The open house and dedication of the new Rose M. Nolen Black History Library is taking place in Sedalia on Saturday.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Dr. Margaret Harlan:

Margaret Harlan

Harlan is the owner of the building.  She is a retired psychologist, and at one time marched with Dr. King.

She says years ago she became interested while the Landmark building was being erected near her project and the streetscape was being completed.  She realized there were no black workers on either of the projects.

“What I feel is needed is for us to all get acquainted, for blacks and whites to get acquainted, and to get to know each other as people and really become one community,” said Harlan.

Rose Nolen is an author and award-winning columnist.   She wrote Hoecakes, Hambone, and all that Jazz.

The open house will run fro 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Mayor Elaine Horn will speak at 10:00.

Press Release from the Rose M. Nolen Black History Library

Rose M. Nolen is an author and award-winning columnist. She is the author of Hoecakes, Hambone and all that Jazz, the story of the customs and traditions of African Americans in Mis-Missouri from Pioneers to Ragtimers. In 1989, as a columnist for the Columbia Daily Tribune, she was named by the Missouri Press Association as the state’s best columnist. For several years, she edited and published Mid-Missouri Black Watch, a quarterly newsletter of and serving African American communities. In 2003, she was the recipient of the Governor’s Humanities Award for excellence in community heritage. She currently writes columns for the Columbia Missourian and the Sedalia Democrat.

Open House & Dedication of the New Rose M. Nolen Black History Library

109 Lima Alley • Sedalia

(On Ohio 2 blocks north of the railroad tracks on the right.  Where Rose lived for 30 years and raised her son, Mark.)

Saturday, February 23, 2012

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mayor Elaine Horn will speak at 10 a.m.

Raymond Taylor will sing