Black History Month

Let Nobody Turn Us Around Book JacketThe PCC Library continuously selects materials related to African American history and contemporary culture. Browse this page to explore and learn more about the achievements and contributions of African Americans as we celebrate Black History Month together. See Black History Month for a complete schedule of PCC related events.

About Black History Month

Established in 1926 by noted African American historian Carter G. Woodson, it was originally called Negro History Week, and evolved to become a month-long event in 1976. February was selected because Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln have birthdays during the month. The annual event provides an opportunity to learn about the history, traditions and contributions of African-Americans.

Recommended video

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequality
This video introduces the dynamics of systemic racial inequality. PCC Library owns streaming rights of this video for 3 years. It will expire in August 2017.

Recommended books in PCC Library

Black like me
by John Howard Griffin (2012)
Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America(eBook)
Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America
by Eugene Robinson (2010)
Let Nobody Turn us Around: Voices of Resistance, Reform and Renewal: An African American Anthology
by Manning Marable and Leith Mullings (2009)
Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008
by Henry Louis Gates Jr. (2011)
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man
by Henry Louis Gates Jr. (1997)
Waking From the Dream: The Struggle For Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King Jr.
by David L. Chappell (2014)
White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race (eBook)
by Ian Haney-Lopez (1996)

Oregon related websites

African American History in Oregon
Published by the Oregon Historical Society, this page hosts links to primary documents and summaries of important issues, events and people in the history of African Americans in Oregon.
Black Past
An online reference center with a wealth of materials on African American history. Maintained by the University of Washington. Includes a section on African American History in the West.

National related websites

African-American Mosaic
Library of Congress guide to the study of black history and culture includes primary documents relating to abolition, migration, and colonization of Liberia.
African-American Odyssey
Produced by NPR and PBS, this site contains profiles of prominent African Americans, historical events, racial and societal issues, and contributions to arts and culture.
The Black List
Portraits and short biographies of contemporary African American men and women whose talent and drive has resulted in significant contributions across American culture and life. This is an online exhibit hosted by the National Portrait Gallery of Timothy Greenfield-Sanders photography.
Guide to Harlem Renaissance Materials
Presents full-text Library of Congress resources and links to external website’s on the Harlem Renaissance movement. – Black History
Includes this day in history, TV shows, video clips, interactive timeline, important speeches and more.
In Motion: The African American Migration Experience
The Schomburg Research Center presents thousands of pages of texts and illustrations of thirteen defining migrations that formed and transformed African American.
Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits
A gallery of portraits from the National Portrait Gallery. The theme is African American resistance across 150 years of United States history.
Library of Congress: African American History Month
Includes speeches, images, collections, and audio/video of outstanding African Americans who have helped pave the way for ethnic multiculturalism.
Voices of Civil Rights
A Library of Congress exhibition that features personal narratives of people who experienced the events.
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