Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Celebrate Black History Month

"The vast tapestry of African and African-American history forms an intricate design, weaving together good and evil, freedom and slavery, justice and repression.  It is a history that has touched that of almost every major civilization since the begining of recorded time."

Thus begins the introduction to The Encyclopedia of African American Heritage.  This book is fun to just skim, reading about Lalibela, the Ethiopian King, York (1770-c.1832) who was a member of the Lewis & Clark expedition, or the inventor, Elijah McCoy.  Have you ever wondered about the phrase, "The real McCoy"?  It came from Elijah McCoy.

The best part of this book is that it is available online through NetLibrary. You can look it up through the UNT Dallas catalog or in NetLibrary through the electronic resources.  NetLibrary has a search field that will search the book for specific individuals or other key words.  Do you want to find an inventor or a scientist? or maybe who invented the gas mask?  Use a key word search to search the entire book.

Celebrate Black History Month by learning more about the men and women who made a difference.

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