Published: Jan. 27, 2023

Black History Month is a time to recognize, remember and honor the important people, achievements and events of Black history. Black people have contributed pivotally and widely to the United States, which is commemorated in this month-long observance. 

Often Black history has been missing from the discussion of our shared past. These silences show up in library collections, archives, research, teaching, outreach and spaces, including our own. The University Libraries are actively working to end these silences and fill these gaps because we believe that all people deserve the dignity of having their achievements and stories be an accessible part of the canon of human knowledge. 

In late 2021, as part of our commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, the Libraries funded a grant to deepen the Libraries' collection of books by Black authors, about Black lives and experiences, and for Black and underrepresented students on campus, through the curatorial guidance of Tattered Cover and the Hue-Man Experience. 

This is ongoing work that does not limit itself to a single month and we have created a resource guide to showcase the impact the Black community has on our society, now and in the past. Join the Libraries in celebration by exploring our curated list of resources, events and more.

Explore our Black History Month guide