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Black History Month


Black History Month
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The PCC Library continuously selects materials related to African American history as well as contemporary Black American culture. Explore our collection, and suggested materials from the web, to learn more about the contributions and achievements of Black Americans as we celebrate Black History Month.

About Black History Month

Established in 1926 by noted African American historian Carter G. Woodson, Black History Month 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 Black Americans. The theme for 2020 is African Americans and the Vote. For more information, see the African American History research guide.

PCC Events

In celebration of Black History Month, PCC Cascade Campus and the Hollywood Theatre are hosting the Cascade Festival of African Films from January 31 – February 29, 2020.  Visit the festival website for additional information.

Recommended videos

Recommended books

Black Like Me
by John Howard Griffin (2010)

Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America (ebook)(2010)

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

Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
An online resource that includes biographies, essays and more to cover aspects of the African-American experience from 1619 to the present day.

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

The Illustrated Souls of Black Folk (ebook)
by W.E.B. Du Bois (2016)

It Was All a Dream: A New Generation Confronts the Broken Promise to Black America
by Reniqua Allen (2019)

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

Lucent Library of Black History
A series of ebooks designed to help readers understand the connection between black history and the sweep of America’s story. Covers topics from the civil rights movement to the evolution of the blues, the Harlem Renaissance and more.

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

She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman
by Erica Armstrong Dunbar (2019)

Waking From the Dream: The Struggle For Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King Jr.
by David L. Chappell (2014)

The World’s Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of the Cyclist Major Taylor, America’s First Black Sports Here
by Michael Kranish (2019)

Recommended websites

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.

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 the external website on the Harlem Renaissance movement.

History.com – 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 Americans.

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.

New York Public Library Digital Schomburg Collection
Includes exhibitions, books, articles, photographs, prints, audio and video streams and selected external links for research on the global black experience.

Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Surgeons
Learn about the history of medical education for African Americans, the pioneering African American surgeons who formed their own medical institutions and teaching hospitals and new frontiers in academic surgery.

Oxford African American Studies Center: Women and Literature
A collection of short articles, essays and photo collections exploring the contributions of African American women to American literature. This site also links to features on other topics, such as African American Artists during the Twentieth Century, African American Women and Photography, Blacks in Film and Television and much more.

Voices of Civil Rights
A Library of Congress exhibition that features personal narratives of people who experienced the events.