Friday, February 19, 2016

Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped recognizes Black History Month

February has been recognized as “Black History Month” in the United States and Canada at least since 1970. It is a time when we recognize the achievements and sacrifices of Africans and people of African-American descent.

Many people make a special effort to read about the achievements of African-Americans during February, and the Tennessee Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped would like to recommend a few titles from its collections:

  • One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York, by Arthur Browne, is the story of the first African- American New York Police Department officer, Samuel Battle (1883-1966), who also mentored the first African-American member of the Fire Department of New York. It is available in audio format.

  • Say You’re One of Them is a collection of short stories by the Nigerian priest, Uwem Akpan, about children struggling to survive in war-torn Africa. The collection was recommended by media star and adopted Nashvillian Oprah Winfrey in 2009. It is available in audio and large print formats.

  • Award-winning children’s book author Carole Boston Weatherford’s book, Leontyne Price: Voice of a Century, is a biography of African-American opera singer Mary Violet Leontyne Price. Written for children in grades two through four, it’s available in audio format.

  • Even the Stars Look Lonesome is a collection of essays by the accomplished poet Maya Angelou on topics such as aging, fame, family, marriage, sexuality, and Africa. It is available in audio, braille and large print formats.

These are just a few of the many fine books about African-American history available through the Tennessee Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped.

The Tennessee Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped is a section of the Tennessee State Library & Archives, which is a division of Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s Office. For more information on the Tennessee Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, go to the library’s web page at:

The State Library and Archives is a division of the Tennessee Department of State and Tre Hargett, Secretary of State

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