Celebrating Black History Month

February is Black History Month, which means we get to celebrate the contributions of Black people from not only here at Indiana University, but also around the world.

The Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center here at Indiana University has chosen the theme “For the Culture” as a means of celebrating and honoring the “culture, beauty, creativity, intellect, and resilience of Black people everywhere.” Celebrate black power this month by reading books that highlight the achievements of Black Hoosiers and non-Hoosiers alike. Make sure also to check out the events that the NMBCC is hosting this month!

Just a few of our books and journals that focus on Black History are highlighted below.


Race and Football in America: The Life and Legacy of George Taliaferro

By Dawn Knight

After earning Indiana University a Big Ten championship, George Taliaferro went on to become the first black player drafted by the NFL as a quarterback. While facing segregation and discrimination on a daily basis, Taliaferro used his popularity as an athlete as a platform to advocate against oppression and to fight for equal rights. 


From Cotton Fields to University Leadership: All Eyes on Charlie, a Memoir

By Charlie Nelms

Charlie Nelms grew up in the Deep South in the 1950s and 1960s with big dreams and decided to use education as his weapon of choice for fighting back against racism and white plantation owners. With hard work and persistence, he was able to rise up and become the youngest and first African American chancellor of an Indiana University campus. 

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David Baker: A Legacy in Music

By Monika Herzig, foreword by Quincy Jones

The founder of Indiana University’s renowned jazz studies program, David Baker is a jazz legend. Featuring interviews and unreleased recordings and compositions, this book explores Baker’s 60-year career and legacy.


Black Lives Matter and Music: Protest, Intervention, Reflection

Foreword by Portia K. Maultsby, edited by Fernando Orejuela and Stephanie Shonekan

The role of music in the Black Lives Movement is not surprising — it provides anthems and encouragement. African American musical genres flourish in communities and contribute to public awareness of the social, economic, political, scientific, and other forms of injustices in our society. Each chapter in this collection of studies focuses on a specific case study and encourages dialogues among scholars, students, and the communities studied to examine the power behind music and activism. 


Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men

Edited by Judson L. Jeffries

This journal is a multidisciplinary research journal that focuses on aspects of the Black male experience, including topics such as gender, race/ethnicity, and masculinities. Spectrum examines the factors contributing to this experience by using literary criticisms, empirical methods, theoretical perspectives, and theoretical analysis.