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Black History Month

In this guide, you will find information about Black History Month and resources supporting each year's theme. Updated for 2024!


Welcome to the Black History Month LibGuide! 

In this guide, you will find information and resources about Black History Month, and resources supporting each year's theme.  The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) selects a theme for Black History Month each year.  According to ASALH, "For those interested in the study of identity and ideology, an exploration of ASALH’s Black History themes is itself instructive. Over the years, the themes reflect changes in how people of African descent in the United States have viewed themselves, the influence of social movements on racial ideologies, and the aspirations of the Black community." 

If you don't find what you're looking for or have any questions, contact the library!

About Black History Month

This video from Stanford historian Michael Hines discusses the beginnings and the evolution of Black History Month. 

Important Note

On this guide we have included some resources that we recommend, but are not available at MCPHS.  We have set up the link for these items to redirect to WorldCat so you can find it at your local library!  


Their Eyes Were Watching God
Between the World and Me
Parable of the Sower
A Black Women's History of the United States
Invisible Man
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The Warmth of Other Suns
All Boys Aren't Blue
The Love Songs of W. E. B. du Bois
How We Fight for Our Lives
Sister Outsider
The Color Purple
High on the Hog
Four Hundred Souls
The New Jim Crow
The Matter of Black Lives
The Bluest Eye
The 1619 Project
The Fire This Time
The Nickel Boys (Winner 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
Illustrated Black History

Online Resources

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