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Black History Month: a Reading List | OUPBlog

Eleanor Robson & Mara Sandroff, OUPBlog marks the celebration of Black History Month in the United States and Canada, an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in US history. The first variation of Black History Month was initiated by Dr. Carter G. Woodson (founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life) in 1926 titled Negro History Week, which took place during the second week of February. The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History later expanded the February celebration in the early 1970’s, renaming […]

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The Philosopher Who Believed That Art Was Key to Black Liberation | The New York Times “The question is no longer what whites think of the Negro but of what the Negro wants to do and what price he is willing to pay to do it.”

THE NEW NEGRO The Life of Alain Locke By Jeffrey C. Stewart 932 pp. Oxford University Press. $39.95. Alain LeRoy Locke’s drive to revolutionize black culture was fueled in no small part by his sense of self-importance. “When a man has something to be conceited over,” he wrote, “I call it self-respect.” Unlike many of his colleagues and rivals in the black freedom struggle of the early 20th century, Locke, a trailblazer of the Harlem Renaissance, believed that art and the Great Migration, not political protest, were the keys to black progress. Black Americans would only forge a new and […]

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