Black History Month

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The 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. For more information, see the African American History research guide.

Recommended videos

Black American Experience: African Americans Who Left Their Stamp on History
A collection of videos highlighting 15 Black Americans who were human rights advocates.

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.

In Search of the Dream: A Story of the African American Experience
This video covers the story of African Americans from the arrival of the first slaves in 1619 through the civil rights movement.

African American Studies
A collection of 287 videos on topics including the era of slavery, the civil war, and the end of slavery and the achievements of reconstruction in the fight for African American rights.

Recommended books

Black Like Me
by John Howard Griffin (2010)

Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America (e-book)

Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America
by Eugene Robinson (2010)

From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans
by John Hope Franklin (2000)

Let Nobody Turn us Around: Voices of Resistance, Reform and Renewal: An African American Anthology
by Manning Marable and Leith Mullings (2009)

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
by Robert G. O’Meally (2003)

The Souls of Black Folk (e-book)
by W.E.B. Du Bois

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 (e-book)
by Ian Haney-Lopez (1996)

Recommended 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.

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.

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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