Picture: Toni Morrison, African American "novelist, essayist, book editor, and college professor," who passed away in August 2019.
Origin of Black History Month
February is Black History Month, also called African American History Month. Celebrate the history and contributions of African American people with your library!
The study of the history of African Americans originated with Carter G. Woodson, a "prolific scholar" who "systematically democratized, popularized, and legitimized the study of African American history in U.S. educational institutions and popular culture during the era of Jim Crow segregation."
African American History Month
"The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society."
Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)
The ASALH dedicates 2020's Black History Month to the theme "African Americans and the Vote." This year marks both the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote, and the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment, which gave black men the right to vote after the end of the Civil War.
A sampling of our books that were added within the past couple of years, either about race, African Americans, or by black authors. Most of these are currently on the Black History Month display on the main floor of the library.
Writings (1986 edition) by W. E. B. DuBois (includes The suppression of the African slave-trade, The souls of Black folk, Dusk of dawn, and his essays and articles)