Black History Month

Miller Library is featuring an online database and a book display to honor Black History Month, which takes place every year during the month of February.

Black History Month  is being offered to us free by Gale Cengage Learning for the month. The database features biographies, literature, key titles, links  timelines, and activities to help celebrate Black History Month. Check it out and let us know what you think.

The book display can be viewed on the first floor of the library. Some of the newly acquired book titles on this display are:

The history & heritage of African-American churches: a way out of no way by L.H. Whelchel, Jr. (Paragon House, 2011.)

Whelchel, noted historian of African American history, skillfully narrates the history of the black church in the US. He begins with the forgotten roots of African Christianity, the horrors of the Atlantic slave trade, the institutionalization of American slavery, and the spiritual role of the church in providing hope for slaves. –Choice Review

We ain’t what we ought to be: the Black freedom struggle, from emancipation to Obama by Stephen Tuck. ( Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, c2010.)

Tuck (Oxford, UK) offers a sweeping, deeply probing account of African American history from the outbreak of the Civil War to the installation of President Barack Obama’s administration. The author focuses on the multifaceted nature of the black experience and tells of a long civil rights movement of deep roots and enduring protest.–Choice Review

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans  by Nelson, Kadir (Author, Illustrator). (Balzer + Bray, c2011.)

This book is an extensive volume focusing on American history as it intertwines with the lives of African Americans. The story is told from the viewpoint of an elderly woman who shares her life story while highlighting pivotal historical events including abolition, the Great Migration, World War II, and the Civil Rights movement. 2012 Author Award Winner for Coretta Scott King Book Award Recipient.

The Beatitudes: from slavery to civil rights by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Tim Ladwig. (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2010.)

Since the earliest days of slavery, African Americans have called on their religious faith in the struggle against oppression. The Beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount form the backdrop for Weatherford’s powerful free-verse poem that traces the journey from slavery to civil rights.

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