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MLK Day & Black History Month: Home

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Curriculum Collection

Graphic Novels


Check out the African American Literature Book Club, the AALBC is a widely recognized source of author profiles, book and film reviews, book recommendations, event information, discussion forums, writer resources, interviews, articles, videos, and more.

MLK Day & Black History Month

Learn about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through the library’s collection, there are children’s books in our curriculum collection, and we are displaying online books in this library research guide.

Black History Month starts in February but this guide is also highlighting titles promoted for the African American Month Read-In, the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.


Here are some books that you can read!

African American Read-In


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The National African American Read-In

Hosted by the Black Caucus of NCTE and NCTE

Celebrate Black History Month by taking part in the National African American Read-In. Sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and NCTE, and endorsed by the International Literacy Association, the goal is to document readers making the celebration of African American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities.

Popular Reading Collection - 6th Floor of Lewis Library


Curriculum Collection

NCTE BookList

NCTE Booklist

The following list contains selected works recommended by Black Caucus members. There are many other books by African Americans which we encourage you to read; this is a starter list and not intended to be all inclusive of other excellent works by African Americans. Join in and continue to enrich your lives after February by reading books by African Americans.