This guide highlights websites, books, journals, and other scholarly sources useful to students and scholars of Africana Studies -- otherwise known as the study of the history, culture, contributions, and experiences of people of African descent in the United States and abroad.
Liberation is a constant struggle and Black history is a 365, 24/7. It is increasingly necessary to uplift the communities, scholars, and educators who are doing the work to amplify Black histories and counternarratives. The 2023 Black History Month theme, selected by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (founded by Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History Month) is Black Resistance. In solidarity with ASALAH, the UConn Library will present Disorder in the Night: Narratives of Black Resistance, 1723-2023, an exhibit curated by Stephanie Birch. Disorder of the Night is a celebration and contemplation of the Black radical tradition, inviting audiences to reflect on and reconsider what it means to resist.
Disorder in the Night: Narratives of Black Resistance, 1723-2023
February 1 - February 28
On view in Babbidge Library and UConn Regional Campus Libraries
Film Screening: Rosewood
Directed by John Singleton, this blockbuster film tells a dramatized version of the 1923 Rosewood massacre and captures the spirit of resilience and resistance of Black people under the oppressive conditions of Jim Crow.
Homer Babbidge Library, 1947 Classroom and virtual | February 21, 6pm
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Rosewood Discussion with Lizzie Robinson Jenkins
Join us for a discussion of the film, Rosewood, and a moderated Q&A with Lizzie Robinson Jenkins, founder and president of the Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc. and living Rosewood descendent. Learn about the courageous resistance of the people of Rosewood and the personal journey of Mrs. Jenkins to historicize the truth of what occurred.
Online | February 22, 6pm
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Keynote Lecture by Dr. Rik Stevenson
Dr. Stevenson is a Professor of African American Studies from the University of Florida. His research explores focuses on Black resistance in the Middle Passage, connecting West African cosmologies and spiritual systems to revolutionary acts of resistance.
Co-hosted by the H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center
UConn Student Union theatre & ballroom | February 27, 6pm
Registration not required
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Interlibrary Loan services through the UConn Libraries allows you get request circulating materials from any UConn library, borrow books from non-UConn libraries, and request PDFs for book chapters and articles through our "Scan on Demand" service.
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