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Black History Month

Feb 1, 2021

Each February, Black History Month honors the struggles and triumphs of millions of American citizens over the most devastating obstacles — slavery, prejudice, poverty — as well as their contributions to the nation’s cultural and political life.

Dream like Martin Luther King Jr.

I may not get there with you: the true Martin Luther King Jr
By Michael Eric Dyson.

Reflecting on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., Dyson explores King’s little-known or forgotten views: his support of the concepts of affirmative action and democratic socialism and his cynicism about white Americans.

King: the photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
By Charles Johnson & Bob Adelman

King is the first true photo biography of a hero’s journey. Never before has his life been so richly chronicled from so many different points of view. A powerful collection of photographic images combined with text by National Book Award-winning writer Charles Johnson detail the pivotal events of King’s public life–as well as his family life–in a rich & stirring format.

Challenge like Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks
By Douglas Brinkley

A portrait of the African-American woman who is immortalized for refusing to surrender her bus seat to a white passenger examines who Rosa Parks was before, during, and after her historic act and how her action contributed to the end of the Jim Crow laws.

Seven women: and the secret of their greatness
By Eric Metaxas

Each of the world-changing figures who stride across these pages—Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Sister Maria of Paris, Corrie ten Boom, Rosa Parks, and Mother Teresa—are an exemplary model of true womanhood. Learn integrity and courage from the stories of these heroines.

 Fight like Malcolm X

Malcolm X: a life of reinvention
By Manning Marable.

Malcolm traces the entire life of this heroic figure, from his birth in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1925, his youthful struggles with deprivation and drug addiction, his life-threatening prison experience and conversion to Islam, through his emergence as a Muslim leader and spokesman for a restless America, and finally to his death by assassination.

The sword and the shield: the revolutionary lives of Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr.
By Peniel E. Joseph

Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X are the two most iconic figures of the Civil Rights movement. To most Americans, Malcolm and Martin represent contrasting political ideals — self-defense vs. non-violence, anger vs. pacifism, separatism vs. integration, the sword vs. the shield.

 Lead like Harriet Tubman

She came to slay: the life and times of Harriet Tubman
By Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Harriet Tubman is best known as one of the most famous conductors on the Underground Railroad. As a leading abolitionist, her bravery and selflessness has inspired generations in the continuing struggle for civil rights.

Write like Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou: A glorious celebration
By Marcia Gillespie

An unusual and irresistible look at her life and her myriad interests and accomplishments. It is part tribute, part scrapbook, capturing Angelou at home, at work, and in the public eye.


Letter to my daughter
By Maya Angelou

Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter reveals Maya Angelou’s path to living well and living a life with meaning.