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Celebrate Black History Month: Home

This supplementary research guide was created to highlight resources available through the WOU library, as well as external sites of interest.


Celebrating Black History Month 2024: African Americans and the Arts

African American art is infused with African, Caribbean, and the Black American lived experiences. In the fields of visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and other forms of cultural expression, the African American influence has been paramount. African American artists have used art to preserve history and community memory as well as for empowerment. Artistic and cultural movements such as the New Negro, Black Arts, Black Renaissance, hip-hop, and Afrofuturism, have been led by people of African descent and set the standard for popular trends around the world. In 2024, we examine the varied history and life of African American arts and artisans.

Read the complete Executive Summary for the 2024 Theme at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History website


Featured Library Exhibit: Racing to Change: Oregon's Civil Rights Years

Gallery Exhibit: Racing to Change

Explore how racist attitudes, policies of exclusion, and the destruction of Black-owned neighborhoods shaped Oregon, and how the Black community worked to overcome these obstacles.

Learn and read more at:

February 12th - April 10th

Hamersly Library 2nd Floor Gallery

Black History Month Recommended Reading