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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library

This guide provides diversity resources and services to students, faculty, and library staff.

Selected Black History Month Readings

Up From Slavery

E 185.97 .W4 A37 1976

African Saints, African Stories: 40 Holy Men and Women

BR 1700.3 .B76 2008

The Souls of Black Folk

E 185.5 .D81 2009

Between the World and Me

E 185.615 .C6335 2015

Black Boy

PS 3545 .R815 Z96 2020

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

E 449 .D749 2003

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

PS 3551 .N464 Z466 2015

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

E 185 .625 .T38 2003

Barracoon: The Story of the Last

"Black Cargo"

E 444 .L49 H87 2018

So You Want to Talk about Race

E 184 .A1 O454 2019

When They Call You a Terrorist

E 185.97 .K43 A3 2020

The Oxford Frederick Douglass Reader

E 449  .D7491 1996

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

F 334 .M753 P3883 2015

Closer to Freedom

E 443 .C36 2004

Uncommon Faithfulness

BX 1407 .N4 U53 2009

The Classic Slave Narratives

E 444 .C63 1987

Notes of a Native Son

E 185.61 .B18 N6 1984

Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells

E 185.97 .B26 A3 2020

Time on Two Crosses

E 185 .615 .R84 2003

From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans

E 185 .F8266 2011 

This Bridge Called My Back

PS 509 .F44 T5 2015

The Truths We Hold

E 901.1 .H37 A3 2020

Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher

E 185.97 .L79 H37 2008

New Day in Babylon: The Black Power Movement and

American Culture, 1965-1975

E 185.86 .V36 1992

Writing to Save a Life

D 810 .N4 W49 2016

An African American and Latinx History of the United States

E 184 .S75 O79 2018

Freedom's Daughters

E 185 .O43 2001

Ella Baker & The Black Freedom Movement

E 185.97 .B214 R36 2003

The Sword and the Shield

E 185.97 .K5 J67 2020

Black Is Beautiful

BH 301 .B53 T39 2016

The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison

PS 3555 .L625 Z48 2019

The Oxford Handbook of African American Theology

Online Access - EBSCO eBook Collection

Let Nobody Turn Us Around

E 184.6 .L48 2009

Hot Music

PS 153 .N5 T67 2015

The History of Black Catholics in the United States

BX 1407 .N4 D38 1995

Persons of Color and Religious at the Same Time

BX 4412 .M67 2002

Knowing Christ Crucified: The Witness of African American Religious Experience

Br 563 .N4 C67 2018


Four Early 20th Century Piano Suites by Black Composers

M 24 .F75 1997

The Heart of a Woman: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price

ML 410 .P835 B76 2020

Juneteenth Texas

Online Access - EBSCO eBook Collection

A Promised Land

E 908 .A3 2020

Anna Julia Cooper, Visionary Black Feminist: A Critical Introduction

HQ 1190 .M383 2012

Sonata in E Minor - For Piano

M 23 .P9 1997

A New Anthology of Art Songs by African American Composers

M 1619 .N48 2004

From Spirituals to Symphonies: African-American Women Composers and Their Music

ML 390 .W16 2007

Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist's Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America

PN 4874 .G387 A3 2019

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

E 185.2 .B545 2009

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke

E 185.97.L79 S83 2018

Animating Black and Brown Liberation: A Theory of American Literatures

PS 169 .L5 D38 2019

Caring for Equality: A History of African American Health and Healthcare

RA 448.5 .N4 M33 2018

Cross-Racial Class Protest in Antebellum American Literature

PS 217.W66 H37 2020

Black Cultural Mythology

PS 153 .T43 2020

Reminiscences of an American Composer and Pianist

ML 410 .W278 A3 2009

I Dream a World: The Operas of William Grant Still

ML 410 .S855 S69 2005

Their Eyes Were Watching God

PS 3515 .U789 T5 1978

Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement

ML 1700 .A53 2018

It's Our Music Too: The Black Experience in Classical Music

ML 3545 .H88 2016

The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir

F 189 .B153 C63 2009

Blake or, The Huts of America

PS 1534 .D134 B57 2017

A Shot in the Moonlight: How a Freed Slave and a Confederate Soldier Fought for Justice in the Jim Crow South

F 456 .M66 2021

Roots of the Black Chicago Renaissance: New Negro Writers, Artists, and Intellectuals, 1893-1930

F 548.9 .R66 2020

Thyra J. Edwards: Black Activist in the Global Freedom Struggle

E 185.97 .E345 A63 2011

Jesus and the Disinherited

BS 2417 .S7 T5 1996

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

PS 3562.075 .Z23 1982

The Nation Must Awake: My Witness to the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921

F 704 .T92 P36 2021

Theologizing in Black: On Africana Theological Ethics and Anthropology

BR 1360 .J66 2020

Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery

E 185.2 .L57 1980

From Slave to Priest: A Biography of the Reverend Augustine Tolton (1854-1897), First Black American Priest of the Untied States

BX 4705 .T6813 H4 2006

The Freedom of Speech: Talk and Slavery in the Anglo-Caribbean World

HT 1096 .O34 2019

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019

E 185 .F625 2021

Unsung: Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & Abolition

E 444 .U57 2021

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song

BR 563 .N4 G295 2021

Theologizing in Black

BR 1360 .J66 2020

South to Freedom

HT1053 .B38 2020

Carry On

E 840.8 .L43 A3 2021

We Do This 'Til We Free Us

HM 671 .K333 2021

Freedom Narratives of African American Women

Online Access - Overdrive

Alabama v. King

E 185.61 .A166 2022

Selected Poetry and Literature Titles

The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers

PS 508 .N3 P596 2017

The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader

PS 508 .N3 P59 1994

James Baldwin: Early Novels and Stories (LOA #97)

PS 3552 .A45 A6 1998

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

PS 3551 .N464 Z466 2015

Wade in the Water

PS 3619 .M5955 A6 2018

Antebellum Dream Book

PS 3551 .L3494 A84 2001

The Best of Simple

PS 3515 .U274 B4 1990

The Body's Question

PS 3619 .M5955 B63 2003

Life on Mars

PS 3619 .M5955 L54 2011


PS 3523 .A7225 P377 2020


PS 3523 .A7225 Q55 2010

The Bluest Eye

PS 3563 .O8749 B55 1993


PS 3563 .O8749 S8 2004

Black Women of the Harlem Renaissance Era

Online Access - EBSCO eBook Collection

The Blacker the Berry

PS 3539 .H957 B53 2015

The Fire in the Flint

PS 3545 .H6165 F52 1996


PS 3545 .H6165 F58 1998

Black No More

PS 3537 .C76 B56 2018

The City of Refuge: The Collected Stories of Rudolph Fisher

PS 3511 .I7436 Z78 2008

Kernel of Sanity

PS 3556 .R3633 K47 2014

Fairview: A Play

PS 3604 .R873 F35 2019

The Piano Lesson

PS 3573 .I45677 P5 1990


PS3573.I45677 F4 1986

Home to Harlem

PS 3525 .A24785 H6 1987


PS 3539 .O478 C3 2011

Harlem Shadows

PS 3525 .A24785 A6 2018

Harlem Gallery and Other Poems

PS 3539 .O334 A6 1999

Tar Baby

PS 3563 .O8749 T37 2004


PS 3563 .O8749 L68 2003

A Mercy

PS 3563 .O8749 M47 2009


PS 3563 .O8749 H66 2013

God Help the Child

PS 3563 .O8749 G63 2015


PS 3563 .O8749 D47 2012

American Sublime

PS 3551 .L3494 A8 2005

The Venus Hottentot

PS 3551 .L3494 V46 2004

Crave Radiance

PS 3551 .L3494 C73 2010

Domestic Work

PS 3570 .R433 D66 2000

Bellocq's Ophelia

PS 3570 .R433 B45 2002

Native Guard

PS 3570 .R433 N38 2006


PS 3570 .R433 A6 2018

Blue Laws

PS 3575 .O798 A6 2016

For the Confederate Dead

PS 3575 .O798 F67 2007

The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness

NX 512.3 .A35 Y68 2012

The Racial Imaginary

PS 228 .R32 R33 2016

The White Card

PS 3568 .A572 W45 2019


PS 3563 .U3954 R43 2006

Grace Notes

PS 3554 .O884 G7 1991

The Selected Works of Audre Lorde

PS 3562 .O75 A6 2020

Lion's Blood

PS 3552 .A6954 L56 2002

Dessa Rose

PS 3573 .I45546 D47 2018

African-American Poetry of the Nineteenth Century

PS 591 .N4 A35 1992

Felon: Poems

PS 3602 .E826 A6 2019

Shadow and Act

PS 153 .N5 E4 1995

Survival Math

E 185.86 .J332 2020

This Mournable Body

PR 9390.9 .D36 T48 2018

The Cause of Freedom: A Concise History of African Americans

E 185 .H565 2021

Most Way Home

PS 3575 .O798 M67 1995

Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry

PS 591 .G33 F87 2020

The Essential Clarence Major

PS 3563 .A39 A6 2020

The Tradition

PS 3602 .R699 A6 2019

The New Testament

PS 3602 .R699 A6 2014

The Book of American Negro Poetry

Online Resource - Overdrive Electronic Book

Harlem Shuffle

PS 3573 .H4768 H37 2021

All That She Carried

E 445 .S7 M55 2021

I Am Not Your Negro

E 185.61 .B196 2017

Black Catholic History - On July 24, 1990, the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus of the United States designated November as Black Catholic History Month to celebrate the long history and proud heritage of Black Catholics.

The History of Black Catholics in the United States

BX 1407 .N4 D38 1995

To Stand on the Rock

BX 1407 .B63 B76|Z2011

Subversive Habits: Black Catholic Nuns in the Long African American Freedom Struggle

BX 1407 .B63 W55 2022

African Saints, African Stories: 40 Holy Men and Women

BR 1700.3 .B76 2008

From Slave to Priest: A Biography of the Reverend Augustine Tolton (1854-1897),

First Black American Priest of the United States

BX 4705 .T6813 H4 2006

Black Saints in Early Modern Global Catholicism

BX 4655.3 .R69 2019

Uncommon Faithfulness: The Black Catholic Experience

BX 1407 .N4 U53 2009

The Subversive Power of Love: The Vision of Henriette Delille

BX 4496.7 .Z8 C67 2009

A Saint in the Slave Trade: Peter Claver, 1581-1654

BX 4700 .C65 L8 1947

Authentically Black and Truly Catholic: The Rise of Black Catholicism in the Great Migration

BX 1407 .C74 2017

"Stamped with the Image of God": African Americans as God's Image in Black

BX 1407 .N4 S73 2003

Black and Catholic: The Challenge and Gift of Black Folk; Contributions of African American Experience and Thought to Catholic Theology

BX 1407 .N4 B56 1997

To Stand on the Rock

BX 1407 .B63 B76|Z2011

Juneteenth - On June 19, 1865, word reached over 250,000 enslaved black people in Texas that the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed by Abraham Lincoln more than two and half years earlier and that they were granted freedom.

The Long Emancipation

E 441 .B48 2018

On Juneteenth

E 185.93 .T4 G67 2021

To Raise Up a Nation

E 540 .N3 K56 2013

Eighty-Eight Years: The Long Death of Slavery in the United States, 1777-1865

E 441 .R28 2015

Freedom Narratives of African American Women

Online Access - Overdrive

The Hill We Climb - Amanda Gorman

Suggested Videos, Online Resources, and Readings

African American Museum - Dallas

History of the AAM

In 1974, the Dallas African American Museum was founded on the campus of Bishop College. The original name of the Museum was the "Southwest Research Center and Museum of African-American Life and Culture." After its founding, the Museum developed and sponsored programs and activities that highlighted its mission. It sponsored African and African-American art exhibitions, a lecture series named in honor of Bishop College's first African-American president Joseph J. Rhoads, and a biennial Texas women's conference that was eventually named for Dallas journalist and local historian Dickie Foster.

In 2019, the African American Museum celebrated its 45th Anniversary. With widespread community support, it has become one of the most successful museums promoting and preserving African American history and culture in the United States. For example, in 2019-2020, the Museum sponsored two widely acclaimed exhibitions: "The Paradox of Liberty: Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello" and "The Kinsey African American Art and History Collection." These two exhibitions attracted over 75,000 visitors to the Museum and highlighted the success of the Museum in attracting a diverse audience from the local community as well as people visiting Dallas from elsewhere.

The African American Museum continues to collect the personal papers of people in the local community and artifacts that highlight the African and African-American experience. Currently, the Museum holds fifty-eight archival collections and over 200 artifacts,

African American Museum

3536 Grand Avenue, Dallas, TX