Resources for Black History Month
Black History Month (or African-American History Month) was first proposed by black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University in February, 1969. The first celebration of Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later from January 2-Feb. 28. Six years later, President Gerald Ford (Grand Rapids native!) formally recognized Black History Month during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial. He urged Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history." (Information taken from Wikipedia article on Black History Month).
To commemorate this special month, we'd like to draw your attention to some reference books in our collection. Here's a short list. You can find them scattered throughout the collection in the History, Literature, Sociology and Political Science/U.S. Government sections. The main reference collection is on the library's 2nd (main) floor.
- Encyclopedia of Race and Racism (E184 .A1 E584 2008)
- Cambridge History of African-American Literature (PS153 .N5 G685 2011)
- African-Americans in Congress: a documentary history (JK1021 .A47 2008)
- America's Diverse Population: a comparison of race, ethnicity, and social class in graphic detail (HA214 .D85 2017).