2016 marks the end of a historic period in African American history as President Barack Obama, the first African American president of the United States, concludes his second term in office. We are a few days away from the beginning of African American History Month and many students will be looking for information to write essays and reports. A good place to start is the African American History Month subject guide. This guide provides links to reference books, DVDs, websites, and databases about African American history.
The library subscribes to two databases that focus specifically on African Americans: African-American History Online and Oxford African American Studies Center. The list of reference books includes titles for both older and younger students (juvenile reference books). For information about Birmingham, be sure to browse the library's digital collection, The African American Experience in Birmingham. The collection, which is organized by subject, includes newspaper articles, books, audio recordings, and photographs. If you are interested in library programs related to African American History Month, take a look at our calendar of events, pick up a copy of the Black History Month 2016 brochure, or contact your local branch.