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Black History Month: Home

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February is Black History Month colorful background with African-style print

Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the achievements and history of African Americans. The library has put together this guide to showcase just a few of the many resources available both in the library and online.

 

 


Photo of Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Gwendolyn Brooks from the 1982 Yellow Jacket Annual.

Poetry.org's "About Gwendolyn Brooks"

A selected list of books @rmclib that include poems by Gwendolyn Brooks  

"To Prisoners" is a video, based on her poem of the same name, "that examines the plight of unjustly incarcerated prisoners" by Harvard University professor Elisa New.

Events and Studies in U.S. History

Book cover: A Testament of Hope

Biographies, Autobiographies, Memoirs

Cover Art Born a Crime
Cover Art Sojourner Truth's America
Cover Art Autobiography of W. E. B. du Bois
Cover Art Target Zero
Cover Art Jane Crow
Cover Art Booker T. Washington
Cover Art The Sixth Man
Cover Art Fire!!
Cover Art Ali
Cover Art 12 Million Black Voices
Cover Art The Beautiful Ones
Cover Art Thurgood Marshall

Fiction, Poetry and Folktales

Cover of the book Call Us What We Carry
Cover of the book The Hill We Climb

Arts and Entertainment

Children's Books

Cover of the Book The Undefeated
Cover of the Book A Few Red Drops
Cover of the Book March, Book 1
Brown Girl Dreaming
Cover of the Book Out of Wonder

Music

Vevo/YouTube's Playlist for Black History Month, 2022

A mix of audio and video 

Playlists from Naxos Music Library

A great selection of classical, jazz, and folk music by Black composers. Use the buttons in the player to start and control the music. 

You may be prompted to sign in with your R-MC credentials depending on your location and network connection.

Maya Angelou "Still I Rise"

In January 2022 Maya Angelou becomes the first Black woman to be featured on a U.S. quarter. Read more in this NPR article.

Black History in Film

Porgy and Bess screenshot

From Porgy and Bess


Academic Video Online provides access to hundreds of films that document Black History. Be sure to sign in with your Randolph-Macon credentials to view films in their entirety.

Links

Participate

Contribute!

Take part in helping to preserve and make African American resources more widely available by transcribing documents from the past.