Celebrate Black History Month

The Grier Library currently features a display of books related to African-American History in the United States. The selected books explore social issues, civil rights, and feature biographies historic and celebrated African-Americans. We also have a contest in honor of Black History Month. Can you match the names of the individuals to their achievements? Enter for a chance to win!
While many books are included in the display, here are few newer, interesting, and noteworthy titles:

Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA
by Sue Bradford Edwards and Duchess Harris, published by ABDO, 2017.
Call # 629.45 EDW
"Hidden Human Computers discusses how in the 1950s, black women made critical contributions to NASA by performing calculations that made it possible for the nation's astronauts to fly into space and return safely to Earth.

Now or Never!: The 54th Massachusetts Infantry's War to End Slavery
by Ray Anthony Shepard, published by Calkins Creek, 2017.
Call # 973.7 SHE
Here is the riveting dual biography of two little-known but extraordinary men in Civil War history---George E. Stephens and James Henry Gooding, Union soldiers who served in the Massachusetts 54th Infantry, the well-known black regiment, and also war correspondents who published eyewitness reports of the battlefields.

The March Against Fear

by Ann Bausum, Published by National Geographic, 2017.
Call # 323.1196 BAU
Mississippi. 1966. On a hot June afternoon an African American man named James Meredith set out to walk through his home state of Mississippi, intending to fight racism and fear with his feet. He walked to make a statement. But two days into his journey, Meredith was shot and wounded in a roadside attack. Within twenty-four hours, Martin Luther King, Jr., Stokely Carmichael, and other civil rights leaders had taken up Meredith's cause, determined to overcome this violent act and complete Meredith's walk. What started as one man's mission became the March Against Fear. (Publisher description). 

How to Build a Museum: Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture
by Tonya Bolden, published by the Smithsonian, 2016
Chronicles the building of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Discusses its planning stages, construction, features, and exhibits. Includes statistics and dozens of archival and contemporary photographs.

What color Is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld, published by Candlewick Press, 2012.
While twins Ella and Herbie help the handyman Mr. Midal work on their new home, he tells them about such inventors as Granville Woods, Dr. Henry T. Sampson, and James West, giving them a new view of their heritage as African-Americans.

Get more info about the February celebration of Black History by visiting the U.S. Government's page about African-American History Month: 

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