Welcome to the Pratt Institute Libraries' Black History Resources guide! We've made this guide to honor and acknowledge Black history and celebrate the contributions made by Black Americans to this country. To that end, we've curated lists of books, streaming films, and special collections materials -- like artists books and photo books -- that highlight the voices and histories of Black Americans. We've also included relevant archival materials, including scanned copies of DRUM, a popular magazine published by Pratt's Black Student Union in the 1970s.
We hope you enjoy exploring this guide and learning of the innumerable contributions Black Americans have made, and continue to make, to the United States. For more library resources centering Black history, experience, and culture, check out our Black Lives Matter Resource Guide.
Black History Month (BHM) should be a familiar event to most, but did you know each BHM has a unique theme? The theme for this year is "Black Health and Wellness." The Association For the Study of African American Life and History has explained a bit about black bodies and African American contributions to medical discovery and public health. This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.