This month we have a selection of books and movies on display on the first floor of the library that celebrate Black History Month. Black History Month began as a way to remember important people and events of African diaspora, and was initially proposed by black educators and students at Kent State University in February of 1969.
When President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month during the celebration of the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976, recognition of it took hold across the country, particularly in educational institutions. It now incorporates important people and events of the American Civil Rights Movement as well, such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the Selma to Montgomery marches. So come “check out” our selection of books and videos at our Black History Month display!