Celebrate Black History Month

 

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. The event was the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history. The Black History Month 2018 theme, “African Americans in Times of War,” marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and honors the roles that black Americans have played in warfare, from the American Revolution to the present day.

  

The African-American Soldier: From Crispus Attucks to Colin Powell
The African-American Soldier: From Crispus Attucks to Colin Powell
By Lanning, Michael Lee
2004-05 – Citadel Press
9780806526294 Check Our Catalog“The African-American Soldier” portrays the struggles of the courageous men and women who secured the right of black Americans to fight for their country–a country that provided them with nearly two centuries of discrimination. This account of the road to racial equality in the military tracks progress and setbacks as well as dramatic firsts for African Americans. Photos. …More

Soldiers of Freedom: An Illustrated History of African Americans in the Armed Forces
Soldiers of Freedom: An Illustrated History of African Americans in the Armed Forces
By Wright, Kai
2002-09 – Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
9781579122539 Check Our CatalogSpanning from the American Revolution to the war in Afghanistan, this long-overdue, comprehensive history covers the full scope of African Americans’ involvement in the armed forces during war and peacetime. Accompanying the informative text are 300 photographs and illustrations. …More

Like Men of War: Black Troops in the Civil War 1862-1865
Like Men of War: Black Troops in the Civil War 1862-1865
By Trudeau, Noah Andre
1998-02 – Little Brown and Company
9780316853255 Check Our CatalogAn award-winning Civil War historian offers the first comprehensive military history of black soldiers during that conflict, focusing on the more than 175,000 African-American soldiers in the Union Army who fought in more than 400 battles. …More

Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII's Forgotten Heroes
Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII’s Forgotten Heroes
By Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem
Author Walton, Anthony
2005-05 – Broadway Books
9780767909136 Check Our CatalogA powerful wartime saga in the bestselling tradition of “Flags of Our Fathers, Brothers in Arms recounts the extraordinary story of the 761st Tank Battalion, the first all-black armored unit to see combat in World War II.

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Black Soldiers in Blue: African American Troops in the Civil War Era
Black Soldiers in Blue: African American Troops in the Civil War Era
By Smith, John David
2004-08 – University of North Carolina Press
9780807855799 Check Our CatalogFourteen original essays reveal the varied contributions of the African American soldiers who fought for the Union cause during the Civil War. There were around 179,000 black soldiers; close to 70,000 of them died during the war. The book includes analyses of the major battles and engagements in which African American soldiers fought and discusses the U.S. Colored Cavalry, the recruitment of black …More

Defenders of Liberty: African Americans in the Revolutionary War
Defenders of Liberty: African Americans in the Revolutionary War
By Lanning, Michael Lee
2000-10 – Citadel Press
9781559725132 Check Our CatalogA noted military historian and author of “The African-American Soldier” reveals the critical and heroic role African Americans played in the American Revolution, the last war to use integrated units until the Korean Conflict. of illustrations. …More

Black Knights: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen
Black Knights: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen
By Homan, Lynn M.
Author Reilly, Thomas
2001-01 – Pelican Publishing Company
9781565548282 Check Our CatalogWhat became known as the Tuskegee Experience began in 1931 with a letter from the head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to the War Department asking that blacks be allowed to join the military. The efforts of early African American aviators, the struggle of organizations and individuals against the military’s segregation policies, and the hard work of thousands of …More

The Lost Eleven: The Forgotten Story of Black American Soldiers Brutally Massacred in World War II
The Lost Eleven: The Forgotten Story of Black American Soldiers Brutally Massacred in World War II
By George, Denise
Author Child, Robert
2017-01 – Dutton Caliber
9781101987391 Check Our CatalogNearly forgotten by history, this is the story of the Wereth Eleven, African-American soldiers who fought courageously for freedom in WWII–only to be ruthlessly executed by Nazi troops during the Battle of the Bulge.

Their story was almost forgotten by history. Now known as the Wereth Eleven, these brave African-American soldiers left their homes to join the …More

Fighting for America: Black Soldiers--The Unsung Heroes of World War II
Fighting for America: Black Soldiers–The Unsung Heroes of World War II
By Moore, Christopher
2004-12 – One World
9780345459602 Check Our CatalogAwards:
Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary_award (2006)

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In this powerful tribute, Christopher Moore looks at African-American military service during World War II and at the paradox of their patriotism in what was still a racist society. Includes letters, photos, illustrations, and rare documents throughout. …More

Red-Tail Angels: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II
Red-Tail Angels: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II
By McKissack, Patricia C.
Joint Author McKissack, Fredrick, Jr.
1996-01 – Walker & Company
9780802782922 Check Our CatalogCCBC Choices – 1995

— Carter G. Woodson Book Award (Merit Book)

— ALA Best Book for Young Adults

— IRA-CBC Teachers’ Choice

— Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

— “This history of America’s first black military aviators is carefully researched and finely crafted. (Written with) an emotional intensity that …More


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