Black History Month at the Libraries and Beyond

There are so many ways to get involved and educate yourself for Black History Month (BHM) this February, and beyond. Walsh Library is pleased to partner with and promote events for BHM with various departments and committees across campus, including: Africana Studies and History departments, several Black Student Organizations, and committees.

See a list of BHM events university-wide.

Attend a Library BHM Event

Algorithmic Bias and Data Ethics (Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | 2:00pm-3:00pm) Register 

Massive amounts of data, often personal data, are used and gathered in more and more technologies. With that comes the need for data ethics to become better established and understood. Data can be used in helpful and innovative ways, but it can also be used against people and communities, particularly communities of color. Come join us in an introductory discussion of this topic.

Douglass Day Conversation (Friday, February 12, 2021 | 5:30pm-6:30pm) Register 

Celebrate the legacy of Frederick Douglass with mini-lectures by Africana Studies and History faculty about Douglass, Mary Church Terrell, Ida B. Wells, and more. Members of SHU Black Student Organizations will help facilitate discussions. We will end with information about how you can contribute to Black feminist scholarship by transcribing the papers of Mary Church Terrell.

Seton Hall University Libraries Speaker’s Series (Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | 4:00pm-5:15pm) Register

      • “Pipeline Problem, Discrimination, Or Something Else? Addressing Real-World Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries and Schools”
      • Join guest speakers Elaine Norlin (Professional Development/Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator at the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries) and  J. Kenyon Kummings (the Superintendent for New Jersey’s Wildwood Public Schools)  for an engaging discussion on diversity.

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Learning about Black history shouldn’t end when February is over. Keep Black History Month going year-round by continuing to educate yourself. Here are some sources to help you:

Art & Visual Culture
The Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall has a long history of hosting exhibitions on Black culture. Take a glance through some of these materials pulled together by Gallery Director Jeanne Brasile.

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Black History Month – Books to Explore

#SHU_Libraries For Black History Month, our Access Services Librarian, Kaitlin Kehnemuyi, has compiled a list of book titles from our collection, below.

The books are on display in the information Commons, 2nd floor of Walsh Library:Black History Month Book Display

She wanted to highlight people who have changed conversations, culture, or attitudes. Hopefully by highlighting historical change we can begin to see the ways people around us are encouraging change right now.

      1. Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture by Ytasha L. Womack (ebook)
      2. Another Country by James Baldwin
      3. Beyoncé in Formation: Remixing Black Feminism by Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley
      4. The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir by Ta-Nehisi Coates
      5. Black Power 50 edited by Sylviane A. Diouf and Komozi Woodard
      6. Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler
      7. Florynce “Flo” Kennedy The Life of a Black Feminist Radical by Sherie M. Randolph
      8. I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr. by Michael Eric Dyson
      9. I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters by Bayard Rustin; introduced and edited by Michael G. Long
      10. If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
      11. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
      12. Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors by Marian Wright Edelman
      13. Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography written by Andrew Helfer,  art by Randy DuBurke.
      14. Razor: Revolutionary Art for Cultural Revolution by Amiri Baraka
      15. Seeing Race Again: Countering Colorblindness Across the Disciplines edited by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Luke Charles Harris, Daniel Martinez HoSang, and George Lipsitz
      16. The World of James Van DerZee: A Visual Record of Black Americans by James Van DerZee; compiled and with an introduction by Reginald McGhee
      17. Thick  and Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom
      18. Unbought and Unbossed by Shirley Chisholm
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