Black History Month


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THE CIVIL RIGHTS COLLECTION

Dig Memphis Collection

The Civil Rights Collection pulls material from several sources, including the George W. Lee Collection, the Arthur L. Webb Collection, and the A.W. Willis, Jr. Collection. Bringing together newspapers, photographs, correspondence, and speeches, the collection illustrates the Civil Rights Movement in Memphis.

THE HALLELUJAH! COLLECTION

Dig Memphis Collection

Released in 1929 by MGM, King Vidor’s early talkie film, Hallelujah!, was the first movie musical to feature an all-black cast. The Library of Congress has called it one of “the very first indisputable masterpieces of the sound era”. The film, shot on location in Memphis and across the Mid-South, dramatizes the lives of African-American sharecroppers in the early 20th Century. The Hallelujah! Collection contains production photographs, movie stills, publicity materials, and video discussions of the film’s importance. You can also see our catalog and check the availability of the DVD.

THE BENJAMIN L. HOOKS COLLECTION

Dig Memphis Collection

Civil rights pioneer Benjamin Lawson Hooks was born in Memphis on January 31, 1925. He became first African American Criminal Court Judge in Shelby County, the first African American to serve on the Federal Communications Commission, and in 1977, he was elected executive director of the NAACP. Hooks led that venerable civil rights organization until his retirement in 1993. The Benjamin L. Hooks Collection includes personal material as well official NAACP documents, Freemasons programs, ministry information, photographs, and other miscellaneous materials.

THE M FILES

Dig Memphis Collection

The M Files Collection is the place to find all things Memphis! The collection contains newspaper clippings, photographs, audio/video files, and a collection of African American Portraits, highlighting some of the city’s greatest leaders, thinkers, and doers.

libby books on african american nonfiction

Check out these titles instantly, available on the Libby app. For more information on Libby, visit our eCollection page.

commercial appeal archives

Search the Commercial Appeal archives for primary sources of local history.


UPcOMING Events

book selections

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more online RESOURCES

U.S. HISTORY (GALE ONEFILE)

U.S. History (Gale OneFile) contains scholarly journals and magazines that can be used by novice historians as well as advanced academic researchers. Updated daily, U.S. History offers balanced coverage of events in U.S. history and scholarly work being established in the field.

Contemporary black biography

Provides biographical profiles of the important and influential persons of African American and/or black heritage. Covers persons of various nationalities in a wide variety of fields, including architecture, art, business, dance, education, fashion, film, industry, journalism, law, literature, medicine, music, politics and government, publishing, religion, science and technology, social issues, sports, television, theater, and others. We have volumes 1 – 104.

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Encyclopedia of African American History

Documents African American culture and political activism from the slavery era through the 20th century.

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black HISTORY MONTH WEBSITE

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE AND HISTORY

Website for the founders of Black History Month. Find information on past award winners, publications, and events including this year’s virtual festival.

medline plus, Black and African American Health

The 2022 Black History Month theme is Black Health and Wellness. The National Library of Medicine’s consumer health website, MedlinePlus, can be used to explore African American consumer health information.