February is Black History Month. Celebrate by learning more about the history of our nation and the lives of the people who helped to shape it!
"Historian, educator, and publisher Carter Godwin Woodson is heralded as the 'Father of Black History' and a pioneer in multiculturalism due to his success in forging an intellectual movement to teach Americans, both white and black, about cultural diversity and the history of black people." - Jessie Carney Smith, Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture
Learn more about Woodson and the history of this holiday from Gale Virtual Reference Library - one of the many databases accessible from the Holman Library webpage.
Prefer books?From Slavery to Freedom:
a History of African Americans
You can find more books, both electronic and in print, by searching the library catalog on the Holman Library website. Here is a quick link to some similar titles on the subject.
Or maybe you like to stream videos?Outside of the library resources, History.com offers some great information. On this website, you can learn more about Black History leaders and events from the many great articles, videos, images, and speeches about African American History that the website provides. Films on Demand is also a great database that you can access to stream videos like these.
Another place where you can learn about the struggles and victories and reasons for this national holiday is at the TED (Technology, Education, & Design) website. Here is a TedTalk by a public-interest lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, dedicated to fight poverty and racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.
No matter how you like to learn, we at the Holman Library have many great resources that can help you out, and we hope that you'll take some time to month to reflect on and learn about the past and celebrate this national holiday.