MSMC Celebrates Black History Month

As an ongoing celebration of 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.

black life in america

A special collection available as part of an on-campus database trial. 

Black Life in America Databse

The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media, 1704 to today.

Learn about this database collection:

  • This brief video provides an overview of the Black Life in America collection.
  • This How To video shows popular features in this database.
  • Search Tips – a PDF with tips and tricks for effective, efficient searches



The Black Calhouns: from Civil War to civil rights with one African American family
by Gail Lumet Buckley

Blindspot: hidden biases of good people
by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald

Caste: The origins of our discontents
by Isabel Wilkerson

The color of law: a forgotten history of how our government segregated America
by Richard Rothstein

Four hundred souls: a community history of African America, 1619-2019
by edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blai

How to be an antiracist
by Ibram X. Kendi

I’m still here: black dignity in a world made for whiteness
by Austin Channing Brown

Just Mercy: a story of justice and redemption
by Bryan Stevenson

The kidnapping club: Wall Street, slavery, and resistance on the eve of the Civil War(Ebook)
by Jonathan Daniel Wells

(1)ne drop: shifting the lens on race
by Yaba Blay

A question of freedom: the families who challenged slavery from the nation's founding to the Civil War
byWilliam G. Thomas III

So you want to talk about race
by Ijeoma Oluo

They can't kill us all : Ferguson, Baltimore, and a new era in America's racial justice movement
by Wesley Lowery

The three mothers: how the mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin shaped a nation
by Anna Malaika Tubbs

Vanguard: how Black women broke barriers, won the vote, and insisted on equality for all
by Martha S. Jones

The warmth of other suns: the epic story of America's great migration
by Isabel Wilkerson

White fragility: why it's so hard to talk to white people about racism (Print book) and (Ebook)
by Robin DiAngelo

Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?: and other conversations about race
by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Children's Books

Betty before X
by Ilyasah Shabazz

Concrete Rose (YA)
by Angie Thomas

Crown: an ode to the fresh cut
by Derrick Barnes

The day you begin
by Jacqueline Woodson

The double bass blues
by Andrea Loney

Genesis begins again
by Alicia D. Williams

Hair love
by Matthew A. Cherry

Let the children march
by Monica Clark-Robinson

The hate u give (YA)
by Angie Thomas


link to kanopy collection


The African Americans: many rivers to cross: an unprecedented journey through African Americans history

Amazing Grace


The hate U give

Just Mercy


Code Switch 

Ear Hustle

Fresh Air Interview with Bryan Stevenson

This American Life: Talking While Black

Two Dope Queens

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The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.


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