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up ( A Magical Story) by Marie Kondo

Spring is coming quickly and with it a newfound energy. There is a lot of pressure to use this energy for spring cleaning but often people don’t know where to start. If you find yourself overwhelmed, this is the perfect book for you. Marie Kondo has made a name for herself in the organization community with a method that is both gentle and effective for everyone. The method of cleaning is easy to learn too! This manga does not read like a paralyzing to do list, but a compelling story with a character you can find yourself in. With visuals on how to fold different clothes to brutal truths about those miscellaneous doodads, this easy read will be sure to give you the kick you need!

Click Here to reserve Marie Kondo’s book and start your spring cleaning !

RESOLVED — Digital Theatre + Off-Campus Access Issue

The issue has been resolved. Please use this link to access Digital Theatre +:

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Digital Theatre + is not working of- campus. Access is limited to on-campus use currently. The library is working with the vendor to get this issue resolved. The post will be updated as new information is received. If you have any questions, please ask a librarian.

Christianity, Islam, and Judaism all have important fasts and feasts or celebrations this spring

The month-long fast of Ramadan, which Muslims observe, is based on a lunar calendar. It tends to cover the entire calendar ultimately. This year, however, Ramadan begins on April 2. By this time, Christians have had Lent for a month and are preparing for Easter on April 17 (or April 24 for Orthodox Christians). Meanwhile, Jews begin the celebration of Passover on Friday, April 15 and conclude on Saturday, April 3.

All of these commemorations represent very important events in each religion. While it is not easy to give a summary in this blog, we can get more depth and information not only off the web but also from the selections of materials that the MVCC Library has.


Try this ebook for the foundational faith of Judaism. Both Christians and Muslims draw from God’s first revelation of Himself to the ancient Hebrews: 


For a history of Christianity, here is a suggested ebook text:,119,333,B/frameset&FF=dchurch+history&23,,30?save=b380310


Finally, find this book on Islam in our circulating collection on the lower level of the library:

Gene Ha at MVCC

Last week, graphic novel artist and writer Gene Ha visited campus to share his work and creative process with MVCC. Students, staff, and community members can enjoy Ha’s work by visiting his exhibition in the FPAC until March 7th.

The library also has access to Ha’s graphic novel, Mae, available on Hoopla.

Aspiring artists can also view Gene Ha’s 2016 visit to MVCC Library as he speaks about his creative process.

For more information about these opportunities, click the image below:

Gene Ha at MVCC
Click the image above to view more information about Gene Ha at MVCC.

From the Night’s Watch to the Black Knight

SPOILER ALERT: If you’ve seen The Eternals in theaters or on Disney+, you’ve undoubtedly seen Kit Harrington’s post-credit scene. In it, we get a glimpse of Dane (Kit Harrington) in the presence of a large Game of Throne-like sword, and then a powerful voice calls him by his full name and heeds a warning.

Dane’s last name is Whittman, and Dane Whittman is the Black Knight.

If you can’t wait until Eternals 2 to find out more about this mysterious Marvel character, you can read Black Knight: The Fall Of Dane Whitman on Hoopla.

ProQuest Database Downtime

ProQuest databases will under maintenance on Saturday, January 15th from 9 PM until January 16th at 5 AM. During this time, these databases will be unavailable. The following databases will be affected:

  • Chicago Tribune
  • Chicago Tribune Historical
  • Coronavirus Research Database
  • Criminal Justice Periodical Index
  • History Study Center
  • New York Times
  • New York Times Historical
  • Nursing and Allied Health Premium
  • SIRS Researcher
  • U.S. Major Dailies
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Washington Post

If you have any questions, please ask a librarian.

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