Last week, in recognition of Black History Month, UNC’s own Rare Book Collection blogged about two of their recent acquisitions:
Christina Moody’s Tiny Spark: “Imagine a sixteen-year old African-American girl publishing a book of poetry in 1910: some of it in dialect, some of it provocatively proud of her race, grappling with serious issues – like how a Negro can pledge allegiance to the American flag – as well as the problems of ‘Chillun and Men.'”
Claude McKay’s Long Way From Home: “The volume is the autobiography of the Jamaica-born writer McKay in the first edition, published in New York in 1937. Its original cloth cover with foil label is quite worn, but open up, and there’s a surprise, a wonderful page of inscriptions, one from the author to Naomi Davis, the alias of Frances Daniels.”
For more on these great finds, be sure to click on the links above for the full blog posts!
Over the course of Black History Month 2012, we’ve posted SCL Picks and new titles on a variety of topics: literature, fine arts, religion, gender, film studies, love, and even the first published novel by an African American woman. As February comes to a close, we thought we would round things out with four recent titles in the area of military history.
As always, we also encourage you to make use of the Stone Center Library’s Guide to the Web, which includes a section of online resources covering African American military history. Plus, did you know the itself Guide is searchable? In addition to perusing the Guide by topic, the “Search the Guide” bar allows for keyword searching to pull sites listed in the guide from across sections. For example, searching for “Tuskegee” yields this list of websites contained within the Guide: http://bit.ly/wnbZGo. Happy searching!
Posted in Civil War, Military, New Titles, Non-Fiction, Slavery
Tagged Available @the SCL, Black History Month, Civil War, Military, New @the SCL, Online resources, SCL Picks, Slavery
The 84th annual Academy Awards will take place this Sunday and among this year’s contenders is The Help, which has been nominated for four awards, including nods for Viola Davis (Best Actress) and Octavia Spencer (Best Supporting Actress). This film takes place in 1960s Mississippi and chronicles the intersecting lives of white women and their African-American maids against the backdrop of major social upheaval nationwide. Of course, before it was an Oscar-nominated film, The Help was a best-selling book, as reviewed by Stone Center Librarian Shauna Collier in a previous SCL blog post, and available here at the Library.
Interested in learning more about African Americans and the film industry? Here, in no particular order, are ten titles to get you started:
The books listed above are but a sampling of related items available here at the Stone Center Library. Come by and check us out!
Welcome back, faithful readers! Yesterday we posted the first of three listings of new books currently on display here at the Stone Center Library. Today’s new titles cover a wide range of the arts, including dance, film, music, and visual arts.
The Devil Finds Work (James Baldwin)
Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present (Robin R. Means Coleman)
Black Social Dance in Television Advertising: An Analytical History (Carla Stalling Huntington)
Marion D. Cuyjet and Her Judimar School of Dance: Training Black Ballerinas in Black Philadelphia 1948-1971 (Melanye White Dixon; with a Foreword by Lynette Young Overby)
The Dance Claimed Me: a Biography of Pearl Primus (Peggy & Murray Schwartz)
The Life, Art, and Times of Joseph Delaney, 1904-1991 (Frederick C. Moffatt)
A to Z of African Americans: African Americans in the Visual Arts (Steven Otfinoski)
Back in the Days: Remix (Photographs by Jamel Shabazz)
Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade (Maurie D. McInnis)
Intrigued by any of the above titles? Click on the links for a brief summary or come by the Library and peruse at your leisure!
Coming tomorrow: post three of three, featuring a bevy of hot topics such as religion, gender studies, and more… stay tuned!
Posted in Dance, Film, Music, New Titles, Non-Fiction, Slavery, Theater
Tagged Available @the SCL, Biography, Black History Month, Dance, Film, Music, New @the SCL, Non-fiction, SCL Picks, Slavery, Women's history
Posted in Biography, Diaspora, Fiction, New Titles, Non-Fiction, Politics
Tagged Available @the SCL, Biography, Black History Month, Caribbean, Diaspora, Fiction, New @the SCL, Non-fiction, Race & Ethnicity
First performed publicly in February of 1900, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” was composed by brothers James Weldon (text) and J. Rosamand Johnson (music). Originally conceived as a poem to commemorate Lincoln’s birthday, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” as a musical work has become a powerful symbol of the U.S. Civil Rights movement. Termed “the Black National Anthem” by some, this song also inspired a short-lived sculpture (“The Harp”) commissioned for the 1939 New York World’s Fair and created by Augusta Savage Jefferson. Given its cultural significance, and in honor of Black History Month, here at the Library we thought we would briefly spotlight the poet, educator, and activist behind the poem: James Weldon Johnson.
James Weldon Johnson (1831-1938) was born in Jacksonville, FL and went on to attend Atlanta University. The son of a schoolteacher, he returned to his alma mater Stanton Elementary School as principal. Concurrently, he purused legal studies and became the first African-American to pass the bar exam in the state of Florida. In addition to his significant contribution to the fields of education and law, Johnson was a prolific writer of poems, song texts, and fiction such as The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man. Active in the political arena as well, in 1920 he was appointed executive secretary of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), which ultimately adopted “Lift Every Voice and Sing” as its official song.
For a sampling James Weldon Johnson’s poetry available here at the Library, we recommend checking out:
For more on the artwork inspired by “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” consider this book, also available here at the Library:
And for a full list of books authored by James Weldon Johnson and available here at the SCL, check out the following list in the online catalog. Happy reading!
Posted in Biography, Civil Rights, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Politics
Tagged Available @the SCL, Biography, Black History Month, Civil Rights, Poetry, SCL Picks