Black History Month Display

Rohrbach Library has several displays this semester featuring black history. Check out this one featuring books in our library!

African American Children: Socialization and Development in Families – “African American Children is a comprehensive exploration of historical and contemporary patterns of parenting in black families. Historically, it focuses on how slavery, race, the racial caste system, and the African American culture influenced the ways in which African Americans parented their children. This series of social forces seriously circumscribed the ability of African Americans to conform to the ideologies about the nature of children and the roles of parents that began to evolve in the earth 20th century. In the context of growing diversity, Shirley A. Hill examines the work that African American parents do in raising their children and explores general child socialization patterns, as well as parenting issues and challenges. Providing an analysis of the views, philosophies, and parenting strategies of parent from a variety of social class backgrounds. African American Children combines both qualitative and quantitative data collected to examine a broad overview of current theoretical debates about African American families as they relate to child socialization.” 

Thurgood Marshall: A Twentieth Century Life – “Thurgood Marshall became the first African American appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, but it’s his life leading up to that point–from school troublemaker to passionate lawyer–that makes him both accessibly real and a role model to Americans of every color.”

Great Negroes: Past and Present – “Brief biographical sketches of African and American Negroes outstanding because of their contributions to history, to science and industry, to fine arts, to education and religion, and to the performing arts. Winslow, Eugene. Ross, David P., Jr.”

Black Families – “Looking at the history and contemporary experiences of black families, this new edition examines the issue from religious socioeconomic, legal and gender based perspectives and will be a useful reference for family, race, and ethnic studies.”

Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin

Just Mercy: Adapted for Young Adults (A True Story of the Fight for Justice) – “In this young adult adaptation of the acclaimed bestselling Just Mercy, which the New York Times calls “as compelling as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so,” Bryan Stevenson delves deep into the broken U.S. justice system, detailing from his personal experience his many challenges and efforts as a lawyer and social advocate, especially on behalf of America’s most rejected and marginalized people. In this very personal work–proceeds of which will go to charity–Bryan Stevenson recounts many and varied stories of his work as a lawyer in the U.S. criminal justice system on behalf of those in society who have experienced some type of discrimination and/or have been wrongly accused of a crime and who deserve a powerful advocate and due justice under the law. Through the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), an organization Stevenson founded as a young lawyer and for which he currently serves as Executive Director, this important work continues. EJI strives to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, working to protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.”

A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Making a Way Out of No Way: African American Women and the Second Great Migration – “The Second Great Migration, the movement of African Americans between the South and the North that began in the early 1940s and tapered off in the late 1960s, transformed America. This migration of approximately five million people helped improve the financial prospects of black Americans, who, in the next generation, moved increasingly into the middle class. Over seven years, Lisa Krissoff Boehm gathered oral histories with women migrants and their children, two groups largely overlooked in the story of this event. She also utilized existing oral histories with migrants and southerners in lea.”

Dreams from my Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance – “n this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father –a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man–has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey₇first 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 at last reconciles his divided inheritance.”

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