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Black History Month
*descriptions of resources taken directly from sites unless otherwise noted
Black History Month 2021
An extensive collection of resources from The Washington Post, divided into different subtopics such as Slavery and Freedom, Movement for Racial Justice, Food, etc. (LM)
Digital Schomburg Library
Relying on the expertise of distinguished curators and scholars, Digital Schomburg provides access to trusted information, interpretation, and scholarship on the global black experience 24/7. Users worldwide can find, in this virtual Schomburg Center, exhibitions, books, articles, photographs, prints, audio and video streams, and selected external links for research in the history and cultures of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora.
Equal Justice Initiative
The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
1619 Project Curriculum
The 1619 Project, inaugurated with a special issue of The New York Times Magazine, challenges us to reframe U.S. history by marking the year when the first enslaved Africans arrived on Virginia soil as our nation's foundational date. Here you will find reading guides, activities, and other resources to bring The 1619 Project into your classroom.
PBS Black Culture Connection
A resource and guide to the films, stories and voices across public television centered around Black history and culture.
Some books in our library's collection
Just Mercy by
Publication Date: 2015-08-18
A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice--from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by
Publication Date: 2020-11-10
"You cannot fix a problem you do not know you have." So begins Emmanuel Acho in his essential guide to the truths Americans need to know to address the systemic racism that has recently electrified protests in all fifty states.
Stamped from the Beginning by
Publication Date: 2017-08-15
The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society. In shedding light on this history, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose racist thinking. In the process, he gives us reason to hope.
So You Want to Talk about Race by
Publication Date: 2019-09-24
In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.
Publication Date: 2019-01-29
A brilliant, lively account of the Black Renaissance that burst forth in Pittsburgh from the 1920s through the 1950s. Today black Pittsburgh is known as the setting for August Wilson's famed plays about noble, but doomed, working-class citizens. But this community once had an impact on American history that rivaled the far larger black worlds of Harlem and Chicago.
Dear Martin by
Publication Date: 2018-09-04
Justyce McAllister is a good kid, an honor student, and always there to help a friend--but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.
The Color of Law by
Publication Date: 2018-05-01
Exploding the myth of de facto segregation arising from private prejudice or the unintended consequences of economic forces, Rothstein describes how the American government systematically imposed residential segregation: with undisguised racial zoning; public housing that purposefully segregated previously mixed communities; subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs; tax exemptions for institutions that enforced segregation; and support for violent resistance to African Americans in white neighborhoods.
28 Days, 28 Films For Black History Month
Chief film critics at the NY Times have chosen essential movies from the 20th century that convey the larger history of black Americans in cinema.
Black Lives Matter
Learn more about racial injustice and the Black experience in America with this collection of films, series and documentaries from Netflix.
Celebrating Black Stories
A not-just-for-February collection of inspiring Black artists, talent, voices, and visionaries on Hulu.
Black History Month: NPR Podcasts on Spotify
February is Black History Month. Commemorate the Black community's heroes, continued struggles and unique experiences in these episodes from NPR and beyond.