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Black History Month - February 2018: History

SUNY Adirondack Library's offerings on African American history and achievements, as well as supplementary internet materials, in honor of Black History Month

African Americans in Times of War

The ASALH ( Association for the Study of African American Life and History ), has established the theme of Black History Month, 2018:

African Americans in Times of War. 

2018 marks the centennial of the end of World War I on November 11th, 1918.

African Americans have played integral roles as members of every branch of the United States Military, despite full citizenship, civil rights, and, during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, even personhood being denied them. 


In honor of Black History Month, please explore the resources on several facets of Black History in the United States, including achievements and contributions in: Military service; Politics and Activism; Education; Fine Arts; Authorship of Prose and Poetry; and Science and Medicine..

These pages are not meant to be exhaustive, but merely a shallow survey of the achievements of African Americans in a variety of fields, celebrating a portion of the American people who continue to excel and enrich what it means to be an American. 

Books Available at SUNY Adirondack Library

Juxtaposing significant events in White House history with the ongoing struggle for civil rights, the book makes plain that the White House has always been a prism through which to view the social struggles and progress of black Americans.

The Black History of the White House

Juxtaposing significant events in White House history with the ongoing struggle for civil rights, the book makes plain that the White House has always been a prism through which to view the social struggles and progress of black Americans.

Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present

Life upon These Shores

Breath of Freedom

Based on an award-winning international research project and photo exhibition, this poignant and beautifully illustrated book examines the experiences of African American GIs in Germany and the unique insights they provide into the civil rights struggle at home and abroad. -Goodreads

Children of Fire

Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present

Videos

 

Film summary: In 1938, Swedish researcher and Nobel Laureate Gunnar Myrdal plunges into America's Jim Crow South. His resulting study, An American dilemma (1944), poses a profoundly unsettling question: How can a people devoted to the American creed of equality, justice and opportunity for all continue to erect obstacles to those ends based on race? Through Myrdal's story and contemporary racial dynamics, the film explores how denial, cognitive dissonance, and implicit bias persist and shape all of our lives"--From container.

Call Number: DVD E185.61 .A64 2014

*Available for in-library viewing only.

Based on the true story of Solomon Northup. It is 1841, and Northup, an accomplished, free citizen of New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Stripped of his identity and deprived of all dignity, Northup is ultimately purchased by ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps and must find the strength within to survive. Filled with powerful performances by an astonishing cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, and newcomer Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave is both an unflinching account of slavery in American history and a celebration of the indomitable power of hope. 

Call Number: DVD E444.N87 T92 2014

**Students may only view DVDs in the library

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