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Celebrate Black History Month: Resources from Delta Library

Welcome to Delta Library's Black History Month digital display! Please use the arrows above to scroll through a list of notable African Americans. Click on the slide to learn more. Below find information on books and digital resources to help you learn about and celebrate Black History Month.

Domonoske, Camila. “’Not Broken but Simply Unfinished’: Poet Amanda Gorman Calls for a Better America.” NPR, 20 Jan. 2021, www.npr.org/sections/inauguration-day-live-updates/2021/01/20/958743170/poet-amanda-gorman-reads-the-hill-we-climb. 

“About the Librarian.” Library of Congress, https://loc.gov/about/about-the-librarian/, Accessed 25 Jan 2022

“Garrett Morgan.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 5 Jan. 2021, www.biography.com/inventor/garrett-morgan.

Link: Photo of Stacey Abrams and geometric pattern

“Meet Our Founder.” About Stacey Abrams, Fair Fight, https://fairfight.com/about-stacey-abrams/, accessed 21 Jan. 2021. 

Image of Dorothy Boulding Ferebee labeled Civil Rights Pioneer

“Dorothy Celeste Boulding Ferebee Pioneering Civil rights and Healthcare.” AAUW, www.aauw.org/resources/faces-of-aauw/dorothy-boulding-ferebee/. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021. 

Photo of Carter G. Woodson with text on black background reading Carter G. Woodson is known to be the

How did Black History Month get started, and what does it mean to people today? Click the banner photos to get more information on these influential African Americans. DoDEA Pacific. “Black History Month.” YouTube , 4 Mar. 2019, https://youtu.be/fT8pWZuvAuA 

Photo of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg

Norat, Herbert. “Arturo A. Schomburg: His Life and Legacy.” New York Public Library, 5 Oct. 2020, www.nypl.org/blog/2020/10/05/arturo-schomburg-his-life-and-legacy 

“Sarah Boone.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 13 Jan. 2021, www.biography.com/inventor/sarah-boone.

“NIHF Inductee and Carbon Filament Inventor Lewis Latimer.” NIHF Inductee and Carbon Filament Inventor, 2021, www.invent.org/inductees/lewis-latimer.

photo of Alexander Miles

National Inventors Hall of Fame. NIHF Inductee Alexander Miles and Elevator History, www.invent.org/inductees/alexander-miles.

Link photo: Photo of Gwendolyn Brooks sitting at a manual typewriting in her office with bookshelves in the background. She is looking into the camera and smiling.

“Gwendolyn Brooks.”  The Poetry Foundation, 2021, www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/gwendolyn-brooks. 

Link: Andrea Jenkins first Black trans woman elected to office in the United States

“About Andrea Jenkins.” Minneapolis City of Lakes, 12 Nov. 2020, www.minneapolismn.gov/government/city-council/ward-8/about-andrea-jenkins/. 

“Frederick Jones.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 23 June 2020, www.biography.com/inventor/frederick-jones.

Link: Daisy Bates civil rights activist

Norwood, Arlisha. “Daisy Bates.” National Women’s History Museum, www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/daisy-bates. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021. 

Link: Lori E. Lightfoot Mayor of Chicago

“Lori Lightfoot.” Wikipedia, 20 Jan. 2021, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lori_Lightfoot.

photo: James West

Johns Hopkins University. “James E. West.” Electrical and Computer Engineering, 6 Aug. 2018, engineering.jhu.edu/ece/faculty/west-james-e/.

University of Tennessee Knoxville. Mark Dean. Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, www.eecs.utk.edu/people/mark-dean/.

Books and eBooks available at Delta Library

eBook: Black History: More Than Just a Month by Mike Henry
Thick and other essays by Cottom
Book on the Shelf: Black Bodies, White Gazes: The Continuing Significance of Race in America by George Yancy
eBook: The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison
eBook: SOS Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader by James E. Smethurst
All Because You Matter by Tami Charles
eBook: Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom
Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership by Taylor
Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker by Bundles
eBook: Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? by Mumia Abu-Jamal
eBook: Sweet Tea : Black Gay Men of the South by E. Patrick Johnson
eBook: Dream a World Anew by Kinshasha Conwill
eBook: Contemporary African American Literature : The Living Canon by Lovalerie King and Shirley Moody-Turner
eBook: She Can Bring Us Home: Dr. Dorothy Boulding Ferebee, Civil Rights Pioneer by Diane Kiesel
eBook: Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg
eBook: Black Power and the American People : The Cultural Legacy of Black Radicalism by Rafael Torrubia
eBook: Someday Is Now : Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-ins a picture book by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Book on the shelf: The bone and sinew of the land : America's forgotten black pioneers & the struggle for equality by Anna-Lisa Cox.
eBook: Nat Turner and the Rising in Southampton County by David F. Allmendinger Jr.
eBook: Building the Black Arts Movement : Hoyt Fuller and the Cultural Politics of the 1960s by Jonathan Fenderson
eBook: Loving Donovan fiction by Bernice L. McFadden
eBook: The White House fiction by JaQuavis Coleman
eBook: W.E.B. Du Bois : Revolutionary Across the Color Line by Bill Mullen
eBook: The Living Is Easy fiction by Dorothy West
eBook: The defender : how the legendary Black newspaper changed America : from the age of the Pullman porters to the age of Obama by Ethan Michaeli.
eBook: Ain’t Got No Home : America's Great Migrations and the Making of an Interracial Left by Erin Royston Battat
eBooks: With Books and Bricks : How Booker T. Washington Built a School by Suzanne Slade, Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell
eBook: The fire this time : a new generation speaks about race  essays edited by Jesmyn Ward.
eBook: Breathe : A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry
eBook: The Life and Times of Elijah Muhammad by Claude A. Clegg III
eBook: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (also available in physical format)
eBook: Freedom Faith : The Womanist Vision of Prathia Hall by Courtney Pace
eBook: Bedrock Faith : A Novel by Eric Charles May
eBook: T. R. M. Howard : Doctor, Entrepreneur, Civil Rights Pioneer by David Beito
eBook: My Hair Is a Garden picture book by Cozbi Cabrera
eBook: Crusader Without Violence : A Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by L.D. Reddick
eBook: Reframing Randolph : Labor, Black Freedom, and the Legacies of A. Philip Randolph by Andrew Kersten
Book on the Shelf: The undefeated picture book by Kwame Alexander ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson
eBook: Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors by Carolyn Finney
eBook: From Every Mountainside : Black Churches and the Broad Terrain of Civil Rights by R. Drew Smith
eBook: The Warmth of Other Suns: The epic Story of American's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (also available on the shelf)
eBook: The Magnificent Mays : A Biography of Benjamin Elijah Mays by John Roper, Sr
eBook: Lost Treasures of R&B a mystery by George Nelson
Book on the Shelf: Sing a song : how
Book on the Shelf: The Amistad rebellion - an Atlantic odyssey of slavery and freedom by Marcus Rediker
eBook: Strange Fruit, Volume I : Uncelebrated Narratives From Black History by Joel Christian Gill (also available on the shelf)
eBook: Whose Detroit? : Politics, Labor, and Race in a Modern American City by Heather Ann Thompson
Book on the Shelf: Looking for Lorraine : the radiant and radical life of Lorraine Hansberry  by Imani Perry
eBook: From Willard Straight to Wall Street : A Memoir
Book on the Shelf: The free state of Jones - Mississippi's longest civil war by Victoria E. Bynum
eBook: A Mayor for All the People : Kenneth Gibson's Newark by Robert C. Holmes
eBook: Skimmed : Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice by Andrea Freeman
Book on the Shelf: 28 days : moments in Black history that changed the world / Charles R. Smith, Jr. ; illustrated by Shane W. Evans
eBook: Becoming by Michelle Obama
eBook: Esteban : The African Slave Who Explored America by Dennis Herrick
Book on the Shelf: Redefining realness : my path to womanhood, identity, love & so much more by Janet Mock
eBook: Things That Make White People Uncomfortable by Michael Bennett
Monumental Harm: Reckoning with Jim Crow Era Confederate Monuments by Roger Hartley

Documentaries available through Delta Library

The Apollo by HBO Documentary Films
Video link: Frontline: Flint's Deadly Water by PBS
The Uncomfortable Truth: History of Racism in Amera by Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation
The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords by California Newsreel
Video link: The Talk: Race in America by PBS
Driving While Black: Race, Space, and Mobility in America by PBS
Video link: Race: The Power of an Illusion by California Newsreel
AGents of Change The Longest Student Strike in U.S. History by California Newsreel
Tell Them We are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities by PBS
Black Dandy: A Political Beauty Tracing the Roots and INfluence of Black Dandyism by Doc & Film International
The Colour of Beauty: Racism in the Fashion Industry by the National Film board of Canada
Color Adjustment: A History of African American Portrayal on Television by California Newsreel

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