Black History Month

February is Black History Month but the rich history and diverse experiences of African Americans are the subjects of new scholarship and excellent exhibitions and there is so much more to learn and know. It started as an idea for a week of public awareness, in 1915 with the foundation by Dr. Carter G. Woodson and Rev. Jesse E. Moorland of the “Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). Their goal was to research and bring awareness to the largely ignored, yet crucial role black people played in American and world history.” A wealth of links to timelines, biographies, news, images, videos, spoken word, and many other excellent resources can be found at sites such as biography.com.

Our Luria library has countless resources available for those interested in African American Studies, including not only books in the Luria Library catalog, but articles available through electronic reference sources like Credo Reference, the History Reference Center, and Minorities: Race and Ethnicity in America.

The library also has multiple research guides available that are focused on African American history, one of which is our Resources for Black Studies research guide, which contains listings of books in our catalog and links to electronic reference sources relating to Black Studies, tips on keywords to search when using these electronic reference sources for Black Studies, a guide on primary versus secondary sources, and several links to websites on Black history, from the Civil War days to the present.

Also, check out our Black History Month Book display located at the center of the library, includes some of the best books written by African American authors. For example,

1. KINDRED BY OCTAVIA BUTLER

2. HUNGER: A MEMOIR OF (MY) BODY BY ROXANE GAY

3. BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME BY TA-NEHISI COATES

4. THE AUDACITY OF HOPE: THOUGHTS ON RECLAIMING THE AMERICAN DREAM BY BARACK OBAMA

5. BROWN GIRL DREAMING BY JACQUELINE WOODSON