Published: Jan. 31, 2024

Black History Month is an opportunity to learn more about the rich and diverse history of Black people and their contributions to the United States and the world. From arts and culture, science and technology, politics and activism, Black people have widely shaped and enriched human civilization.

However, Black history is often overlooked or marginalized in the mainstream narratives of our shared past. This is evident in the gaps and silences that exist in many library collections, archives, research, teaching, outreach and spaces, including our own. The University Libraries are dedicated to addressing these issues and ensuring that Black history is a represented and accessible part of the canon of human knowledge.

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, the Libraries partnered with the CU Art Museum (CUAM) to sponsor a “Socially-Engaged Artists-in-Residence” program. Our inaugural artists are Charlie Billingsley and Von Ross, creators of The Museum for Black Girls. Their exhibition, “We CU: A Visual Celebration of Black Womanhood, Presence, and Connectedness,” will be on view from Feb. 10 to July 13, 2024. There will be an opening reception on Feb. 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at CUAM. The artists will give remarks at 5 p.m. and refreshments will be provided.

We invite you to join us in this mission by exploring our resource guide, which highlights the impact and influence of the Black community on our society, both past and present. You will find a curated selection of books, articles, videos, podcasts and more that showcase the diversity and excellence of Black history and culture.

Explore our Black History Month guide