Celebrate Black History Month With These Library Books & Resources

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Black History month is celebrated each February. Its roots date back to 1926, when Carter G. Woodson – an historian with the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History – initiated the first “Negro History Week.” The primary emphasis was on coordinated teaching of the history of black Americans in our nation’s public schools. The second week of February was chosen because it coincided with Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (2/12) and Frederick Douglass’ birthday (2/14).

Black History Month was first observed in 1970 at Kent State University at the proposal of black educators and Black United Students organization. President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month in 1976 during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial when he urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” (“Black History Month”, Wikipedia)

The following books, recently purchased for the Fauquier Public Library collection, do just that.

Additional Resources to Explore



  • Fold 3: Over 760,000 African American records
  • HeritageQuest: Click on U.S. Freedman’s Bank Record, 1861-1875

Reading & Listening


Movie Marathon Kit: Celebrate Black History

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