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Black History Month 2022

Black History Month 2022 Theme & Campus Events

"The theme for 2022 focuses on the importance of Black Health and Wellness. This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well." -- Association for the Study of African American Life and History 


Black History Month Keynote: Brandon P. Fleming

Spotlights Ballroom History Celebration

No More Back Seats- Shifting Black History to the Center of America's School Curriculum - Lecture by Alysha Butler

About Black History Month

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.

As a Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, like W. E. B. Du Bois before him, believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. His hopes to raise awareness of African American's contributions to civilization was realized when he and the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The response was overwhelming: Black history clubs sprang up; teachers demanded materials to instruct their pupils; and progressive whites, not simply white scholars and philanthropists, stepped forward to endorse the effort.

By the time of Woodson's death in 1950, Negro History Week had become a central part of African American life and substantial progress had been made in bringing more Americans to appreciate the celebration. At mid–century, mayors of cities nationwide issued proclamations noting Negro History Week. The Black Awakening of the 1960s dramatically expanded the consciousness of African Americans about the importance of black history, and the Civil Rights movement focused Americans of all colors on the subject of the contributions of African Americans to our history and culture.

The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation's bicentennial. President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” That year, fifty years after the first celebration, the association held the first African American History Month. By this time, the entire nation had come to recognize the importance of Black history in the drama of the American story. Since then each American president has issued African American History Month proclamations. And the association—now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)—continues to promote the study of Black history all year.

(Excerpt from an essay by Daryl Michael Scott, Howard University, for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History)

Gallery of Books At Roanoke College on Black History


A New Look at Black Families

E185.86 .W55 2010  


In and Out of Our Right Minds: The Mental Health of African American Women

Edited by Diane Robinson-Brown and Verna Keith

Hollins -- RC451.5.N4 I5 2003 


Black Women's Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability

Edited by Stephanie Y. Evans, Kanika Bell, and Nsenga K. Burton

Hollins -- RC451.4.W6 B53 2017 


Battling over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis

by Julia Chinyere Oparah, Helen Arega, Dantia Hudson, Linda Jones, andTalita Oseguera,

RG961.C2 O63 2018  


Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy, and Childbirth

Edited by Julia Chinyere Oparah and Alicia D. Bonaparte 

RG960 .B57 2016  


Birthing a Slave: Motherhood and Medicine in the Antebellum South

by Marie Jenkins Schwartz

Hollins -- RG518.U5 S34 2006 


Caring for Equality: A History of African American Health and Healthcare

by David McBride

Hollins -- RA448.5.N4 M33 2018 


An American Health Dilemma: A Medical History of African Americans and the Problem of Race

by W. Michael Byrd and Linda A Clayton

RA448.5.N4 B97 2000  


Adverse Events: Race, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals

by Jill A. Fisher

Hollins -- RM301.27 .F56 2020 


Black and Blue: The Origins and Consequences of Medical Racism

by John M Hoberman

Hollins -- RA563.M56 H63 2012


Health Promotion in Multicultural Populations: A Handbook for Practitioners and Students

by Michael V Kline and Robert M Huff

RA427.8 .H497515 2007 


Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care

by Dayna Bowen Matthew

Hollins -- RA448.4 .M38 2015  

Gallery of E-Books on the Black History available to RC community


Contemporary African American Families: Achievements, Challenges, and Empowerment Strategies in the Twenty-First Century

Dorothy Smith-Ruiz (Editor); Sherri Lawson Clark (Editor); Marcia Watson (Editor)


Black Families at the Crossroads: Challenges and Prospects

by Leanor Boulin Johnson and Robert Staples


Black Women's Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability

Edited by Stephanie Y. Evans, Kanika Bell, and Nsenga K. Burton


Building Health Coalitions in the Black Community

by Ronald L. Braithwaite, Sandra E. Taylor, and John N. Austin


Black Women's Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability

Edited by Stephanie Y. Evans, Kanika Bell, Nsenga K. Burton