Falvey Library, as a part of Villanova University’s community, celebrates Black History Month through academic events like “The End of White Christian America: Faith Apart from Anti-Blackness,” which will examine untangling Christian faith from white supremacy. (Note: this event has been postponed and will be rescheduled.)
Additionally, we offer several robust resources that explore black history and culture through Falvey’s databases, including the Subject Guide on Black and African American, within the Library’s diversity and inclusion section.
To quote Juwan Rainer ’19 in the guide’s introduction: “…we cannot do this alone. I welcome you to educate yourself about the struggles we have and unfortunately still continue to endure physically, mentally, and verbally. Ignorance is bliss but only to the ignorant.”
For a Villanova-focused look at Black History, consider Black Villanova: An Oral History, which covers the African American student experience at the University, roughly 1950-1985. This features voices and firsthand accounts of campus life from the students who lived them. Of special interest is the video Back and Black: A Celebration of the African American Experience at Villanova.
Falvey’s electronic and physical collection contain many books that discuss Black History and, just as important, challenge how we think about and create narratives about that history.
Africana Studies research guide: https://library.villanova.edu/research/subject-guides/global-interdisciplinary-studies/africana-studies
African American Studies Center (Oxford University Press)
Contains a selection of information sources ranging from the authoritative Encyclopedia of African American History to the African American National Biography project. Selected primary sources, maps, images, charts, and tables round out the collection.
The Black Scholar
The leading journal of black cultural and political thought in the United Sates.
Recent issues focused on Black archival practice, Black religion in the digital age, post-soul Afro-Latinidades, and Caribbean Global Movements.
Newspapers and magazines of broad interest:
- RIPM Jazz Periodicals Collection (NEW at Falvey)
This new database features access to digitized copies of 140 jazz journals and magazines including the Metronome, the Jazz Record, In the Groove, Down Beat Music, The Jazz Review, The Rag Times, Radio Free Jazz, and the Jazzbeat among others.
- Black Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
Offers access to the major African American newspapers of the 20th century: the Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003), the Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988), the Cleveland Call & Post (1934-1991), the Chicago Defender (1910-1975), the Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005), the New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993), the Norfolk Journal & Guide (1921-2003), the Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001), and the Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002).
- Black Panther (Marxist Internet Archive)
Presents digital copies of surviving copies of the Black Panther newspaper. The Black Panther was the official organ of the Black Panther Party. Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale founded the newspaper in Oakland, California in 1967. It ceased publication on September 16, 1980.
- The Crisis (NAACP)
1910-1922 issues are freely available through the Modernist Journals Project.
Free access to digital color issues from November 1959 to December 2008 via Google Books.
Free access to digital issues from November 1945 to December 2008 via the Internet Archive.
- Freedomways (Independent Voices – Reveal Digital)
Free access to the complete digital archive (1961-1985) of one of the leading African American opinion magazines. Founded by Louis Burnham, Edward Strong, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Shirley Graham Du Bois, the magazine chronicled the American civil rights movement and Pan-Africanism.
- Muhammad Speaks (Independent Voices – Reveal Digital)
Free access to the complete digital archive (1961-1975) of the official newspaper of the Nation of Islam.
Books about Black History:
- Blockson, Charles L. Pennsylvania’s Black History. Portfolio Associates, 1975.
- Green, Amanda Jackson. Hidden Black History: From Juneteenth to Redlining. 2021.
- Henry, Mike. Black History: More than Just a Month. Rowman & Littlefield Education, A division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2013.
- Marable, Manning. Living Black History: How Reimagining the African-American Past Can Remake America’s Racial Future. Basic Civitas, 2005.
We hope you’ll dip into whichever resources most appeal to you as part of learning about Black History in addition to taking part in the virtual and in-person events held in Falvey and across the campus.
Links above were curated by Jutta Seibert, Director of Research Services & Scholarly Engagement at Falvey Library.
Shawn Proctor is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Library.
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