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2019 Celebration in O'Toole Library

African American Writers

Exhibit - Acclaimed African American Writers
February 1-28, 2019 | 1st floor of O'Toole Library

In celebration of Black History Month, the Theresa and Edward O’Toole Library is featuring an exhibit on Acclaimed African American Writers. Photographic portraits, biographies, and books are highlighted.

The exhibit, curated by Librarian Ilona MacNamara, will be on display throughout the month of February.

Egalite for All

Film and Discussion - Egalite for All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution
2/6/2019 5pm | Pope Lecture Hall

"The Haitian Revolution represents the only successful slave revolution in history; it created the world's first Black republic. At the forefront of the rebellion was General Toussaint Louverture, an ex-slave whose genius was admired by allies and enemies alike."

A discussion with Prof. Jonathan Brantley to follow. For more information, please contact Mary Kinahan-Ockay, University archivist.


Dr Carter Woodson

February is Black History Month, also known as African American History Month.  It is to celebrate the contributions that African Americans have made to American history. 

1915  Dr. Carter G. Woodson formed the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH, later ASALH) to raise awareness of African American’s contributions to civilization.

1926  ASNLH announced the second week of February as national Negro History Week, to encompass the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

1976  The celebration was expanded from a week to a month. President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month, during the nation's bicentennial.


Welcome to the Black History Month research guide. This research guide is created to help you find information on African American history.

Please use the tabs above to explore various kinds of resources, such as books, journals, videos, images, websites, etc. 

If you need any assistance, please contact our librarians (201-761-6460; We'd be happy to help!


2019 Theme

The annual celebrations of Black History Month focus on a specific theme, announced by The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASNLH).

For 2019, the theme is Black Migrations, in commemoration of the 400-year journey of African Americans since the first forced migration to Virginia colony in 1619.