February 1st marked the first day of Black History Month, which, in part, “celebrates the rich cultural heritage, triumphs and adversities that are an indelible part of our country’s history”. Check out this article from NPR that explains the story behind Black History Month and why we celebrate it in February.
At Ohrstrom Library, our shelves are full of books celebrating Black Americans’ contributions to culture, history, science, and the arts, which you can find not just in February, but all year long. Are you interested in discovering more? Check out these suggestions from Ms. Ludwig to learn about Afro-Indigenous history, radical Black art, leaders in the Civil Rights Movement, the Harlem Renaissance, or Black Health and Wellness.
Maybe Fiction is more your thing? Take a look at our reading list below for a small sample of the many Young Adult novels we have in our collection that were written by Black authors. Whether you enjoy fantasy, drama, mystery, or science fiction, you’ll find something to like here, with books from fan favorites like Angie Thomas, Brandy Colbert, or Elizabeth Acevedo, to newcomers like Namina Forna.
Be sure to stop into the Library to check out our Black History Month displays and find your next great read!