African American History Month
Celebrating African American History Month (February) with resources and items from the Library of Congress collections.
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Web Discussion, Thursday, February 19, 2015 at noon: “Illuminating the Life and Work of Carter G. Woodson Through His Papers.” Celebrate Black History Month with the Library of Congress through the papers of its founder, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson, presented by Manuscript Division archivist Joseph Brooks. Register: http://loc.gov/rr/program/web-discussions_form.php
Blog post: "Teaching Selma: A Civil Rights Struggle Captured in Primary Sources" by Stephen Wesson, Feb 18, 2015. Photograph: 15,000 people march in Harlem. Photo by Stanley Wolfson, March 1965. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
"Above and beyond the call of duty--Dorie Miller received the Navy Cross at Pearl Harbor, May 27, 1942." Artist, David Stone Martin, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1943. Artist Posters Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Exhibit: “The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship.” http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aaohtml/exhibit/aopart8.html#0810
Blog post: ” Recognizing African-American Veterans This Month and All Other Months Too,” by Lisa Taylor, Feb. 2, 2015. Pictured: Dr. Irene Trowell-Harris, first African American woman to be promoted to general officer in the National Guard. Irene Trowell-Harris Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
Blog post: ” 2015 African American History Month,” by Margaret Wood, Feb. 2, 2015. Pictured: Books are weapons Read about… “The negro in national defense,” “Africa and the war,” [and] “Negro history and culture” at the Schomburg Collection of the New York Public Library. [between 1941 and 1943], NYC WPA War Services. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
A. PHILIP RANDOLPH, head-and-shoulders, wearing jacket and tie. Silver gelatin photograph by Gordon Parks for Office of War Information, Washington, D.C., 1942 Nov. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division A. Philip Randolph Papers collection at the Library of Congress: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/eadmss.ms005004
More than 350,000 African Americans served in segregated units during World War I. "True Sons of Freedom." Color-offset poster. Artist, Charles Gustrine, Chicago, 1918. Library of Congress Exhibit: “The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship.” http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/93503146/
[Bayard Rustin at news briefing on the Civil Rights March on Washington in the Statler Hotel, half-length portrait, seated at table]. Photo by Warren K. Leffler, August 27, 1963. U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Bayard Rustin Papers Collection at the Library of Congress: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/eadmss.ms996004
“Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938” contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former enslaved persons. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Manuscript Division and Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/snhtml/