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Black History Month

A guide to Black History Month, featuring eBooks, books, streaming videos, special collections and archival materials, and more!


Welcome to the Pratt Institute Libraries' Black History Month 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 eBooks, print 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. Finally, we've linked to a number of virtual events and resources hosted by many renowned museums and cultural heritage sites. 

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.


2021 Black History Month Theme: The Black Family

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 "The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity." The Association For the Study of African American Life and History has explained a bit about the significance and complexity of this theme. For more information, read below: