Black History Month: Visualizing Black History

February 1st's Google doodle honors Frederick Douglass.

Today is the first day of Black History Month. February 1st’s Google doodle honors Frederick Douglass.

In honor of Black History Month (February), the Google Art Project is hosting African-American historical image collections from over fifty collections and institutions, including curated exhibits and individual images from these institutions, among others:

To browse the Google Art Project’s entire Black History and Culture collection, click here.

The GSU Library’s own Digital Collections also include several collections of images and materials relating to African-American history, including:

Graduates of the Grady Municipal Training School for Colored Nurses holding their diplomas in front of the Albert Steiner Ward, Atlanta, Georgia, 1930.

Graduates of the Grady Municipal Training School for Colored Nurses holding their diplomas in front of the Albert Steiner Ward, Atlanta, Georgia, 1930.

Other significant online sources for photographs and images relating to African-American history are available here:

Print books can be good sources for seeing African-American history as well. See for example:

cover, John Stauffer, Picturing Frederick Douglass

Documentaries and films are also ways to visualize African-American history. These recent documentaries are available in our collection:

And for feature films (fictional), see these, also in our collection:

  • Bessie (2015; the story of blues singer Bessie Smith)
  • 12 Years a Slave (2014)
  • 42 (2013; the story of baseball legend Jackie Robinson)

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5 Responses to Black History Month: Visualizing Black History

  1. This was the turning point for afro-americans. Malcolm X had managed it. Thanks Google 🙂

  2. nice blog
    I wanted to study at your university