Three More Resources For Black History Month

Here are three incredible resources for this February.

ASALH and the Origins of Black History Month

Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in 1915. The ASALH are creators of the original Black History Month. What started as a week in February 1926, chosen to celebrate Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass’s birthdays, later became a month.  The ASALH organization establishes a history theme each year. This year’s theme is “The Black Family.”  Some themes are quite specific, like 2019’s Black Migrations and 2020’s African Americans and the Vote.  This year’s theme, however, is broader and was a lot of fun to display. Furthermore, it was easier to incorporate YA authors into our displays this year since so many write books about family. See a video from ASALH about this year’s theme. ASALH also offers posters and a journal to honor the theme.

The Brown Bookshelf

Black History Month 28 days later logo

If you did not get a chance to attend the KidLit Rally 4 Black Lives this summer, I highly encourage you to check out this resource from The Brown Bookshelf. The rally was coordinated this summer by Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson, and Jason Reynolds. It was amazing!  I look forward to revisiting the rally on YouTube. Check out The Brown Bookshelf’s 28 days of the “best new and unnoticed works by African-Americans,” a celebration for Black History Month.

Equal Justice Initiative

The world has received so much from Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). Their work in the past thirty years has helped exonerate over one hundred and thirty people on death row. The powerful account of the EJI story now has a Young Adult Adaptation of Bryan Stevenson’s book “Just Mercy.” Additionally, EJI has created the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and has developed a complementary high school teaching tool.


Author: Hannah Byrd Little

I’m a dedicated Library Director at The Webb School of Bell Buckle, leveraging my background in higher education libraries to guide students through the crucial transition from school to college and beyond.

I am honored to have served as the AASL Chair for the Independent School Section in 2023 and am excited to begin my upcoming role as Director-At-Large for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) later this year, following my previous experience as a Member Guide in the AASL Emerging Leaders program. These appointments reflect my commitment to advancing library education and professional development on a national scale.

With experience in state-level leadership through the Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL), including serving as TASL President in 2012, I bring a wealth of knowledge to my role. My educational background includes certifications as a Library Information Specialist for PreK-12th grade, a Bachelor of Science in Communications (Advertising & Public Relations), a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (Education & Information Systems), and a Master’s in Library and Information Science.

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