Black History Month at ISU

February is Black History Month. Since 1976, every U.S. president officially designated February as Black History Month. Iowa State is celebrating with a bunch of events, guest speakers, and more!

I personally am planning to go to the screening of “Souls of Black Girls,” an award-winning documentary by filmmaker Daphne Valerius, at the Parks Library on February 20!

For a full list of events going on, click here!

Throughout the month, the Parks Library will be displaying books featuring African American authors. As a proud bookworm, I also wanted to share some great books to read for Black History Month.

  1. The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Walker was the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1983. It’s about a girl named Celie, a young black woman in rural Georgia, and the difficulties she goes through in the 1930s.
  2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It’s now out as a movie! It’s about a 16-year-old girl named Starr Carter who gets involved with activism after witnessing the police shooting of her childhood friend.
  3. The Sellout by Paul Beatty. This novel won the 2016 Man Booker Prize. It’s a satirical book and follows an unnamed narrator who attempts to reintroduce segregation in president-day Los Angeles, which leads him to a Supreme Court case, Me vs. The United States of America.

The Ames Public Library will also be celebrating with Saturday Family Fun every Saturday of February from 10:30-11:30am, along with other activities and lectures!

How will you be celebrating?

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