As part of the 2010 Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance and Black History Month Celebration, Children's created two new exhibits celebrating history, diversity and the human spirit. Take some time to visit the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. display in the bookcase across from the Bank of America machines in the Pavilion Lobby, and the Black History Month exhibit right outside the Gamble Reading Room in the Children's Library. These exhibits are presented by the MLK Observance Committee and the Black History Month Observance Committee.
The 2009 Black History Month Observance Program was marked by an address from Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, senior vice president for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.
Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Women's Health Research, Dr. Montgomery Rice is one of only 14 female deans of medical schools in the country and the youngest among all current deans. Dr. Montgomery Rice has dedicated her entire career to improving the health of women through her involvement in organizations such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the National Medical Association, the National Institutes of Health, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wal-Mart, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and many others. She is a prolific writer, lecturer and academician who has been recognized for her work and commitment through board appointments and frequent awards.