February is Black History Month, and the library is celebrating with a special display of books from our collections. This year we are highlighting the work of Alvenia Fulton, ND, PhD.
Trailblazing nutritionist Dr. Alvenia Moody Fulton (1907-2018), the “Queen of Nutrition,” was a black naturopath and nutritionist who rose to fame during the 1960s-70s. She earned an ND from Lincoln College of Naturopathy in Indianapolis before moving to Chicago where she established the Fultonia Health and Fasting Institute, selling vegetarian dishes and health foods, natural cures, and supplements, and acting as a health and weight-loss consultant for members of the community.
Dr. Fulton’s following grew to include stars like Redd Foxx, Mahalia Jackson, Roberta Flack, Ruby Dee, Michael Caine, and Godfrey Cambridge. Comedian Dick Gregory was a loyal student, using his fame to magnify her call for the adoption of a raw, plant-based diet in black communities. Gregory consulted frequently with Dr. Fulton and followed her therapeutic fasting methods both as a health exercise and as a means of protest, using hunger strikes to bring attention to racial and social injustices and to protest the war in Vietnam.
Dr. Fulton authored the books Vegetarianism: Fact or Myth? Eating to Live and The Fasting Primer, and along with James McGraw co-edited Dick Gregory’s Natural Diet for Folks Who Eat: Cookin’ with Mother Nature!
On Friday, January 24, the library will celebrate the Lunar New Year with festive decorations and treats in the Chinese Herb Library. Stop by the library after 2:30 PM to sample oranges, candies, and other delicious snacks!
During the July beak, your intrepid librarians shifted the entire collection and sorted a portion of it onto carts to be relocated. Once the summer term started, the compact shelving was removed and transported to another room in the Academic Building.
This created an open area in the back room that we soon filled with new benches, carrels, and tables. We also have new paint, new lighting, and a lot of new plants.
The book collection in the stacks has been condensed, but your old standbys are still there—our priority was to keep high-demand items and key subject areas available in the way you’re used to. Updated call number signs on the ends of the shelves will guide you to the materials.
We hope you enjoy the open, airy feeling and the extra study space. Please let us know what you think.