Category: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Prolific Midwife Made Her Mark in Tampa

Maria Messina Greco wrote six thousand names in her notepads, each one for a life she ushered into the world

The writing, most of it in pencil, has faded with the years. Each small page in the sixty-two palm-sized notebooks bears the name of a new life ushered into the world by a remarkable Sicilian midwife born in 1880. Like most of … Continue Reading

Celebrating Women’s History


Women’s History Month is an annual celebration in March dedicated to the contributions and achievements women have made to our society and culture, and the vital role they’ve played throughout history in the United States. This month-long commemoration began as a week … Continue Reading

Digital Dialogs: A Portrait of Blanche Armwood


In honor of Black History Month, Digital Dialogs would like to highlight the story of one local leader for her commitment to education and equality. Blanche Armwood became a prominent figure on the national stage, known for her dedication to education and social reform … Continue Reading

Fair Use and the Creation of New Art

Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week: February 22-26, 2021

Fair Use Week is a celebration of the creative possibilities enabled by of one of copyright laws most powerful exceptions. The fair use exception in copyright law establishes that some uses of copyrighted material are fair to use, therefore not infringing on … Continue Reading

The Jackson Rooming House Remembered and Re-envisioned

The history and future of the last-remaining African American boarding house in Tampa

The Jackson Rooming House was once a haven for black entertainers, athletes, teachers, clergymen, and visitors to Tampa, Florida. Located a block west of Tampa Union Station along Nebraska Avenue at 835 Zack Street — currently 851 East Zack St. — it … Continue Reading

Meet Jordan Norris-Gaither, Student Scholar

Special Collections Latin American & Other Science Fiction Research Award Recipient

Back in November 2020, we celebrated our Fall student scholarship and research award recipients, and we have another wonderful student at the Tampa Library to spotlight this month. Jordan Norris-Gaither, Special Collections Latin American & Other Science Fiction Research Award Recipient Advertising and … Continue Reading