February 1-28, 2021 is Black History Month. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by Black individuals and a time for recognizing the central role of the Black community in U.S. history.
Each year the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) selects a theme for Black History Month and the 2021 theme is 2021 - The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. To learn more about ASALH, visit their website at https://asalh.org/.
If you are interested in finding books about Black History, here are a few lists that have been created by the Kindred team at the Library:
- Black History Month Picks from Kanopy Streaming Video
- 60 DVD’s on Black History & Culture
- The Power of the Black Vote
- Black Fathers Matter
- Black Female Leaders, Then and Now
- The History of the Black Community in Tucson
- Celebrating Black Excellence!
You can find more lists here.
Learn more about Black History Month
- The Origins of Black History Month on the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) website
- NAACP Archives at the Library of Congress
- U.S. Census Bureau
- National Museum of African-American History & Culture
The Kindred team will be hosting a monthly virtual book club beginning with the book Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture by Emma Dabiri on February 27.
Arizona Humanities, through their FRANK Talks programs, are hosting several events during the month of February as well. Events range in topic from “Coded Messages and Songs of the Underground Railroad with Dr. Tamika Sanders” to “Our Right To Assemble: The History of Protest and Civil Disobedience in the U.S. with Dr. Matthew Whitaker.” To learn more about these events and register, visit https://azhumanities.org/.
-Tenecia, Kindred Team