Happy Black History Month!
Last year, the Library in collaboration with Dr. Pamela Ross McClain, Assistant Professor of Education, was awarded a grant from Library of America to put on two public (and now, virtual) events celebrating the 250+ year tradition of African American Poetry. We are excited to partner with Black Student Union and Block Club to honor this literary tradition and uplift the Black poets and artists who are making history every day.
Below are books of poetry, library databases, books on history & criticism, and some videos on the topic of African American Poetry. All are available electronically through the UM-Flint library. Effort was made to select diverse works by Black authors, though it is far from comprehensive. Much more is available in hardcopy from the UM-Flint library and UM-Ann Arbor libraries, and we encourage you to explore that collection as well as what's available online. If you have any questions, please ask a librarian!
The Amazing Nina Simone
Rap, Race and Equality
Wild Women Don't Have The Blues
For My People: The Life and Writing of Margaret Walker
Sheer Good Fortune: Celebrating Toni Morrison
Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity
Furious Flower channel
Langston Hughes: The Dream Keeper
Brown Brilliance: Interview with Maya Angelou including Angelou's readings of her poems "Phenomenal Women" and "Men"