Learn About Black History with Resources at LPCPL

Black History Month honors the contributions that African Americans have made to U.S. history. Celebrated during the month of February, it serves as a reminder that black contributions have helped shape the country. In honor of Black History Month, we’ve compiled a short list of DVDs and books that you can check out at La Porte County Public Library!

You can also search the catalog or a variety of databases to explore more information. 

Video:

  • Binge Box: Black History
    • This selection of DVDs is intended for adult audiences and includes The Birth of a Nation, 12 Years a Slave, Race, Red Tails, 42, and Selma.
  • Binge Box: Black History, Volume 2
    • This selection of DVDs is intended for younger audiences and includes Juneteenth for Mazie; The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist; William Still and his Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad; Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre; Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball; and Before She Was Harriet.
  • Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History
    • In this TV-PG rated special, Kevin Hart uses comedy to highlight the fascinating contribution of Black history’s unsung heroes.
  • Driving While Black
    • Rated TV-14. Driving While Black chronicles the riveting history and personal experiences, at once liberating and challenging, harrowing and inspiring, deeply revealing and profoundly transforming, of African Americans on the road from the advent of the automobile through the seismic changes of the 1960s and beyond. 
  • Black Patriots: Heroes of the Revolution
    • From the initial sparks of revolution in Boston to the climactic Siege of Yorktown and beyond, hear the story of the war within the Revolutionary War through the eyes of some of the most significant African American figures of our country’s foundation.

Kids Books:

  • The ABCs of Black History by Rio Cortez
    • Letter by letter, The ABCs of Black History celebrates a story that spans continents and centuries, triumph and heartbreak, creativity and joy.
  • Crafts that Celebrate Black History by Kathy Ross 
    • These hands-on projects celebrate the artists, writers, inventors, and social reformers (and even an explorer and an athlete) who have been part of history.
  • Black Women in Science: A Black History Book for Kids by Kimberly Brown Pellum, PhD
    • Learn about amazing Black women in science with this collection of 15 fascinating biographies for kids ages 9-12. 
  • Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison 
    • An important book for readers of all ages, this beautifully illustrated and engagingly written volume brings to life true stories of black men in history.
  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison 
    • This beautifully illustrated board book edition of instant bestseller Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History showcases women who changed the world and is the perfect goodnight book to inspire big dreams.

Adult Books:

  • A Black Women’s History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross
    • A vibrant and empowering history that emphasizes the perspectives and stories of African American women to show how they are, and have always been, instrumental in shaping our country
  • Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present by Deborah Willis 
    • Reflections in Black, the first comprehensive history of black photographers, is Deborah Willis’s long-awaited, groundbreaking assemblage of photographs of African American life from 1840 to the present.
  • The Black History of the White House by Clarence Lusane 
    • Presenting the untold history, racial politics, and shifting significance of the White House as experienced by African Americans, from the generations of enslaved people who helped to build it or were forced to work there to its first black First Family, the Obamas.
  • Women in Black History: Stories of Courage, Faith, and Resilience by Tricia Williams Jackson 
    • Within the pages of American history are the stories of remarkable African American women who have defied the odds, taken a stand for justice, and made incredible strides despite opposition from the culture around them. 
  • Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies by Dick Gregory 
    • In Defining Moments in Black History, Gregory charts the empowering yet often obscured past of the African American experience. In his unapologetically candid voice, he moves from African ancestry and surviving the middle passage to modern-day protests. 

Posted on February 1, 2022

by Jennifer Bissonnette

Jennifer Bissonnette

Jennifer Bissonnette

Jennifer enjoys reading, writing to-do lists, and giving both of her dogs belly rubs. She has a weak spot for tasty sweets and is on a mission to find Northwest Indiana’s best cinnamon roll. She often over analyzes things but tries to use that to her advantage in her work at the library.
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