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.
BHM 2022 Theme
Each year, the President of the United States designates February as Black History Month and endorses a theme. The 2022 theme is “Black Health and Wellness.” This theme highlights and acknowledges the legacy of Black scholars and medical practitioners throughout the world, including those practicing ways of knowing outside Western medicine. From doctors to midwives to herbalists, this year’s theme focuses on the unique contributions throughout the African Diaspora including activities, rituals, and initiatives to be well. Learn more about this year’s theme through the ASALH website.
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
Curated February 2022 by Miranda N. Rutan, Doctoral Student, CEHHS DEI, UT Knoxville