Student Connections

Resources for Celebrating Black History Month

By Sara Hull, information resources coordinator, Academic Technologies

February 14, 2014

February is Black History Month, and 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which is why the Association for the Study of African American Life and History has selected Civil Rights in America as the theme for Black History Month 2014. From slavery and the Civil War to electing our first black president, our nation’s relationship with race has a rich and complicated history full of intrigues, mysteries, turmoil, and some truly inspirational (and, in a few cases, Oscar-nominated) stories.

If you have an interest in delving into some of these inspiring stories, for your research or your own enlightenment, please visit the Empire State College Online Library. When you click the Resources by Subject link, and then choose our Cultural Studies subject guide, you will find a variety of resources, including article databases, e-books, websites, videos, recordings of famous speeches, and more.

In particular, we would like to introduce you to a database called Black Thought and Culture, which contains the nonfiction writings of over a thousand prominent black thinkers on subjects ranging from Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Marvin Gaye to Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali, from Sojourner Truth, Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison to Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison and Langston Hughes, from Amistad to the Black Panther Party. We hope you will take some time to read up on the incredible stories found there as you consider how far we have come in establishing and protecting civil rights in America.

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