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Black History Month

About Black History Month

Each February, the ODU Libraries mounts an exhibit to commemorate Black History Month. A Web exhibit is also created to accompany the lobby exhibit. This guide provides the various Web exhibits, which usually include bibliographies of relevant resources.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History provides the themes.

Over the years, the themes reflect changes in how people of African descent in the United States have viewed themselves, the influence of social movements on racial ideologies, and the aspirations of the black community.

Black History Month Themes

2015 - A Century of Black Life, History and Culture

2014 - Civil Rights in America

2013 - At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington

2012 - Black Women in American Culture and History

2011 - African Americans and the Civil War

2010 - 100 Years of Economic Empowerment: The National Urban League

2009 - The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas (ODU library theme: School Desegregation in Norfolk, Virgnia)

2008 - Carter G. Woodson and the Origins of Multiculturalism

2007 - From Slavery to Freedom: Africans in the Americas

2006 - Celebrating Community: A Tribute to Black Fraternal, Social and Civic Institutions

2005 - The Niagara Movement: Black Protest Reborn, 1905-2005 (ODU library theme: The African Diaspora)

2004 - Before Brown, Beyond Boundaries: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education