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Celebrate Black History Month with Resources from Trexler Library

by Katelyn Q. Manwiller Feb 2, 2021
Trexler Library

The library has gathered work by and about African Americans in our Black History Month guide. Browse recent nonfiction, popular fiction, children’s books, ebooks, streaming movies, and more! 

These works have been chosen for their display and recognition of the Black experience throughout American history. We encourage all members of the DeSales community to spend this month honoring these stories, celebrating Black joy and lived experience, and reflecting on the systematic racism that still plagues our country. Follow along as we share resources throughout the month on our social media @desales_trexler.

Black History Month, or African-American History Month, began as Negro History Week in 1926 which encouraged the teaching of African American history in public schools. In 1970, it was expanded to Black History Month at Kent State University and became a nation-wide celebration in 1976 when President Gerald Ford recognized it. Each year there is a theme honoring some aspect of Black American life. This year the theme is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity” and we’ll be sharing resources specific to the theme throughout February.