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February is African-American History Month

Posted by Library Blog on 02/11/2016 at 03:23 PM

Whether you prefer to call it African American History Month or Black History Month, the tradition traces its roots back to 1915 in Chicago and a man named Carter G. Woodson. In 1976, President Ford issued the first Message on the Observance of Black History Month. In 1986, Congress passed Public Law 99-244. For more information about the legal history of this commemorative month, see the Law Library of Congress website.

Thurgood Marshall, 1967. This media is available in the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration, cataloged under the ARC Identifier (National Archives Identifier) 2803441 Aside from researching the legal history of the month’s designation, you might be interested in researching African American contributions to law. If so, the library has several resources on this topic. One example is the book Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America. Another example is the book Rebels In Law: Voices in History of Black Women Lawyers. There are also e-books available through the library’s subscription to ebrary on this topic, such as A More Noble Cause: A.P. Tureaud and The Struggle for Civil Rights in Louisiana and Crusader for Justice.

Finally, you may be interested in reviewing legal scholarship specifically addressing economic, political, and sociological issues affecting African-Americans. There are a few law journals that match this description and are available on HeinOnline. For example, see the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy or the National Black Law Journal.

If you have a research question or just want to discover other African-American History Month resources that are available, stop by the reference desk.