February is Black History Month (also known as African American History Month). This annual celebration highlights the people, events, and histories of the Black community in the United States and internationally.
Half a century after the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in September 1915. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the organization focused on researching and promoting the achievements of Black Americans and others from the African diaspora. The group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926 during the second week of February to coincide with Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’ birthdays. The celebration gained popularity by the late 1960s, and in 1976, President Gerald R. Ford, Jr. officially recognized Black History Month nationally.
To recognize and celebrate this month, CEHHS curated a list of resources centering Black voices and stories. These resources are available through the UT Library and online.
African Americans and the Arts
2024 BHM Theme – ASALH | Printable PDF
African American Artists and Selected Works | Multimedia
Singing the Gender-Bending Blues (Sidedoor) | Podcast Episode
Tap World | Documentary
The resources below feature some of the voices in the Black community through different media formats. Bolded resources signify those written/created by Black individuals.
An African American and Latinx History of the United States | Physical Book – Paul Ortiz
A Black Women’s History of the United States | E-Book – Daina Berry and Kali Gross
Four Hundred Souls | Physical Book – Ibram X. Kendi (Ed.) and Keisha Blain (Ed.)
How the Word Is Passed | Physical Book – Clint Smith
The Warmth of Other Suns | Physical Book – Isabel Wilkerson
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song | Poetry – Kevin Young (Ed.)
Call Us What We Carry | Poetry – Amanda Gorman
James Baldwin: Collected Essays | Essays – James Baldwin
Wandering in Strange Lands | Essays – Morgan Jerkins
The Yellow House | Memoir – Sarah Broom
African American History Online | Resource Guide
Gladstone Collection of African American Photographs | Digital Collection
NMAAHC Virtual Museum Exhibitions | Virtual Exhibit
Voices Remembering Slavery: Freed People Tell Their Stories | Digital Collection
With an Even Hand: Brown v. Board at Fifty | Virtual Exhibit
2023 Highlighted Resources
- The Emancipation Circuit | E-Book
- Freedom, Resistance, and the Journey Toward Equality | Multimedia
- Ida B. Wells (No Man’s Land) | Podcast Episode
- Why Puerto Rican Bomba Music Is Resistance | Video
Updated February 2024 by Miranda N. Rutan, Doctoral Student, CEHHS A&E, UT Knoxville | Curated February 2022 by Miranda N. Rutan, Doctoral Student, CEHHS A&E, UT Knoxville