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Library Resources for Black History Month

The library celebrates and honors Black History Month by highlighting the following selected online and print resources. Stop by and visit our display of books and videos in the Reference Room of the library during February. 

Tommie Smith

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Historical photographs like this, contemporary photographs, biographies, and short articles are available to you via Oxford African American Studies Center.

Olympians Tommie Smith (center) and John Carlos protest racism and segregation in the United States by staring down and raising their fists to salute black power during the playing of the “Star Spangled Banner” after Smith received the gold medal and Carlos the bronze medal for the 200-meter sprint at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City, 16 October 1968. (Oxford African American Studies Center).

See other library databases, such as Ethnic NewsWatch, for research resources in African American Studies. 



Andrews, William L.Classic African American Women's Narratives. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. Also in print.

Austin, Curtis J. Up Against the Wall: Violence in the Making and Unmaking of the Black Panther Party. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2006. Also in print

Bassard, Katherine Clay. Spiritual Interrogations: Culture, Gender, and Community in Early African American Women’s Writing. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 1999. Also in print

Banner-Haley, Charles Pete T. From Du Bois to Obama:  African American Intellectuals in the Public Forum. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2010.

Behnken, Brian D. The Struggle in Black and Brown:  African American and Mexican American relations During the Civil Rights Era. Lincoln Neb.: University of Nebraska Press, 2011. 

Ezra, Michael. Civil Rights Movement:  People and Perspectives. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Abc-Clio, 2009.

Garfield, Gail. Through our Eyes:  African American Men's Experiences of Race, Gender, and Violence. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2010.

Harris, Robert L., Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, eds. The Columbia Guide to African American History Since 1939. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006. 

Hill Collins, Patricia. From Black Power to Hip Hop:  Racism, Nationalism, and Feminism. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2006. Also in print.

Mitchell, Verner D. Literary Sisters: Dorothy West and Her Circle: a Biography of the Harlem Renaissance. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 2012. Also in print.

Moore, Shirley Ann Wilson. To Place our Deeds:  African American Community in Richmond, California, 1910-1963. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. Also in print.

Murch, Donna Jean. Living for the City:  Migration, Education, and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California. Chapel Hill N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 2010.

Prahlad, Anand. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2006. Vol. 1, Vol. 2, and Vol. 3.

Sears, Stephanie. Imagining Black Womanhood: the Negotiation of Power and Identity within the Girls Empowerment Project. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2010. Also in print

Trotter, Joe William, et al. African American Urban Experience:  Perspectives from the Colonial Period to the Present. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

Zamani-Gallaher, Eboni M., Vernon C. Polite. The State of the African American Male. East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan State University Press, 2010. 

Print Books

1951 Dons

Abu-Jamal, Mumia. We Want Freedom: a Life in the Black Panther Party. Cambridge, Massachusetts: South End Press, 2004. 

Bates, Gerri. Alice Walker: a Critical Companion. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 2005. 

Battle, Thomas C., and Donna M. Wells, eds. Legacy: Treasures of Black History. Washington, D.C: National Geographic, 2006. 

Boston College. In Celebration of Black History. Chestnut Hill, Mass: Boston College, 2001. 

Caponi-Tabery, Gena. Jump for Joy: Jazz, Basketball, and Black Culture in 1930s America. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2008. 

Carroll, Rebecca. I Know What the Red Clay Looks Like: The Voice and Vision of Black American Women Writers. 1st ed. New York: Crown Trade Paperbacks, 1994. 

Davis, Angela Y. Angela Davis: An Autobiography. 1st ed. New York: Random House, 1974. 

Dodson, Howard, and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Jubilee: The Emergence of African-American Culture. Washington, D.C: National Geographic Books, 2002.         

Du Bois, W. E. B. The Sociological Souls of Black Folk: Essays. Lanham, Md: Lexington Books, 2011. 

Durham, Michael S. Powerful Days: The Civil Rights Photography of Charles Moore. New York : [Rochester, N.Y.] : New York, N.Y: Stewart, Tabori & Chang ; Professional Photography Division, Eastman Kodak ; Distributed in the U.S. by Workman Pub, 1991.

Foner, Philip Sheldon, and Clayborne Carson, eds. The Black Panthers Speak. 2nd Da Capo Press ed. New York: Da Capo Press, 2002. 

Gilbert, Olive. Narrative of Sojourner Truth. New York: Vintage Books, 1993. 

Glave, Dianne D. Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage. 1st ed. Chicago, Ill: Lawrence Hill Books, 2010. 

Graham, Maryemma. The Cambridge History of African American Literature. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 

Grant, Joanne. Ella Baker: Freedom Bound. New York: Wiley, 1998. 

Gruesser, John Cullen. The Empire Abroad and the Empire at Home: African American Literature and the Era of Overseas Expansion. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2012. 

Guy-Sheftall, Beverly, ed. Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought. New York: New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 1995. 

Hayes, Eileen M., and Linda F. Williams, eds. Black Women and Music: More Than the Blues. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007. 

Hine, Darlene Clark. Hine Sight: Black Women and the Re-construction of American History. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997. 

Horne, Gerald. Black and Brown: African Americans and the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920. New York: New York University Press, 2005. 

Johnson, Yvonne. The Voices of African American Women: The Use of Narrative and Authorial Voice in the Works of Harriet Jacobs, Zora Neale Hurston, and Alice Walker. New York: P. Lang, 1998.

King, Wilma. African American Childhoods: Historical Perspectives from Slavery to Civil Rights. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Lipsitz, George. A Life in the Struggle: Ivory Perry and the Culture of Opposition. Rev. ed. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1995. 

Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Conference on Civil Rights and Race Relations. The Making of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement. Ed. Brian Ward and Anthony J. Badger. Washington Square, N.Y: New York University Press, 1996. 

McAdam, Doug. Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency,1930-1970. 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999. 

Morrison, Minion K. C., ed. African Americans and Political Participation: a Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO, 2003.

Newman, Mark. The Civil Rights Movement. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004.

Nunes, Ana. African American Women Writers’ Historical Fiction. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 

Phelps, Carmen L. Visionary Women Writers of Chicago’s Black Arts Movement. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2013.

Ransby, Barbara. Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: a Radical Democratic Vision. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003.

Ravage, John W. Black Pioneers: Images of the Black Experience on the North American Frontier. 2nd ed. Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press, 2008. 

Rieder, Jonathan. The Word of the Lord Is Upon Me: The Righteous Performance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2008. 

Robinson, Cedric J. Black Movements in America. New York: Routledge, 1997. 

Rustin, Bayard. I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 2012. 

Taylor, James. Black Nationalism in the United States:  From Malcolm X to Barack Obama. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011. 

Soto, Michael, ed. Teaching the Harlem Renaissance: Course Design and Classroom Strategies. New York: P. Lang, 2008. 

Sundstrom, Ronald Robles. The Browning of America and the Evasion of Social Justice. New York:  SUNY Press, 2008. 

Williams, Evelyn. Inadmissible Evidence: The Story of the African-American Trial Lawyer Who Defended the Black Liberation Army. 1st ed. Chicago, Ill: Lawrence Hill Books, 1993. 

Woodard, Komozi. A Nation Within a Nation: Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) and Black Power Politics. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999.

Wright, Kai, ed. The African American Experience: Black History and Culture through Speeches, Letters, Editorials, Poems, Songs, and Stories. Updated ed. New York: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers : Distributed by Workman Pub, 2009.


Streaming Video 

Oscar Grant

Goin’ to Chicago

The Road to Brown

Buffalo Soldiers: An American Legacy

Homecoming: Sometimes I am Haunted by Memories of Red Dirt and Clay

Prelinger Archives: Integration Report I (1960)

Prince Among Slaves

Save Our History: Voices of Civil Rights

Solomon Northup's Odyssey: Twelve Years a Slave

Police line up near a mural of Oscar Grant in Oakland, after a guilty verdict for Johannes Mehserle, July 8, 2010. Former BART officer Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for shooting an unarmed Grant, on New Year's Day 2009 at a BART station in Oakland. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

We Shall Not Be Moved: African-American Churches in the Civil Rights Era 

At the River I Stand

Black Panther/San Francisco State

Buffalo Soldiers

By River, By Rail: History of the Black Migration

Dreams of Obama

Duke Ellington's Washington: Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of a Neighborhood

February One

Found Voices: Slave Narratives

Hughes' Dream Harlem

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

In Remembrance of Martin

Leaving Cleaver: Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Remembers Eldridge Cleaver&

Marcus Garvey: Toward Black Nationhood

Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass

Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle

Richard Wright--Black Boy

The Songs are Free: Bernice Johnson Reagon and African-American Music

Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson's American Journey

We Shall Not Be Moved: African-American Churches in the Civil Rights Era


A. Philip Randolph: For Jobs & Freedom

The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords

Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights, Years 1954-1965

Homecoming: Sometimes I am Haunted by Memories of Red Dirt and Clay

Passin' it On: The Black Panthers' Search for Justice

Prince Among Slaves

Slavery By Another Name

A Time for Justice: America's Civil Rights Movement

Up South: African-American Migration in the Era of the Great War

4 Little Girls

Blacks & Jews 

Faubourg Tremé

February One 

Freedom Flyers of Tuskegee 

Hughes' Dream Harlem 

Ida B. Wells: a Passion for Justice 

Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle 

Paul Robeson: Portrait of an Artist 

Richard Wright--Black Boy

Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson's American Journey