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Black History Month in Our Library and Locally

by Kristen Keck on 2022-02-07T09:50:00-07:00 | Comments

As we begin February, we also mark the beginning of Black History Month. 

Black History Month dates back to 1915, when Charter G. Woodson attended the 50th Anniversary of Emancipation, sponsored by the state of Illinois. He, along with others, exhibited displays about black history and highlighted the progress of the black community since the end of slavery. Captivated and inspired by the celebration and the public’s interest, Woodson created the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). The goal of the Association was to encourage others to popularize and promote the achievements of the black community. In February 1926, he announced the first “Negro History Week”. Woodson picked February because the month encompasses the birthday of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, “two great Americans who played a prominent role in shaping black history.” Woodson believed, “history was made by the people, not simply or primarily by great men…Rather than focusing on two men [Lincoln and Douglass], the black community…should focus on the countless black men and women who had contributed to the advance of human civilization.

At the Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library, we have curated a display of books celebrating the life and achievements of the black community. The book display is located in the stacks nearest the front entrance and lobby. Titles include: 

These books are available to check out at any time or to read through while resting in our comfy chairs. Come visit the library and browse our New Arrivals at your convenience. 

Please do not hesitate to send Jessica Ugstad, Collection Development Librarian, suggestions for additions to our collections. 







The University of Arizona College of Humanities and Africana Studies Program are hosting several events to celebrate Black History Month, including special guest speakers and more. 



The World Literature Studies Program at the University of Arizona presents Listening to Other Voices

Events include: Public Lecture and Exhibit: The ‘14 Black Classicists 

(Thursday, February 17, 2022; 5 – 6:30p; Steward Observatory Room 204 and online)

Arizona PBS is running programs throughout February in celebration of Black History Month. Programs include historical documentaries, award presentations, in-depth interviews and more are airing in the coming weeks. Click here for video previews of the programs being offered!

The Pima County Public Library is hosting two online events, The Rise of Civil Rights in Tucson and Phoenix on February 12 and How Black Social Clubs Created Communities in Tucson on February 19.

The University of Arizona BookStores has a collection of apparel and office supplies celebrating Black History Month. For the first time, the Athletic Department has partnered with campus to secure name, image, and likeness (NIL) deals for three student-athletes that will see them contribute as models for the BHM merchandise sold at the university bookstore and online. The athletes are Dante Smith from Arizona Football and Simone Overbeck and Alayna Johnson from Arizona Volleyball.





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As always, if you have any research related questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us! We are happy to help here at the law library.

You have 24/7 access to the library via your CatCard. Librarians and Fellows are available for reference questions Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. The Circulation desk is staffed from Monday-Thursday 8am-9pm, Friday 8am-5pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm. 

Email us for all research/reference questions, research appointment scheduling, and ALL QUESTIONS: reference@law-arizona.libanswers.com

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