February 15 in the Library: African American Read In

2023 African American Read In

The African American Read In will be held Wednesday 15 February 2023 from 3-4pm ET in the Library Events Area.

This event was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.

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The Cunningham Memorial Library is proud to once again host this event at Indiana State University. Questions? Contact Ms. Edith Campbell edith.campbell@indstate.edu.

LIST OF READINGS AND READERS [subject to change]:

  • Ms. Lauren Baines:  selected poem
  • Dr. Kandace Hinton:   from The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
  • Ms. Edith Campbell:   from All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson [Library has a print copy of this title in Children’s Materials]
  • Ms. Lauren Baines: selected poem
  • Dr. Mary Howard Hamilton:   from A Promised Land by Barack Obama [Copy available in Library’s 1st floor Browsing Collection]
  • Dr. JaDora Sayles Moore:  from The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama
  • Ms. Lauren Baines:  selected poem
  • Ms. Edith Campbell:   from All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
  • Dr. Kandace Hinton:   from The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
  • Ms. Lauren Baines:  selected poem
  • Dr. JaDora Sayles Moore:  from The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama
  • Dr. Mary Howard Hamilton:  from A Promised Land by Barack Obama
  • Ms. Lauren Baines:   selected poem


BLACK HISTORY IN GOVERNMENT: Book Display in Browsing Area, 1st floor

For Black History Month ISU’s Library presents Black History in Government.

This display is meant to highlight key political figures in Black history and show the struggles in government from the past to present day. Some books on display cannot be taken out of the building/checked out but some can. Check display signage or ask at Circulation Desk.


Continuing Injustice: The Centennial of the Tulsa-Greenwood Race Massacre

In 1921, Greenwood, a thriving African American community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was looted and 35 city blocks were burned. 800 people were treated for injuries and historians believe as many as 300 Blacks were killed. 100 years later, the descendants of survivors are still facing injustice.

For more information: https://www.tulsahistory.org/exhibit/1921-tulsa-race-massacre/

Lynch: The Facts of Reconstruction:

John R. Lynch was a member of the House of Representatives and served from 1873-1877 and again in 1881-1883. Here we have his writings pertaining to the Reconstruction Era (1865-1877) of U.S. history.

For more information on John R. Lynch: https://history.house.gov/People/Detail/17259


Public Papers of the Presidents: Barack Obama

Here are the Public Papers of Barack Obama during his first year as the first African American POTUS. There remaining volumes can be found in the Government Documents Section in the Lower Level.


Thurgood Marshall: His Speeches, Writings, Arguments, Opinion and Reminiscences

Thurgood Marshall was the first African American to serve as a Supreme Court Justice from 1967-1991. This book contains many of his writings as a lawyer and a Justice.

For more information on Thurgood Marshall: https://naacp.org/find-resources/history-explained/civil-rights-leaders/thurgood-marshall


The 1619 Project:

This book illustrates how racism, stretching all the way back to 1619, is still evident even over 160 years after emancipation.

For more information on The 1619 Project: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html

The Negro in Indiana before 1900:

What was life like being Black in Indiana prior to 1900? Emma Lou Thornbrough uses historical data to illustrate that life still wasn’t easy for African Americans in an antislavery state. The various topics include involuntary servitude, population changes, Civil War years and political activity. Those are some, but not all, of the topics discussed. Note: Originally published: Indianapolis : Indiana Historical Press, 1957.


Voter Suppression and Continuing Threats to Democracy

If you think voter suppression has been eliminated in the 21st century, think again. The Committee on the Judiciary met in 2022 to discuss how voter suppression, for African Americans and other minority communities, is STILL a threat to democracy.


Booker T. Washington: The Wizard of Tuskegee 1901-1915

Here is a biography of educator and civil rights leader Booker T. Washington.

For more information on Booker T. Washington: https://www.tuskegee.edu/discover-tu/tu-presidents/booker-t-washington


The Frederick Douglas Papers (1842-1852)

Correspondence to and from Frederick Douglas. 1842 was the year he became a permanent lecturer by the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society.

For more information: https://www.loc.gov/collections/frederick-douglass-papers/about-this-collection/

“Blind Date with a Book” Inaugurates Our New Display Site

Located within the Browsing section on the Library’s 1st floor, you can now find our new display site. Close to the Feature Film DVD section, on top of the Documentaries shelves, you’ll find:


This clever way to entice you to try reading a book has been used successfully by many libraries. We draw you in with books wrapped in brown paper, with some descriptive phrases designed to make you willing to take a chance. 

All the books on display are available for check-out.

Stay tuned for additional displays.