Centering and Celebrating Black History

Posted on: February 16, 2024

February is Black History Month, an opportunity to bring intentional focus to the centering and celebrating of Black history. We’ve compiled this list of local Black history resources, books, films, and other avenues to dig deeper into our local and national history and find new ways to join the celebration. 

Learn About Black History at JMU

  • Black Firsts at JMU: An interactive timeline created by students in the African, African American, and Diaspora (AAAD) Studies minor program featuring the first Black students, faculty, and staff at JMU among other milestones in the university’s history. Work on the timeline was supported by the Digital Scholarship and Distinctive Collections department in the Libraries.
  • Digital exhibit on race relations at JMU: An exhibit supported by Digital Scholarship and Distinctive Collections that gathers materials from JMU Special Collections that confront the painful racism of JMU’s past, as well as the efforts of students, faculty, and administrators to make JMU a more inclusive place.
  • Furious Flower Poetry Center collections: JMU Libraries stewards the historical records for JMU’s Furious Flower Poetry Center, the nation’s first academic center for Black poetry.
  • Renamed buildings at JMU: Learn about the people who were honored with the renaming of three buildings on JMU’s campus in 2021, thanks to the work of the Campus History committee and community members who supported the effort.

Explore Black History in Harrisonburg and nearby

Engage with Black History in the Libraries

Digital Humanities Projects

Black History in Film

Check out the Black History Month video collection of hundreds of streaming movies and videos in Kanopy – an award-winning video streaming service providing access to more than 30,000 independent and documentary films, available to you for free through JMU Libraries as a member of the JMU community. 

Black History Month video collection in the Kanopy video streaming service

Top-rated documentaries include:

Check out the entire Black History Month video collection or browse all 30,000 titles in Kanopy.

Attend a JMU Event

Check out the Black History Month events hosted by JMU’s Center for Multicultural Student Services (CMSS).

Learn More

Learn more and join the national celebration of Black History Month.

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