Connecting with Black History

Connecting with Black History

Black History Month is a focused opportunity to be intentional about connecting with the African American experience and learning about the contributions of Black Americans throughout the centuries. 

The IU East Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is hosting a Trivia and Treats Contest celebrating Black History Month on February 28, starting at noon, in the Multicultural Center (Hayes Hall, room 127).  The contest is open to all – students, faculty, staff, and community members.  Refreshments will be provided.

Learning is its own reward, but for anyone interested in discovering a lot of fun and engaging facts about African American history that might even help win the contest, the library has plenty of resources to support you.  Books like Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes From Past and Present by Jamia Wilson, History of African Americans: Exploring Diverse Roots by Thomas J. Davis, 100 Amazing Facts about the Negro with Complete Proof: A Short Cut to the World History of the Negro by J. A. Rogers, Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-first Century by Monique Morris, 50 Events That Shaped African American History: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic by Jamie J. Wilson, or even A Kid’s Guide to African American History by Nancy I. Sanders provide multiple aspects of African American history, including people, places, trends and events.

Several library databases can also be of aid.  Black Thought and Culture is focused on primary sources – African Americans in their own unfiltered voices – which includes over 100,000 pages of interviews, essays, pamphlets, letters, and speeches, and journal articles from 1700 to the present. Or African American History Online, which offers a large range of multimedia including videos and pictures, biographies and reference sources, as well as copious primary source material like speeches and letters. It is searchable by keyword, topic, or time period.

This Black History Month is a great time to learn at the library and participate in the trivia contest – no reservations are needed!

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