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/

Library Involved in Eugene Debs Foundation 56th Annual Banquet and Award

Eugene Debs Foundation 56th Annual Banquet and Award and other activities for this nationally-recognized event on Saturday, October 15, 2022.

The award was presented to the A. Philip Randolph Institute [APRI].

Information on the event is followed by a list of pertinent ISU Library materials.

Schedule for the Day

  • 10:00 am – 12 noon: Walking Tour Labor History Tour of Terre Haute
  • 12 noon: Debs Graveside Ceremony
  • 12 noon – 4pm: Cunningham Memorial Library’s Special Collections open: displays of Debs materials from the Debs Collection; host: Dennis Vetrovec of Special Collections
Dennis Vetrovec, ISU Special Collections, shows off some of the Library’s Debs Collection materials displayed for the occasion in the Cordell Dictionary Room

Debs Collection: https://library.indstate.edu/rbsc/debs/debs-idx.html

  • 2pm – 4pm: APRI Film Screening: “50,000 Black Men Called George” – how Randolph and others worked to organize the porters of the Pullman Rail Company, an effort started in the 1920s and ending



In the Debs collection is a letter from Randolph to Debs in 1926, just a few months before Debs’ death.




Following the film, Clayola Brown, current president of the APRI and a past recipient of the Debs Award, made remarks and answered questions.

  • 6:00 p.m.: Social Hour and Reception at the Glass Pavilion at Hulman Center
  • 7:00 p.m.: Banquet; Award: A. Philip Randolph Institute. Presented to Clayola Brown, current President of APRI, based in Washington D.C. Several members of the library attended.


Historical note:  A. Philip Randolph, one of the foremost spokespersons for black labor,  received the 3rd Debs Award in 1967, just a few years after he organized the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom with Bayard Rustin, and two years after these men founded the Institute. Clayola Brown received the 2012 award. Randolph (1889-1979) was a black labor leader and the father of the modern American civil rights movement.

APRI, the senior constituency group of the AFL-CIO: http://www.apri.org/ 125 Chapters, over 35 States {includes Nationwide Youth Chapters; Bayard Rustin LGBTQ Chapters)

Labor Activist Clayola Brown: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clayola_Brown; https://www.thehistorymakers.org/biography/clayola-brown-41 https://aflcio.org/press/releases/longtime-labor-activist-named-afl-cio-civil-rights-director




Reframing Randolph : labor, black freedom, and the legacies of A. Philip Randolph / edited by Andrew E. Kersten and Clarence Lang. 2015.

Contents: A reintroduction to Asa Philip Randolph / Andrew E. Kersten and Clarence Lang — Researching Randolph: Shifting historiographic perspectives / Joe William Trotter, Jr. — A. Philip Randolph: emerging socialist radical / Eric Arnesen — Keeping his faith: A. Philip Randolph’s working-class religion / Cynthia Taylor — Brotherhood men and singing Slackers: A. Philip Randolph’s rhetoric of music and manhood / Robert Hawkins — “The spirit and strategy of the United Front”: Randolph and the National Negro Congress, 1936-1940 / Erik S. Gellman — Organizing gender: A. Philip Randolph and women activists / Melinda Chateauvert — Beyond A. Philip Randolph: Grassroots protest and the March on Washington Movement / David Lucander — The “Void at the Center of the Story”: The Negro American Labor Council and the long civil rights movement / William P. Jones — No exit: A. Philip Randolph and the Ocean Hill-Brownsville Crisis / Jerald Podair.

Winning the war for democracy: the March on Washington Movement, 1941-1946 / David Lucander.

For jobs and freedom: selected speeches and writings of A. Philip Randolph / edited by Andrew E. Kersten and David Lucander.

Philip Randolph and the struggle for civil rights / Cornelius L. Bynum.

Philip Randolph: the religious journey of an African American labor leader / Cynthia Taylor.


Keeping the faith : A. Philip Randolph, Milton P. Webster, and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, 1925-37 : with a new preface / William H. Harris. HD6515.R36 H37 1991

Philip Randolph, pioneer of the civil rights movement / Paula F. Pfeffer. E185.97 .R27

When Negroes march; the March on Washington Movement in the organizational politics for FEPC. 1959. E185.61 .G23

Hand in hand : ten Black men who changed America  by Andrea Davis Pinkney ; paintings by Brian Pinkney. ISU Children’s Materials 973.0496 Pink

Philip Randolph : integration in the workplace by Sarah Wright ; with an introduction by Andrew Young. ISU Children’s Materials B Rand

Philip Randolph / Sally Hanley. ISU Children’s Materials B Rand

Forward march to freedom : a biography of A. Philip Randolph  by Barbara Kaye Greenleaf ; illustrated by Charles Waterhouse. ISU Children’s Materials B Rand


Portrait in black: A. Philip Randolph produced by Bill Buckley and Tracy Sugarman. 11 minutes. from Black Studies in Video series

Philip Randolph : for jobs & freedom / California Newsreel ; produced by Dante J. James ; written by Juan Williams, Dante J. James. Online video; Alexander Street. 87 minutes

Philip Randolph : introducing Martin Luther King at Lincoln Memorial (incomplete) produced by Educational Video Group.. 3 minutes

Philip Randolph : For Jobs and Freedom / California Newsreel. 1996. Contents: A. Phillip Randolph (2:00); Randolph’s Early Life (4:54); Randolph in Harlem (6:44); Randolph During World War I (3:50); Randolph After the War (3:46); Pullman Porters (5:14); Randolph and the Porters (6:32); The Labor Movement (3:37); Randolph During the Depression (6:01); Randolph and FDR (6:53); Randolph and Wartime Jobs (3:02); Randolph and an Integrated Military (5:51); Randolph and the AFL-CIO (6:21); Civil Rights Movement (6:09); Planning the March on Washington (4:35); The March on Washington (8:24)


Pullman porters and the rise of protest politics in Black America, 1925-1945 / Beth Tompkins Bates. HD8039.R362 U63 2001 and ebook

The Defender : how the legendary Black newspaper changed America : from the age of the Pullman porters to the age of Obama / Ethan Michaeli. PN4899.C395 D55 2016

I, too, am America / Langston Hughes ; illustrated by Bryan Collier. Reprinted from: The collected poems of Langston Hughes. Copyright 1994 by The Estate of Langston Hughes ?? NO CALL NUMBER

Marching together : women of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters / Melinda Chateauvert.    HD 6515 .R362 B763 1998

Those Pullman blues : an oral history of the African American railroad attendant / David D. Perata. HD 8039 .R36 P47 1996

A long hard journey : the story of the pullman porter / by Patricia and Frederick McKissack. ISU Children’s Materials  331.88 McKi

Miles of smiles, years of struggle : the untold story of the Black Pullman porter / Columbia Historical Society in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Folklore Programs ; produced and directed by Jack Santino and Paul Wagner. e-video 60 minutes.

The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, its origin and development, by Brailsford R. Brazeal. Foreword by Leo Wolman. 1946. HD6515 .R36B83

No crystal stair : Black life and the Messenger, 1917-1928 / Theodore Kornweibel, Jr. 1975. E185.5 .M582 K67

October 19: Ukraine expert Dr. Barbara Skinner presents: Is Ukraine a Nation? Identity, Nationalism, Imperialism, and the War in Ukraine

The Department of Multidisciplinary Studies, Department of History, and Cunningham Memorial Library invite everyone to attend this important event.

Wednesday, October 19, 1pm

Library Events Area [1st floor]

Presentation: Is Ukraine a Nation?

Dr. Skinner’s expertise in Russia and Ukraine extends through her degrees:

  • Ph.D. – Russian and East European History, Georgetown University – 2001
  • M.A. – Russian Area Studies, Georgetown University – 1993
  • B.A. – Russian and East European Studies, Yale University – 1985

Her publications include:

Skinner, B. (2005). Borderlands of Faith: Reconsidering the Origins of a Ukrainian Tragedy. Slavic Review64(1), 88–116. https://doi.org/10.2307/3650068

Skinner, B. (2009). The Western front of the Eastern church: Uniate and Orthodox conflict in 18th-century Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia. Northern Illinois Univ. Press.