Celebrating Black History Month

As MSMC celebrates Black History Month, we wanted to highlight a few books, films, podcasts, and more that we recommend to the campus community. Items available in Kaplan Library are linked (in blue) below.




by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates


Born a Crime

by Trevor Noah


Children of Blood and Bone

by Tomi Adeyemi


Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities

by Craig Steven Wilder

Farming While Black

by Leah Penniman


The Half has Never been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

by Edward E. Baptist


The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

(see link to the film version below)


Just Mercy

by Bryan Stevenson



by Octavia Butler


Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Vashti Harrison


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

by Michelle Alexander


River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom

by Walter Johnson


Stokely: A Life

by Peniel E. Joseph


Stokely Speaks: From Black Power to Pan-Africanism

by Stokely Carmichael


The Undeground Railroad

by Colson Whitehead


The Water Dancer

Ta-Nehisi Coates






A Ballerina's Tale


Black Panther

Nominated for Best Picture (2019); won Oscar for Best Costume Design, Best Original Music Score, Best Production Design


Hair Love

Oscar winner for Best Animated Short Film




The Hate U Give

(see link to the book version above)

Hidden Figures

Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay (2017), Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress


I Am Not Your Negro

Nominated for Best Documentary Feature (2016); won BAFTA for Best Documentary


Just Mercy



Oscar winner for Best Picture (2017)



Nominated for Best Picture (2015); won for Best Original Song




Code Switch



Ear Hustle


Fresh Air Interview with Bryan Stevenson

Two Dope Queens


Follow the links below for more information.

1619 Project

The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.

Copies of the New York Times Magazine and accompanying section of the newspaper are on reserve at Kaplan Library.  Ask for them at the Check-out Desk.  The online catalog record for the 1619 Project materials also contains links to online versions of the magazine and resources from the Pulitzer Center for using these materials in the classroom.