SMU Libraries Celebrates Black History Month

Table covered in red tablecloth and several books. Above the table is a large sign that says "Celebrating Black History Month."

Nationally celebrated across the United States since 1976, Black History Month is a time to reflect on the history, culture, and countless contributions to American society by African Americans. This year’s theme is African Americans and the Arts. To celebrate, we created a book display highlighting a few of the contributions to our library by Black artists and writers. The display sits in one of the busiest parts of Fondren Library – next to the Main Desk – to draw attention to and create greater access to this valuable part of SMU Libraries’ collection. 

Amongst the display, you’ll find books by Octavia E. Butler, Angela Davis, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and many more! Free bookmarks celebrating the life and words of notable figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X are also available. And the best part of the display is that all books are available for immediate checkout. So, the next time you stroll through Fondren Library, make sure to check out the Black History Month display. 

This post was written by Ramón García, Undergraduate Success Librarian. Ramón coordinates and teaches research instruction for WRTR courses and leads the Libraries’ student success committee in our efforts to provide relevant programming for SMU students.