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Celebrating Black History Month 2021
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.
Events and Studies in U.S. History
Biographies, Autobiographies, Memoirs
Fiction, Poetry and Folktales
Spotify's Playlist for Black History Month, 2021
If you don't already have an account, you'll need to create one (free) and log in to play the full songs.
Black History - Academic Video Online
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.
Black History - AVON
Film biographies, interviews, histories, important events, and movements, find them all at Academic Videos Online.
Take part in helping to preserve and make African American resources more widely available by transcribing documents from the past. Broaden the depth of Wikipedia by editing and adding entries of African Americans in STEM.
National Archives and Records Adminstration
"The National Archives holds a wealth of material documenting the African American experience. Explore our records documenting African American History and help transcribe these records to make them more searchable and discoverable in the Catalog."
Smithsonian Institution Records
"The African American story is central to our nation’s history. Collections documenting the contributions of African Americans in countless fields, along with the struggles and achievements inherent to their stories, can be found in the records of every Smithsonian museum. Help us make these collections more accessible through transcription."
Library of Virginia - Virginia Untold
"The names of millions of African Americans--free and enslaved--who lived, worked, worshiped, loved, and died in Virginia, are buried deep in the archival records and manuscript collections housed at the Library of Virginia. Virginia Untold: African American Narrative seeks to find these long silent voices. Whether contained in local court and state government records, private papers and business records, or newspapers and journals from the time, the untold narrative of a people is waiting to be discovered."
African Americans in STEM - Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
"Participants will create and edit Wikipedia pages for African American STEM professionals highlighting the impacts on their communities, nation, and the world. The creation and editing of Wikipedia pages will benefit K-12 students and teachers by sharing the narratives of African American STEM professionals, both the past and present. Register on the page and join us for one or both weeks!"