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It’s time to celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month, the annual celebration of the achievements of African Americans and their contributions to history. Black History Month grew out of “Negro History Week”, created by historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African American figures in 1926. This event inspired schools and communities nationwide to … Continue reading

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An Antiracism Reading List

Ibram X. Kendi, Professor & Director, Antiracist Research & Policy Center Department of History

On February 12, Ibram X. Kendi, professor and Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, published “A Reading List for Ralph Northam” in the Atlantic Monthly. Kendi wrote specifically in response to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s … Continue reading

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Making History, Writing History: Thoughts for Black History Month

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We often hear the phrases “living through history,” “witnessing history,” “history in the making.” We are literally always creating what historians call “primary sources,” which can be any kind of resource that is made, written, drawn, filmed, built. Almost anything … Continue reading

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Black History Month: African American Business Enterprises

Knights of the Razor: Black barbers in slavery and freedom.

In the introduction to her Encyclopedia of African American Business History, Juliet Walker observes that… “…full freedom from racism and complete equality for the descendants of former slaves have yet to be obtained. Yet, in their continuing search for freedom, the … Continue reading

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Black History Month: Contributions to Health and Science Disciplines

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George Washington Carver ( 1894?-1943), was a scientist, botanist, inventor, and agricultural pioneer, developing new uses for the peanut and sweet potatoes and innovative methods of crop rotation. George Washington Carver: A Life George Washington Carver in His Own Words … Continue reading

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Black History Month: African American Writers

Black History Month honors and celebrates the contributions of African Americans in the rich fabric of American life and culture.  This week, the GSU Library honors African American writers. While the roll of celebrated writers is long, the following authors … Continue reading

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Black History Month: Visualizing Black History

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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: Schomburg Center for Research in Black … Continue reading

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