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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?