“Kusherehekea Ujasiri” is a Swahili phrase that admonishes us all to “celebrate resilience”. Each year during the month of February, our country celebrates the resilience of African American pioneers and other great leaders whose lives help catapult us into a new era. Black History Month or National African American History Month originally began as a week-long celebration dubbed “Negro History Week”. This diminutive movement was a localized attempt to recognize the historical value of African American achievements. However, it later ballooned into a month long proclamation of education and equality.
In observation of this long standing tradition, the library has put on display books that speak to the African diaspora. Among them are great titles such as Becoming African American: Black Public Life in Harlem, 1919-1939 by Clare Corbould and Art in Crisis: WEB Dubois and the Struggle of African American Identity and Memory by Amy Helene kirschke. Both of these titles expertly portray the complex and often self-deprecating struggles that have troubled African Americans throughout history.
If you are interested in reading these titles or other related books on African American culture, stop by the PSC Library today.