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Black Life and Culture Digital Display

A Celebration of Black History Month


Welcome! Middlebury Libraries are celebrating Black History Month 2021 by highlighting books, music, film, and related podcasts that help us celebrate and reflect on Black history.

In Special Collections, look for Black History Month takeovers on their website and social media (Instagram and Facebook). Archivists will give prominence to Black poets, playwrights, and authors, as well as Middlebury alum, all month long.

Be sure to follow the Library News Blog for more recommendations throughout the month!

Black History Month Display 2021

Click on a book cover to browse descriptions from Good Reads. To check our library availability, look up the title in MIDCAT, the Middlebury Libraries catalog.

Black History Month 2021 Book Montage

The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction, 1948-1985
Toni Morrison: Beloved
The Truths We Hold: An American Journey
Conversations in Black: On Power, Politics, and Leadership
Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change
No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington
A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History
How Long 'til Black Future Month?
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
The Fire Next Time
La audacia de la esperanza: Reflexiones sobre como restaurar el sueño americano
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
America Behind The Color Line: Dialogues with African Americans
Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President
Michelle Obama: In Her Own Words
Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation
Black Identity and Black Protest in the Antebellum North
Twelve Years a Slave

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Previous Year's Displays

Click on a book cover to browse descriptions from Good Reads. To check our library availability, look up the title in MIDCAT, the Middlebury Libraries catalog. Alternatively, for call numbers for the items in this display, see this crowd-sourced spreadsheet, February: Black/African American History Month.

Hear from Middlebury College affiliates on race and ethnicity by visiting the 2018 In Your Own Words oral history project. For staff recommended podcasts, just click the second tab on this page.

A special thank you to former Middlebury librarian Katrina Spencer, who created this display, and all the other hands that shaped these efforts!

2018 BHM Book Display

Desert Flower
What We Lose
Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man
Brother, I'm Dying
Longthroat Memoirs: Soups, Sex and Nigerian Taste Buds
Being Bernadette: From Polite Silence to Finding the Black Girl Magic Within
Collected Essays: Notes of a Native Son / Nobody Knows My Name / The Fire Next Time / No Name in the Street / The Devil Finds Work / Other
The Color Purple
Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer
The Hate U Give
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
How to Be Black
We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity
Things Fall Apart
Blackness and Disability: Critical Examinations and Cultural Interventions
The Underground Railroad
The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism

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