List of AA History Month Books
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African-American History Month Book List February 2013
The following is a selected list of books, videos, and websites that will help you learn more about African American history with an emphasis on this year's theme...... American poets threads the journey from youthful innocence to the whittled-
Since: May 10
#2 May 19, 2013
African-American History Month
2013 Theme:At the Crossroads of Freedomand Equality:
The Emancipation Proclamation and theMarch onWashington
for Jobs and Freedom
African-American History Month is celebrated each February since 1926 when Dr. Carter
G. Woodson sought to commemorate the contributions of people of African descent in the
United States through the Association for the Study of African American Life and History
(ASALH). Originally the second week in February was chosen because it spans the birthdays of
both President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas. Later expanded into two weeks, in
1976 President Gerald Ford extended the celebration from two weeks into an official month.
The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation is this years theme. Also
commemorated is the 50th Anniversary of March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
It was the Virginia Colony in 1661 that passed Americas first black codes. Yet in 1775
it was from a ship lying off Norfolks coast that royal governor Lord Dunmore offered freedom
to all slaves who would flee to loyalist forces and fight against the rebellious American.
The work to abolish the slave trade and slavery continued over a long period of time in Europe, the
Americas, and Africa. Throughout this time, enslaved people bravely took upon themselves
their own liberation through hard work, rebellion, advocacy, and escape. However, slavery is an
ancient scourge that still exists today.
The following is a selected list of books, videos, and websites that will help you learn
more about African American history with an emphasis on this years theme.
All books and
videos are available at the Norfolk Public Library and the websites may be viewed online at any
of the public computer stations located in the library or from home. Additional assistance is
available by asking at your local branch library.
The Sargeant Memorial Collection staff
members at the Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library can also provide assistance researching
local African American history and genealogy.
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#3 May 19, 2013
Eyes On the Prize: Americas Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965
This compelling oral history of the first ten years of the Civil Rights movement is a tribute to the men and women, both black and white, who took part in the fight for justice and kept their eyes on the prize of freedom. The 15th anniversary edition of the companion to the highly acclaimed PBS television series.
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#4 May 19, 2013
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
This literary masterpiece of a three part memoir tells the story
of a young man held in slavery, his self discovery, and his successful journey to
The Norfolk 17:
A Personal Narrative on Desegregation in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1958-1962
(Andrew I. Heidelberg) Chronicles the heroic efforts of 17 students who were the first to
desegregate six previously all-white public schools in Norfolk, Virginia.
A Raisin in the Sun
(Lorraine Hansberry) Hansberrys award-winning drama deals with the Younger
familys search for the American dream
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