Library joins national Latino cultural project

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has been selected to receive a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association.

As one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library will receive a cash grant of $3,000 to hold public programming – such as public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects or performances – about Latino history and culture.

Work on the effort will begin later this year, under the guidance of Library Manager Beatriz Guevara and Librarian Ed McDonald.

The library will also receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to the present. (Learn more about the series at www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/.)

The Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grantees represent 42 states and the District of Columbia and include 78 public libraries, 68 college/university libraries and organizations, 19 community college libraries, 10 state humanities councils, 12 museums and a range of other nonprofit organizations.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.