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Black History Month: Home

A guide to showcase just a few of the many resources available in the library and online.


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 in the library and online.


Featured collection:

"The William A. Gladstone Collection of African American Photographs provides almost 350 images showing African Americans and related military and social history. The Civil War era is the primary time period covered, with scattered examples through 1945. Most of the images are photographs, including 270 cartes de visite." - from The Library of Congress

Citation: Forshew, F, photographer. Three-quarter-length portrait of an African American woman facing front / F. Forshew, Hudson, N.Y. , None. [Between 1870 and 1880] Photograph.

Events and Studies in U.S. History

Biographies, Autobiographies, Memoirs

Cover Art Jane Crow
Cover Art Autobiography of W. E. B. du Bois
Cover Art Target Zero
Cover Art Sojourner Truth's America
Cover Art Booker T. Washington
Cover Art Fire!!
Cover Art Ali
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 A Few Red Drops
Cover of the Book Out of Wonder


Playlist for Black History Month

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"

Maya Angelo

Film clip available to R-MC community through sign-on to R-MC network.

Black History in Film

Porgy and Bess screenshot

From Porgy and Bess

Academic Video Online and Films on Demand provide 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.




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