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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.



Rosa Parks

Featured collection:

"The papers of Rosa Parks (1913-2005) span the years 1866-2006, with the bulk of the material dating from 1955 to 2000.  The collection, which contains approximately 7,500 items in the Manuscript Division, as well as 2,500 photographs in the Prints and Photographs Division, documents many aspects of Parks's private life and public activism on behalf of civil rights for African Americans." - from The Library of Congress

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


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 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.




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