The DiMenna-Nyselius Library has an extensive collection of material to support research in the areas of African American history, the civil rights movement in America, race relations and other topics of special interest during Black History Month.
Vivian Malone, one of the first African Americans to attend the University of Alabama, walks through a crowd that includes National Guard members and Deputy U.S. Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach in 1963. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.
We invite you to explore our collection, stopping by the Library to see selected material displayed in the interior lobby on the main floor. Libray staff have selected material which they found personally meaningful to them.
- See a list of books on blacks and civil rights the University community may borrow.
- See a list of films about African American history the University community may borrow.
Also, listen to a podcast of Larry Mazon, Director of Institutional Diversity Initiatives, discuss the books and films which have affected him.
The Library staff also recommends the following online sources:
Harlem: 1900-1940 – An African American Community
an exhibition portfolio by by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library.
The Library Of Congress (LOC) has exceptional online material:
African American History Month online exhibit by the LOC
Photo on right – sign outside water fountain in 1943 Maryland, courtesy of the Library of Congress.
History Channel’s online exhibit in recognition of Black History Month
See videoclips of prominent Americans discussing race and civil rights, read biographies of famous Afrian Americans and much more.