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February 2023 - What's Happening @ LWLC: Black History Month

LWLC / National Center Events for Black History Month

February 2023 
All Month 
  • Black History Month titles - List of accessible titles in OverDrive.
  • "Scenes from Lincoln Normal School" - This exhibit is on display on the LWLC first floor.
  • Kanopy and OverDrive Black History Month displays - These displays are on the LWLC first floor.
  • "Moments in Black History" - Series of 30-60 second radio broadcasts in conjunction with WVAS noting significant events, achievements and struggles of Blacks in American society.
  • "This Day in Black History" Calendar - A printed calendar of significant events and episodes taking place in February reflecting the achievements and struggles of Blacks in American society.

February 2, 11 a.m.-noon, LWLC Lecture Hall (first floor) -

Founders Day Book Talk - Dr. Joseph Caver (ASU Professor, History and Political Science) will discuss his book From Marion to Montgomery: the Early Years of Alabama State University.

February 8, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Information Literacy Instruction Classroom (LWLC 570) -

Black History Month Lantern Project: Digitizing Legal Records - Montgomery County Archivist Dallas Hanbury will demonstrate "The Lantern Project" database of digitized records of enslaved persons. 

February 14 at 2 p.m.-3:00 p.m., LWLC Lecture Hall (first floor) - 
Douglass Day Transcribe-a-Thon - Celebrate Frederick Douglass' chosen birthday by transcribing the historical papers of Mary Ann Shadd Cary, an anti-slavery advocate, in recognition of Frederick Douglass' birthday.  Bring your laptop. 

February 13-24, 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., LWLC 5th Floor Movie Wall -

Black History Month Film Series - Films will be available via Kanopy Film Database but will be shown on the 5th Floor Movie Wall per the listed times. 

Feature Films (additional to series) -

February 16 at 5:30 p.m., The Rebellious Life of Rosa Parks

February 23 at 5:30 p.m., Descendant (Tracing the descendant community of Africatown, an area in South Alabama settled by African slaves)

All selected films reflect this year's Black History Month theme - Black Resistance.

February 14 and 23, 11:00 a.m.-noon, LWLC Lecture Hall (first floor) -

Black History Month Book Talks: 

February 14, "Black Resistance in Classic African-American Slave Narratives" -

Dr. Robert White will discuss how resistance for the struggle for freedom is manifested in published classic slave narratives.

February 23, "The Crusade for African-American Freedom in the Classic Literary Works of W.E.B. Du Bois" -

Dr. Sandra Stanton-Taiwo (Jefferson Davis High School Instructor, English) will discuss how resistance for the struggle for freedom is manifested in the literary works of W.E.B. DuBois.

February 2023 - Moments in Black History Calendar

Why is February Black History Month?

Black History Month started as Negro History Week (second week of February) in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Over the decades, this week was endorsed as a holiday.

The first proposal for a whole month was by the Black United Students at Kent State University in 1969. The first celebration of Black History Month was in 1970. Black History Month was federally recognized in 1976 by President Gerald Ford as part of the United States Bicentennial.

Each year has a theme; 2023's theme is "Black Resistance".

African American Heritage Month (Smithsonian) - History of Black History Month and links to African American sites related to the  National Park Service, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Archives.

African American History Month (Library of Congress) - History of Black History Month and some of the annual Presidential Proclamations.

National African American (Black) History Month : February 2023 (U.S. Dept. of Census) - History of Black History Month and statistics related to demographics, voting, and economics.

National Museum of African American History and Culture - Opened in September 2016. Looks at American history from an African American perspective.

Origins of Black History Month (Association for the Study of African American Life and History)




Video: Black History Month 2017

While the date is from 2017, the information covered in the video is timeless.  

Books & E-books

These are a few of the books and e-books related to African-American history and culture accessible to LWLC patrons:

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