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A guide to information and resources on African American History Month.
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Black History Month


"Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history."


Origin of African American History Month


Reference Books

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Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present - Paul Finkelman (Editor)
Call Number: E185 .E5453 2009
ISBN: 9780195167795
Publication Date: 2009-02-02
Available in Reference on the 2nd floor.

Library Databases

  • ARTstor
    Information on ARTstor's collection of African American artwork and collections in honor of Black History Month.
  • Black Studies in Video
    Alexander Street Press's award-winning black studies portfolio, containing seminal documentaries, interviews, archival footage and more. Available for free through February.

African American History: Then and Now

Muntz Library is featuring a poster display of African American History. These posters were part of Dr. Koster's History of African Americans class contest for outstanding research and design under the theme of African American History: Then and Now. Congratulations to our very own Administrative Assistant, Tamara Brown, for winning this contest! Thank you Dr. Koster and students for these edifying works!


Books on Display

These items are on display on the 2nd floor of the library. To check one out, please see the Reference or Circulation Desk.

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Barack Obama and African Diasporas - Paul Tiyambe Zeleza
Call Number: DT16.5 .Z45 2009
ISBN: 9780821418963
Publication Date: 2009-12-08

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I Am a Man! - Steve Estes
Call Number: E185.61.E76 2005
ISBN: 0807829293
Publication Date: 2005-03-14

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Performing Identity/Performing Culture - Greg Dimitriadis
Call Number: E185.86 .D55 2001
ISBN: 0820451762
Publication Date: 2004-01-01

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Rhetoric, Religion, and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965 - Davis W. Houck; David E. Dixon
Call Number: E185.61 .R48 2006eb
ISBN: 9781602581036
Publication Date: 2006-10-15

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The Autobiography of Medgar Evers - Manning Marable; Myrlie Evers-Williams
Call Number: F349.J13 A3 2005
ISBN: 9780465021772
Publication Date: 2005-05-31

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Out of Sight - Lynn Abbott
Call Number: ML3479 .A2 2009
ISBN: 9781604730395
Publication Date: 2003-01-01

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The Persistence of the Color Line - Randall Kennedy
Call Number: E 185.615 .K376 2011
ISBN: 9780307377890
Publication Date: 2011-08-16

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Slow Fade to Black - Thomas Cripps
Call Number: PN1995.9.N4 C7
ISBN: 0195021304
Publication Date: 1977-02-03

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The Race Beat - Gene Roberts; Hank Klibanoff
Call Number: PN4888 .R3 R63 2006
ISBN: 0679403817
Publication Date: 2006-10-31


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