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Black History Month Resources


February 2024 is Black History Month. The theme for Black History Month 2024 focuses on “African Americans and the Arts”.

Below you will find a list of links to resources and educational materials on the Black American experience.

African Descent Ministries of the ELCA is celebrating Black History Month with season three of Talks at the Desk, a video series that explores diverse expressions of the church. This season focuses on the Reclaim Gathering and its themes: reclaim, embolden, embody and liberate. A new video will premiere each Wednesday in February at 7:30 pm Central time. Watch them live on YouTube or download them by clicking here.



Women of the ELCA Study and Engagement as Devotion During Black History Month

The National Museum of African American History & Culture | Smithsonian features in Celebration of Black History Month 2024 - Art as a Platform for Social Justice. African American artists — poets, writers, visual artists, and dancers — have historically served as change agents through their crafts. Click here to learn more.

PBS SoCal - Watch Black History Month. PBS is providing resources that Honor Black Voices in SoCal and the the nation; watch content That Honors Black Resilience. Click here to explore the richness of Black identity and culture with a variety of Black History Month programs

In honor of Black History Month, Hulu is proud to continue highlighting Black stories and storytellers through their Black Stories Always hub throughout February and all year round. This month brings exciting TV and film premieres, including the next installment in National Geographic’s biopic series, Genius: MLK/X.

Essential Black History Documentaries:

Who Killed Malcolm X? (2020)

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)

I Am Not Your Negro (2017)

13th (2016)

Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans (2008)

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)

A Ballerina's Tale (2015)

The Legend: The Bessie Coleman Story (2018)

Essential Reading - Black History Books:

How We Fight for Our Lives, by Saeed Jones

The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson

Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston

The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X, by Les Payne and Tamara Payne

The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., by Peniel Joseph

A Black Women's History of the United States, by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross

Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots, by Morgan Jerkins

The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation, by Anna Malaika Tubbs

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019, by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson

The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

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