Black History Month Exhibit

Feb. 2, 2005

Black History Month celebrates African-Americans who have made significant contributions and how they impacted society. Dr. Carter G. Woodson created this celebration by encouraging teachers to exhibit pictures and books about notable African-American figures in history. These pictures and artifacts are reminders of the important contributions these citizens have made.

The Baylor Libraries have arranged a Black History Month exhibit highlighting African-Americans who have appeared on U.S. postal stamps. It will be displayed throughout February in the Moody-Jones corridor. An important artifact in American history, the stamps honor legendary figures from the founding fathers torenown jazz greats. Library staff members, Ethel Walton (Reference) and Lesley Wilson (Bibliographic Access), decided on the stamp theme and showcased the book, African-Americans on Stamps, by Mack Bernard Morant.

Large, colorful posters in the display feature Harriet Tubman, Madam C.J. Walker, and George Washington Carver (the first African-American ever placed on a stamp). Famous activists such as Malcolm X and musicians like Scott Joplin are featured in the exhibit. Also included is a quote by Billie Holiday, 'I'm always making a comeback but nobody ever tells me where I've been.' Walton and Wilson have placed these books, drawings and photographs on display to highlight the many contributions of African-American pioneers and to honor them on their accomplishments.

To commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, a display in the Jones library foyer features the civil rights leader's most famous speech along with pictures and books on the civil rights movement. This display will remain throughout Black History Month. - Katie Dunlap, Library Advancement