By Danielle Dockery, FSC CSTEP Student

Dive into Pages of Change! Explore our richness of Black History with our curated collection. Enlighten minds, celebrate voices, and embrace diversity! 

"My biggest discovery was that you can literally re-create your life." — Viola Davis, Finding Me. February represents Black History Month with 2024's focus on "African Americans and the Arts." Celebrate the beauty and collective talents of African American artists, including poets, writers, visual artists, and dancers who have historically served as catalysts for change through their authentic endeavors. 

Selected Titles:

The Warmth of Other Suns

The compelling story of the great migration, tracing the journeys of African Americans escaping the oppressive Jim Crow south for the promise of a better life, offering a powerful exploration of the impact of this migration on individuals and the larger social landscape.  

  • Available on line
  • Gates, Henry Louis, and Isabel Wilkerson. “A CONVERSATION WITH ISABEL WILKERSON / The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.” Du Bois Review, vol. 7, no. 2, 2010, pp. 257–69,
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Heads of The Colored People

A captivating collection of short stories that navigates the nuances of contemporary African American life with wit, humor, and sharp social commentary.

  • Available on line
  • Elliott, Lucie. “Nafissa Thompson-Spires: HEADS OF THE COLORED PEOPLE.” TLS. Times Literary Supplement, no. 6066, 2019, pp. 35-.
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Women, Race, & Class

A constellation of luminary writers reflect on the significance of nature in their lived experience and on the role of nature in the lives of Black folks in the United States. 

  • Available in Library/Circulating Stacks - Lower Level ; E185.86 .D383 1983
  • Davis, Angela Y. (Angela Yvonne). Women, Race & Class. First Vintage books edition., Vintage Books, 1983.
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My Bondage and My Freedom

My Bondage and My Freedom is Douglass's masterful recounting of his remarkable life and a fiery condemnation of a political and social system that would reduce people to property and keep an entire race in chains. 

  • Available on line and in the Library 
  • Douglass, Frederick. My Bondage and My Freedom. The Floating Press, 2009.
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Gratitude: A Tool to Survive and Thrive

A candid guide to Gratitude for success and failure as tools to grow and improve. The Office of DEI had the pleasure and privilege of welcoming Ira Knight, playwright, producer, director, author and publisher to perform "From Myth to Man: Martin Luther King, An Interpretation."

  • Ira Knight, Gratitude: A Tool to Survive and Thrive. 2005, 2014, 2017.
    • ISBN: 9781548056681
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