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Black History Month is observed annually in February to recognize and celebrate the achievements and contributions of the Black community.

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B.D. Owens Library: Monthly Resource List

Black History Month is observed annually in February to recognize and celebrate the achievements and contributions of the Black community. Below is a selected list of books available at the B.D. Owen’s Library. (Thanks to Brandy Brady and Hallie Laning)



Through the lens: the pandemic and Black Lives Matter / Lauren Walsh.

Through the Lens: The Pandemic and Black Lives Matter unpacks the industry's most critical debates as it sheds light on the experiences and thought processes of the visual journalists themselves. Importantly, this book encourages readers to consider the efforts behind the camera lens: the challenges and risks visual journalists face to bring us the news in pictures.

Don't cry for me : a novel / Daniel Black.

On his deathbed, a dying Black man writes a letter to his estranged, gay son and shares with him the truth that lives in his heart and tries to create a place where the pair can find peace. As Jacob lies dying, he writes a letter to his only son, Isaac. They have not met or spoken in many years, and there are things that Isaac must know. Stories about his ancestral legacy in rural Arkansas that extend back to slavery.

Memphis : a novel / Tara M. Stringfellow.

"In the summer of 1995, ten-year-old Joan, her mother, and her younger sister flee her father's violence to the only place they have left: her mother's ancestral home in Memphis. Half a century ago, Joan's grandfather built this majestic house for her grandmother--only to be lynched, days after becoming the first Black detective in Memphis, by his all-white police squad. She is determined not just to survive, but to find something to dream for.

The Black Panther Party : a graphic novel history / David F. Walker ; art, colors and letters by Marcus Kwame Anderson.

A bold and fascinating graphic novel history of the Black Panther Party.

Black girl, call home / Jasmine Mans.

"A literary coming-of-age poetry collection, an ode to the places we call home, and a piercingly intimate deconstruction of daughterhood, Black Girl, Call Home is a love letter to the wandering black girl and a vital companion to any woman on a journey to find truth, belonging, and healing.

Black lives matter at school : an uprising for educational justice / edited by Denisha Jones and Jesse Hagopian ; foreword by Opal Tometi.

Black Lives Matter at School succinctly generalizes lessons from successful challenges to institutional racism that have been won through the Black Lives Matter at School movement. This book will inspire many more educators and activists to join the Black Lives Matter at School movement at a moment when this antiracist work in our schools could not be more urgent and critical to education justice.

Make change : how to fight injustice, dismantle systemic oppression, and own our future / Shaun King.

King offers an inspiring look at the moments that have shaped his life and considers the ways social movements can grow and evolve in this hyper-connected era. He shares stories from his efforts leading the Raise the Age campaign and his work fighting police brutality, while providing a roadmap for how to stay sane, safe, and motivated even in the worst of political climates.

May we forever stand : a history of the black national anthem / Imani Perry

The twin acts of singing and fighting for freedom have been inseparable in African American history. May We Forever Stand tells an essential part of that story. With lyrics penned by James Weldon Johnson and music composed by his brother Rosamond, "Lift Every Voice and Sing" was embraced almost immediately as an anthem that captured the story and the aspirations of black Americans.

Americanah : a novel / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected"

Our children can soar : a celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the pioneers of change / Michelle Cook

A poem of African American history enhanced by illustrations.