Display case featuring African-American History related titles

February is African-American History Month!

In celebration, the Sullivan Library has selected some popular titles to be featured in our display case.  Feel free to check out any of these books OR search our online catalog for other books related to African-American History Month!  If you need assistance searching our catalog simply ask a library staff member to help!


Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

By Barack Obama

DC Call Number – 973.04 Ob1d

The former President of the United States, US Senator and activist writes about his life as a black American whose father was a black African and his mother a white American. His story begins in New York, where he learns that his father has been killed in a car accident. The sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey—first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother’s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life, and lastly reconciles his divided inheritance.

Black City Cinema: African American Urban Experiences In Film (Culture And The Moving Image)

By Paula Massood

DC Call Number – 791.4365 M388B

This work shows how popular films reflected the massive social changes that resulted from the Great Migration of African Americans from the rural south to cities in the North, West, and Mid-West during the first three decades of the 20th century. The text probes into the relationship of place and time, showing how urban settings became an intrinsic element of African American film as Black people became more firmly rooted in urban spaces and more visible as historical and political icons. Covers the chief genres of African American and Hollywood narrative film: the black cast musicals of the 1920s, to Blaxploitation, as well as the work of director Spike Lee.

Carrying Jackie’s Torch: The Players Who Integrated Baseball—And America

By Steve Jacobson

DC Call Number – 796.357 J159C

The plights of the black baseball players who followed Jackie Robinson from 1947 to 1968 are chronicled. Players share their struggles with intense racism, both on and off the field, mixed with a sometimes begrudged appreciation for their talents. Stories include incidents of white players who gave up careers in baseball because they wouldn’t play with a black teammate and the quotas for the number of blacks on a team.

The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition

By Manisha Sinha

DC Call Number – 973.7114 Si64s

A groundbreaking history of abolition that recovers the largely forgotten role of African Americans in the long march toward emancipation from the American Revolution through the Civil War. The author overturns the image of abolitionists as bourgeois, mostly white reformers, recasting abolitionism as a radical social movement in which men and women, black and white, free and enslaved found common ground in causes ranging from feminism and utopian socialism to anti-imperialism and efforts to defend the rights of labor. It illustrates how the abolitionist vision ultimately linked the slave’s cause to the struggle to redefine American democracy and human rights across the globe.

The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Era

By Peniel E. Joseph

DC Call Number – 323.1196 B561

Often misunderstood and ill-defined, this radical movement is now beginning to receive serious scholarly attention. Includes original essays on the Black Power Movement and taken together  offer a historical overview of the era.

Groundwork: Local Black Freedom Movements in America

By Jeanne Theoharis

DC Call Number – 323.1196 G918

The traditional narrative of the civil rights movement as largely a southern phenomenon, organized primarily by male leaders, has been complicated by studies that root the movement in smaller communities across the country. These local movements had varying agendas and organizational development, geared to the particular circumstances, resources, and regions in which they operated. Featured essays show that local civil rights activity was a vibrant component of the larger civil rights movement, and contributed greatly to its national successes. Groundwork illustrates a more comprehensive vision of the black freedom movement.


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