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Thomas Cooper Library Celebrates Black History Month

Welcome to the 2013 Black History LibGuide! The University of South Carolina has a plethora of  resources for Black History available in various formats from  books to digital collections.


Test Your Knowledge

Who was known for being a singer as well as a civil rights activist?


Library Display

Come to the Thomas Cooper Library and have a look at the dislpay cases on the Main level of the library. The displays will showcase different student organizations and information on Black History of the United States, South Carolina, and the University of South Carolina.

Thomas Cooper Library

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Black History Month 2013

Greetings and welcome to 2013 LibGuide for Black History Month by Caroline Sanders. Every year the Cooper -Davis Fellow creates a LibGuide that highlights the resources that the University of South Carolina Libraries in Columbia offer in support of Black History Month.  The LibGuide for African-American History Month 2012 was made by Clanitra Stewart, the 2011-2012 Cooper -Davis Fellow.

Black History Month: The Beginning

When African American historian Carter G. Woodson first conceived of the idea of a Negro History Week (which would later become Black History Month), he envisioned a celebration of black history and achievement as well as an educational medium. He organized the first annual celebration in 1926. It was held during the second week in February in honor of the birthdays of African American scholar Frederick Douglass and former United States president Abraham Lincoln. The event grew in popularity, promoted by schools, white as well as black press, and women's clubs. In the early 1970s, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History expanded the February celebration, renaming it Black History Month . . . continued in Oxford African American Studies Center

A Moment of Firsts

People who leave their mark on the world are seldom forgotten. Below are four people who have made their mark in the world and are destined to make many more. All of the information below was found using Biography in Context.

Major Shawna Kimbrell   Ursula Burns Eric  Holder, Jr.                 Geoffrey Fletcher


  • Major Shawna Rochelle Kimbrell
    First female combat pilot in the United States Air Force - Major Shawna Rochelle Kimbrell
  • Ursula Burns
    First African-American woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company: Ursula Burns, Xerox Corporation.
  • Eric Holder, Jr.
    First African-American United States Attorney General.
  • Geoffrey S. Fletcher
    First African American to win an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (Precious based on the novel Push by Sapphire).

University of South Carolina

  • Office of Multicultrual Student Affairs
    In order to produce positive effects upon multicultural student retention and success, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs offers a myriad of Cultural Support Services, Diversity Education Initiatives, and Multicultural Programming. These programs, services, and initiatives focus on the development of all students at the University of South Carolina.
  • African American Studies Program at USC
    Provides undergraduate majors and minors with the interdisciplinary tools and resources to study the experiences of people of African descent and to evaluate black historical, cultural, social, economic and political developments in South Carolina, the South, the United States, and beyond.
  • Institute for African-American Research at USC
    The Institute serves as an interdisciplinary hub, actively bringing together faculty and students to engage in scholarly exchange and collaborative research which transcends traditional academic borders. It also acts as an open forum via which current projects, varying from history to law; public health to political science; business, music, anthropology and much more are showcased throughout the academic year.
  • USC's Black Faculty and Staff Association
    The Black Faculty and Staff Association serves as a resource for African-American faculty and staff at the University of South Carolina – Columbia. Members of BFSA are provided opportunities for personal and professional development, for networking, and for involvement in concerns that affect African-Americans on the USC campus.

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