February is Black History Month, also known as African American History Month. Beginning in 1926 as "Negro History Week" when Carter G. Woodson, an historican, and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History) determined the second week of February to be known as such. This week coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas. It wasn't until 1976, when black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University proposed February be known as Black History Month. President Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1982. 

Black History Month is dedicated to acknowledging African American's who have struggled with adversity, prevailed over prejudice and shaped history. Please visit the Serendipity Exhibit, where you'll find books highlighting African American culture and history.

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Exhibit Titles:

TitleAuthorCall NumberCollection
The Color PurpleAlice WalkerPS 3573 .A425 C6 1992Valley
A Brief History of Seven KillingsMarlon JamesPR 9265.9 .J358 B75 2014Valley
The Slave Ship: a human historyMarcus RedikerHT 1322 .R42 2007Valley
Re-forming the Past: history, the fantastic, and the postmodern slave narrativeA. Timothy SpauldingPS 374 .S58 S66 2005Valley
Blues People; Negro music in white AmericaAmiri BarakaML 3556 .J73Valley
Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the creation of American popular cultureW. Fitzhugh BrundageP 94.5 .A372 U536 2011Valley
Appropriating Blackness: performance and the politics of authenticityE. Patrick JohnsonE 185.625 J64 2003Valley
Want to start a revolution? : radical women in the Black freedom struggleDayo F. GoreE 185.615 .W328 2009Valley
Parable of the sowerOctavia ButlerPS 3552 .U827 P37 1993Valley
Blues legacies and Black feminism: Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie HolidayAngela DavisML 3521 .D355 1998Valley
Head off & Split: poemsNikky FinneyPS 3556 .I53 H43 2011Valley
The Underground RailroadColson WhiteheadPS 3573 .H4768 U53 2016Circulating/Browsing
The New Jim Crow: mass incarceration in the age of color blindnessMichelle AlexanderHV 9950 .A437 2012Circulating/Browsing
"Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?"Beverly Daniel TatumE 185.625 .T38 2003Overflow
Skin, Inc.Thomas Sayers EllisPS 3555 .L6168 S55 2010Circulating/Browsing
I May Not Get There With You: the true Martin Luther King, Jr. Michael Eric DysonE185.97 .K5 D97 2001Circulating/Browsing
The Known WorldEdward P. JonesPS3560 .O4813 K58 2004Circulating/Browsing
Belonging: a culture of placebell hooksHQ503 .H76 2009Circulating/Browsing

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