February Booklist

February
Black history Month

President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Read more about Black History Month HERE


Origins of Black History Month

The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States.

That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent.

Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures.

 


A Library of  Black History

We’d like to share a resource by writer Charles Preston, an extensive, and free Black History Library.
Click HERE for Mr. Preston’s full Google Drive of Black History.

 


Our Full Reading List

F+F_BHM Reading ListDownload our full Black History Month Reading List HERE

 

 

 

 

Educate

Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Charles Waters

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford

This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrardt

Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard

Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Celebrate

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry (Author), Vashti Harrison – Now an award winning animated short film

Five Brilliant Scientists by Lynda Jones

Portraits of African-American Heroes by Tonya Bolden

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

Little Ledgends by Vashti Harrison

Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney