Black History Month is typically observed during February, but why stop there? Black history is part of our communal history, and there is a rich vein of fascinating stories for everyone to tap into at any time, for any reason. Here we present a selection for each age, from young children through adults…find them all in the catalog.
February 1, 1902-1967
Hughes, who claimed Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Carl Sandburg, and Walt Whitman as his primary influences, is particularly known for his insightful, colorful portrayals of black life in America from the twenties through the sixties. He wrote novels, short stories and plays, as well as poetry, and is also known for his engagement with the world of jazz and the influence it had on his writing, as in his book-length poem Montage of a Dream Deferred (Holt, 1951). His life and work were enormously important in shaping the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.