VSU Recognizes Black History Month With Special Library Collection

February 2, 2016

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

VALDOSTA — In recognition of Black History Month, Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections has assembled a special collection of resources designed to enable faculty, staff, students, and community researchers to explore the role of African Americans in United States history. These historical documents will remain on display throughout the month of February in the showcase located on the first floor of the Odum Library.

Highlights of the exhibit include newspapers created by African Americans and civil rights activists; writings and publications by civil rights journalists, one of whom participated in sit-ins and freedom rides; rare books of the 19and and early 20and century written by African-American authors; interviews and photographs of South Georgia citizens exploring 20and racial problems of the century; deeds of sale of slaves; speeches on slavery from the mid-1800s; and pictures and stories from a family’s upbringing history.

Additional materials are available upon request from the Archives and Special Collections, located on the fourth floor of the library.

The history of Black History Month began in 1915 when historian Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Black Life and History, an organization dedicated to researching and promoting the achievements of Black Americans and other people of African descent. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the organization sponsored a National Black History Week in 1926, choosing the second week in February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Throughout the 1960s, Black History Week eventually evolved into Black History Month on college campuses.

In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month, calling on the entire nation to “seize the opportunity to honor the all too often overlooked accomplishments of black Americans in all walks of life. of our history”.

Contact VSU Archives and Special Collections at (229) 259-7756 or [email protected] for more information.

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