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February is Black History Month

American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, the week was expanded to a month. Since then, U.S. presidents have proclaimed February as National African-American History Month.From Census.gov: National African- American History Month.

Elgin Community College has some exciting programming coming up for Black History Month.

Here are a couple highlights:

Black History Month Read-In/Write-In

Readers and writers from ECC and the community are invited to read works by African-American writers, artists, and musicians. Professor Chasity Gunn, Elgin’s Poet Laureate, will lead this experience, with a chance to create works of your own.

  • WhenWednesday, February 19, 2020
  • Time12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
  • RegistrationNo registration is required for this event.

Project 1619 Sponsored by MAGIC

The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from that began in August 2019, which marked the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to re-frame the county’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. Come join the discussion.

  • WhenWednesday, February 26, 2020
  • Time12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
  • RegistrationNo registration is required for this event.

***Note: the library has a link to the free pdf of the 1619 Project by the New York Times Magazine here

The library has some wonderful resources you can explore:

The database Biography in Context has great resources on historic and current individuals.

The Social Justice Research Guide  provides links to databases, books, and information on race relations, white privilege, civil rights, and more. You can also check out one of our recent blog posts on Race and Brutality in YA Literature.

Our library displays focus on two specific areas: On the 1st floor is a film display In Honor of Black History Month. On the 2nd floor, there is a book display featuring Coretta Scott King Book Award winners.

If you would like to find something specific, the librarians can help you with choosing biographies, poetry, databases, fiction, and nonfiction works. Contact us and we are happy to help!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

February is Black History Month

February is designated as African American History Month. The ECC Library has many resources related to black history, culture, and the arts.

These are specialized databases that can help you explore the issues related to black history:

The new database Biography in Context has great resources on historic and current individuals. One example is Lorraine Hansberry, below.

The Social Justice Research Guide  provides links to databases, books, and information on race relations, white privilege, civil rights, and more. You can also check out one of our recent blog posts on Race and Brutality in YA Literature.

If you would like to find something specific, the librarians can help you with choosing biographies, poetry, databases, fiction, and nonfiction works.  Contact us and we are happy to help!

Elgin Community College also has a wonderful month of festivities available to the college community and the public; most are free. Contact the Office of Student Life at 847-214-7078 for more information on event times and venues.

Celebrate Black History Month in February

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February is designated as African American History Month. The ECC Library has many resources related to black history, culture, and the arts.

On the second floor of the Library (Building C), see our book display Race Relations–Where are we?

We also have items available for the February 6 Read In in Room C-120 in the library. Check with the First Floor Reference Desk (Building C) for titles.

These are specialized databases that can help you explore the issues related to black history:

The Social Justice Research Guide  provides links to databases, books, and information on race relations, white privilege, civil rights, and more.

If you would like to find something specific, the librarians can help you with choosing biographies, poetry, databases, fiction, and nonfiction works.  Contact us and we are happy to help!

Elgin Community College also has a wonderful month of festivities available to the college community and the public; most are free. Contact the Office of Student Life at 847-214-7078 for more information on event times and venues.

Get ready to celebrate Black History Month at ECC!

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February is designated as African American History Month. The ECC Library has many resources related to black history, culture, and the arts.

Look for works in our catalog with the subject African American; the titles below are some of our newest selections in the past year.

We have a new database titled Slavery in American and the World; it has cases, legal materials, and statutes as well as pamphlets and books written in the era.

If you would like to find something specific, the librarians can help you with choosing biographies, poetry, databases, fiction, and nonfiction works.  Contact us and we are happy to help!

Elgin Community College also has a wonderful month of festivities available to the college community and the public; all are free. Contact the Office of Student Life at 847-214-7078 for more information on event times and venues.

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–Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

 

Celebrate Black History Month!

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In 1976, our nation’s bicentennial, African American History Month was instituted. President Gerald R. Ford urged us to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Join in this celebration by attending one of the many events at Elgin Community College  or simply take an evening to rent one of many movies that express the richness of experience and culture in the African American Community.

Selection of African American Themed Movies at ECC:
African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
Against the Odds the Artists of the Harlem Renaissance
American Promise
Barack Obama
Good Hair

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The Help  (IMDB #235)

 

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Hoop Dreams
Malcom X
Precious
Secret Life of Bees
Slavery and the Making of America
12 Years a Slave  (IMDB #184)
Voices of Civil Rights

 

For more movies, do an Advanced Keyword Search for African American and limit by Videos & DVDs. Lists of Best African American movies abound on the Internet, including “100 best Black / urban movies of all time” from IMDB.

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Celebrate Black History Month

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According the Library of Congress the origins of Black History Month date back to 1915.  However, it wasn’t until 1976 that we truly began to celebrate Black History Month on a regular basis.

 

On the web: 

At the library: 

Read:

See our 2nd floor Black History Month display focusing on Art. Selected  titles include:

Search in the catalog by specific name, or African Americans by subject or keyword.

Celebrate African-American History Month

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On the web:
African-American History
History.com : Black History Month
Smithsonian Education: Black History Month

At Elgin Community College:
Elgin Community College will hold a series of events and activities throughout February during its celebration of Black History Month. This year’s theme, “African-American History: Our Stories,” will be the focus of the month-long celebration.

At the library: 
See our Black History Month book display featuring African-American Authors.  This display is found on the library’s 2nd floor.  Discover new favorites with these selected titles by Toni Morrison, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, and more.

Read about: Tuskegee Airmen, origins of jazz, Civil Rights, and prominent figures such as Booker T. Washington, Maya Angelou, W.E.B. DuBois, Ella Fitzgerald, and Langston Hughes.

Search in the catalog by name, or African Americans by subject or keyword.

Celebrate African American History Month

BHMAccording the Library of Congress the origins of African American History Month date back to 1915.  However, it wasn’t until 1976 that we truly began to celebrate African American History Month on a regular basis.

To learn more:

On the web:
African American History
History.com : Black History Month
Smithsonian Education: Black History Month

At the library: 
See our Black History Month book display on the library’s 2nd floor.  Discover new favorites with these selected titles.

Read about: Tuskegee Airmen, origins of jazz, prominent figures such as Booker T. Washington, Maya Angelou, W.E.B. DuBois, Ella Fitzgerald, and Langston Hughes.  The library has books on all these topics and more!

Search in the catalog by name, or African Americans by subject or keyword.