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The Black Experience

February is Black History Month. February has marked the history of African-Americans since 1926 when black historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson selected the second week of February to recognize Negro History Week. February marks the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, the passing of the 15th Amendment granting blacks the right to vote, and the founding in 1909 of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

You can find books on black cowboys, inventors, soldiers, explorers, artists and more on the library shelves.

Use the “general keyword” search function of the library online catalog (searching African American) to find the complete list of library materials relating to the black experience. The list begins with “And I Haven’t Had a Bad Day Since,” an autobiography by black New York Congressman Charles Rangel. The list includes fiction and non-fiction literature as well as media items.

To shorten the list to something more manageable, focus on a more specific area. For example, a general keyword search for African American art, or African American athletes or African American soldiers provides lists of fewer than 100 items from which to select materials that interest you.

Your local library has a bookmark, titled “A Sampling of the Black Experience” that provides sample titles. Use the list to find titles, authors and subject categories to explore so you can learn more about the black experience in America.