Black History Month 2019

Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in the U.S., is an annual observance in Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the United States. It began as a way for remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.  To celebrate BHM we would like to highlight two of the collections we have which may be of interest.

Black Women Writers

Black Women Writers celebrates the many voices of women from Africa and the African Diaspora. Offering fiction, poetry, and essays from three continents, the database gives an unparalleled view of black women's struggles through time. The database features over 104,729 pages.

Black Thought and Culture

Black Thought and Culture contains 1,303 sources with 1,210 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before. Where possible the complete published non-fiction works are included, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamplets, letters and other fugitive material. 


We also have lots of print and ebooks on black history.  Some key books are listed below - 

Alexander, M. (2010) The new Jim Crow : mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness. New York ; London: New York ; London : New Press.

Camp, S. M. H. (2004) Closer to Freedom Enslaved Women and Everyday Resistance in the Plantation South. Chapel Hill: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press.

Carson, C. (1995) In struggle : SNCC and the Black awakening of the 1960s. Cambridge, Mass. ; London: Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Harvard University Press.

Chafe, W. H. (1981) Civilities and civil rights : Greensboro, North Carolina and the black struggle for freedom. Oxford: Oxford : Oxford University Press.

Dabydeen, D., Gilmore, J. and Jones, C. (2007) The Oxford Companion to Black British History. Edited by Dabydeen, G. J. D. J. C. Oxford University Press.

Du Bois, W. E. B. (1935) Black reconstruction : an essay toward a history of the part which black folk played in the attempt to reconstruct democracy in America, 1860-1880. New York: New York : Russell & Russell.

Ellison, R. (1965) Invisible man. London: London : Penguin.

Jacobs, H. A. (2001) Incidents in the life of a slave girl. Mineola, N.Y.: Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications.

Johnson, J. W. (1933) Along this way : the autobiography of James Weldon Johnson. New York: New York : Viking press.

Joseph, P. E. (2006) Waiting 'til the midnight hour : a narrative history of Black power in America. 1st ed. edn. New York: New York : Henry Holt and Co.

Kelley, R. D. G. (2002) Freedom dreams : the black radical imagination. Boston, Mass.: Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press.

Kluger, R. (2004) Simple justice : the history of Brown vs. Board of Education and Black America's struggle for equality. rev. and expanded ed. edn. New York: New York : Alfred A. Knopf.

Ransby, B. (2003) Ella Baker and the Black freedom movement: a radical democratic vision. Chapel Hill: Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Sugrue, T. J. (2009) Sweet land of liberty : the forgotten struggle for civil rights in the north. New York : Random House.

Ward, B. (1998) Just my soul responding rhythm and blues, Black consciousness, and race relations. Berkeley, CA: Berkeley, CA : University of California Press.

White, D. G. (1985) Ar'n't I a woman?: female slaves in the plantation South. 1st ed. edn. New York: New York: Norton.