February is Black History Month. This long-standing tradition evolved from the efforts of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) founded in 1915. This organization sponsored Negro History week in 1926. The fact that we celebrate Black History Month in the same month of Frederick Douglass’ and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays is not a coincidence. By the late 1960s the week of recognition had evolved into a month of recognition and starting in 1976, beginning with President Gerald Ford, it has been recognized by every President since. For a fuller history on the significance of Black History Month and its origins, check out the article, “Historical Significance of Black History Month” in Black History Bulletin, Jan-Jun 2002, Vol. 65, Issue ½, p 39-41.
To help our community celebrate the achievements of African Americans, Brookens Library has a plethora of materials to choose from. Our African American Studies research guide: http://libguides.uis.edu/aas is a rich resource where you can locate documentaries, biographies, literature, history, and much more. Explore the videos in our database, Black Studies in Video and partake of the original words of many Black Americans through the database, Black Thought & Culture, filled with primary source materials.
Check out one of many DVD’s or streaming videos provided through Brookens Library that celebrate the achievements of African American Men & Women such as:
- The Edge of Each Other’s Battles The Vision of Audre Lorde
- Mountains That Take Wing: Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama
- Beah: A Black Woman Speaks
- Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders
- Brother outsider the life of Bayard Rustin
- Tongues untied