“To my children, for whom I dream that one day soon they will no longer be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr., dedication in front of his book “Why We Can’t Wait”
View 150 books and DVDs in the library’s front hall for Black History Month starting now! Hear the voices of past and present African American leaders and rediscover their accomplishments, both in the United States and South Africa. With this display, find works on the people who intensely pursued the rights for blacks to vote and meet advocates for the underserved. Refresh your knowledge of the history and events in this important subject area. Reflect on the work of African American desegregation martyrs. Also browse for beautiful works such as Eyes on the Prize or take home inspirational speeches by outstanding orators on DVD. Check out stirring primary documents such as The Ferguson Report or the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to evaluate exactly what was written that has become so symbolic.
Key events and strong figures from the civil rights movement of the 1960’s
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Medgar Evers
- Malcolm X
- Nelson Mandela
and the leaders of today
- Angela Davis
- Barack Obama
- Henry Louis Gates
- John Lewis
Mostly non-fiction, this display brings together multiple materials about positive, dynamic leaders and their successes. The Bentley Library is well-stocked with books on history of civil rights and successful African Americans and we limited the array to bring you the best materials. Racism, African American arts, literature, and athletes are minimally represented here, as those are entire areas which could merit their own displays and space was limited. We invite you to explore those topics in our catalog.
The 2017 Black History Month display is intended as a showcase of works by and about great African American figures throughout history, and the gains we have made with their leadership. Although the origins of Black History Month began in 1926 as Negro History Week, the topic has blossomed in scope and the conversation happily continues in many directions well past the month of February every year.
“To the committed supporters of the civil rights movement, Negro and white, whose steadfastness amid confusions and setbacks gives assurance that brotherhood will be the condition of man, not the dream of man.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr., dedication in the front of his book “Where Do We Go From Here?”