Black History Month

Also known as African American History Month, the annual celebration of African American achievements and their involvement in American history has been officially recognized by every U.S. President since 1976. February is the chosen month in honor of the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, prominent activist, author and speaker.

Since 1976, Black History Month has chosen a theme, this year is no different with the focus being on Black Health and Wellness. As the Association for the Study of African American Life and History states, “this theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing throughout the African Diaspora.” Dig deeper into this theme with these books from our collection. Need more reading recommendations? Stop by our Information & Research desk, our librarians will be happy to assist!

Adult and Teen:

“Black, Pregnant and Loving It: The Comprehensive Pregnancy Guide for Today’s Woman of Color” by Yvette Allen-Campbell and Suzanne Greenidge-Hewitt, M.D. (

“Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body” by Jessamyn Stanley (

“Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine” by Damon Tweedy, M.D. (

“The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir” by Michele Harper (

“Food for Life: Delicious and Healthy Comfort Food from My Table to Yours!” by Laila Ali (

“Fit Men Cook: 100+ Meal Prep Recipes for Men and Women – Always #HealthyAF, Never Boring” by Kevin Curry (

“More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter what they Say)” by Elaine Welteroth (

“My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies” by Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP  (


“Michelle Obama: Health Advocate” by Clara MacCarald (

“Patricia’s Vision” by Michelle Lord (

“Mae Jemison: Doctor, Scientist, and Astronaut” by Rachel Rose (


Black History Month

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