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February Virtual Display

Throughout this guide you will find resources on Black History (mostly in the United States) ranging from books and film to podcasts and websites. These resources will come from within McQuade Library as well as outside of the Merrimack College community.


Black History Month 2021: Black Lives STILL Matter - Salem State University

"Salem State University celebrates Black History Month each year with a variety of events led by faculty, staff, and students that celebrate, honor, and recognize the work and culture of Black people. Please join us and view our full lineup of events (please check back for frequent updates and further details, thank you for your patience and understanding):"


Merrimack Valley Black and Brown Voices

Founded in June 2020 after the murder of George Floyd, Merrimack Valley Black & Brown Voices, a non-profit organization based in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts, with the help of community, volunteers, and partners, adopted a mission and vision. As a regional community-based organization, we plan social and cultural events that people can attend. We also provide support for individuals and families in financial need, local Black & Brown owned businesses, and more.

African American Trail Project - Tufts University

The African American Trail Project is a collaborative public history initiative housed at Tufts University. Originally inspired by the scholarship of Tufts Professor Gerald R. Gill (1948-2007) and driven by faculty and student research, this project maps African American and African-descended public history sites across greater Boston, and throughout Massachusetts. The African American Trail Project aims to develop African American historical memory and intergenerational community, placing present-day struggles for racial justice in the context of greater Boston’s historic African American, Black Native, and diasporic communities.

Under the leadership of Tufts’ Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, this project builds upon the work of many people and institutions, including: Tufts DataLab, Tufts Digital Collections & Archives, Tufts Consortium for Race, Colonialism & Diaspora, Tufts Africana Center, Tufts Africana Studies, Tufts Department of History, and the Gerald Gill Papers; Dean Bernard Harleston, Professor Gerald Gill, and Professor Vévé Clark; Professor Rosalind Shaw and the West Medford African American Remembrance Project; Mindy Nierenberg, Barbara Rubel, and Tisch College,” A Legacy to Remember”; Mr. Anthony Lowe; the Diversity Fund at Tufts University, the Office of the Provost, the Dean’s Office, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life; and the Tufts University Alumni Association.

Key community partners include the Museum of African American History, Boston & Nantucket, Royall House & Slave Quarters, West Medford Community Center, Robbins House, and the Massachusetts Historical Society. The project currently documents over 200 sites across greater Boston and Massachusetts. For a copy of the paper map, or to be placed on our mailing list, please email the CSRD.

Schlesinger Library's Black Women Oral History Project

"With support from the Schlesinger Library, the project recorded a cross section of women who had made significant contributions to American society during the first half of the 20th century.

Many interviewees in the collection had professional careers in fields such as education, government, the arts, business, medicine, law, and social work. Other women who were interviewed combined care for their families with volunteer work at the local, regional, or national level."

Museum of African American History - Boston|Nantucket


The Museum of African American History is New England’s largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans. In Boston and Nantucket, the Museum has preserved two historic sites and two Black Heritage Trails® that tell the story of organized black communities from the Colonial Period through the 19th century.

Exhibits, programs, and education activities at the Museum showcase the powerful stories of black families who worshipped, educated their children, debated the issues of the day, produced great art, organized politically and advanced the cause of freedom.

MIT Black History - Curating the MIT Black Experience

The MIT Black History Project began in 1995 with the goal of documenting the role of Black life at MIT since the Institute’s founding in 1861. These multiple roles have evolved over time and even exceeded those realized at many historically prestigious predominantly white institutions of higher learning. The Project’s continuing objective is to research and disseminate a varied set of materials that shed light on this rich, significant legacy.

Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery

MESSAGE FROM DEAN TOMIKO BROWN-NAGIN, chair, Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery

In the winter of 2019–2020, President Lawrence Bacow committed Harvard to examining the University’s significant connections to slavery and its legacies through research, engagement, and programming, and he charged a newly formed faculty committee with issuing a public report of historical findings and recommendations for further action. That report is scheduled for release in the winter of 2021–2022, and its publication will mark a beginning rather than an end. This work is challenging and it will take time, but it is critically important. We cannot dismantle what we do not understand, and we cannot understand the contemporary injustice we face unless we reckon honestly with our history. 

University of Washington State

Mapping the Great Migration (African American) by James Gregory

Over the course of the 20th century, more than seven million African Americans left homes in the South to resettle in northern and western states. Historians have long described this exodus as the Great Migration, great not just because of the numbers of people who moved but also because of the social and political consequences.

The interactive maps and data tables below provide detailed information about the movement of African Americans out of the South. Use them to investigate volumes and directions. The first map reveals decade-by-decade the number of southerners living in northern and western states. Select a state of origin and see where people went. Another map shows similar data for each metropolitan area where Black southerners settled. A third allows us to highlight a northern or western state and see which southern states contributed the most migrants. Or start with a southern state and see where its people went. Finally an interactive table provides the data behind these visualizations. The maps are hosted by Tableau Public. If slow, refresh the page. Here is more information about The Great Migration .


Center for Racial Justice in Education

At Center for Racial Justice in Education, we believe that the histories, stories, and voices of Black people should be centered, honored, and uplifted in school curricula every day. We also acknowledge the importance, relevance and origins of Black History Month. In 1926, Carter D. Woodson and the ASALH (Association for the Study of African American Life and History) launched “Negro History Week” to promote the studying of African American history as a discipline and to celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans.  Today, we still see the absence of Black history and experience in our textbooks, required readings, STEM, and overall curriculum of our educational system. As we enter February, Border Crossers is providing resources to be used beyond the scope of this one-month. Unless Black history is taught throughout the year, it perpetuates an “othering” of Black Lives and Black students, and is also a manifestation of anti-blackness.  Ensuring the ongoing integration of Black history and experiences throughout all curriculum is imperative as educators continue to uplift every student and reinforce that Black Lives Matter everyday.

African American History Month - Library of Congress

February is African American History Month The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.