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Celebrating 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, as well as, historic fiction accounts of the Black experience. 

While many books are included in the display, here are just a few interesting and noteworthy titles to explore: 
Libertie: a Novel 
By Kaitlyn Greenidge, published by Alogonquin Books, 2021. 
Call # FIC GRE 
 "Coming of age as a free-born Black girl in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson is all too aware that her mother, a physician, has a vision for their future together: Libertie will go to medical school and practice alongside her. But Libertie feels stifled by her mother's choices and is constantly reminded that, unlike her mother, Libertie has skin that is too dark. When a young man from Haiti proposes to Libertie and promises she will be his equal on the island, she accepts, only to discover that she is still subordinate to him and all men. As she tries to parse what freedom actually means for a Black woman, Libertie struggles with where she might find it--for herself and for generations to come" 
 
Angel of Greenwood 
By Randi Pink, published by Feiwel and Friends, 2021.  
Call # FIC PIN 
 "Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Wilson is, on the surface, a town troublemaker, but is hiding that he is an avid reader and secret poet, never leaving home without his journal. A passionate follower of W.E.B. Du Bois, he believes that black people should rise up to claim their place as equals. Sixteen-year-old Angel Hill is a loner, mostly disregarded by her peers as a goody-goody. Her father is dying, and her family's financial situation is in turmoil. Also, as a loyal follower of Booker T. Washington, she believes, through education and tolerance, that black people should rise slowly and without forced conflict. Though they've attended the same schools, Isaiah never noticed Angel as anything but a dorky, Bible-toting church girl. Then their English teacher offers them a job on her mobile library, a three-wheel, two-seater bike. Angel can't turn down the money and Isaiah is soon eager to be in such close quarters with Angel every afternoon. But life changes on May 31, 1921 when a vicious white mob storms the community of Greenwood, leaving the town destroyed and thousands of residents displaced. Only then, Isaiah, Angel, and their peers realize who their real enemies are" 
  
So Many Beginnings: a Little Women Remix 
By Bethany C. Morrow, published by Feiwel and Friends, 2021.  
Call # FIC MOR 
 At the Freedman's Colony of Roanoke Island, a haven for the recently emancipated, the four March sisters--Meg, Joanna, Bethlehem, and Amethyst--come into their own as independent young Black women together facing love, sickness, heartbreak, and new horizons. 
 
Inventing Victoria 
By Tonya Bolden, published by Bloomsbury, 2019. 
Call # FIC BOL 
 Essie, a young black woman in 1880s Savannah, is offered the opportunity to leave her shameful past and be transformed into an educated, high-society woman in Washington, D.C. 
 
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.
Call # 973 BOL 
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. 
Call # FIC ABD
 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:  http://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/  
 
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