In honor of Black History Month, Jessica Ugstad, collection management librarian at the Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library, has curated a book display with titles celebrating the lives of Black Americans. Books in the display include:
- "The dead are arising: the life of Malcolm X" / Les Payne and Tamara Payne (2020)
- "Freedom libraries: the untold story of libraries for African Americans in the South" / Mike Selby (2019)
- "Freedom riders: 1961 and the struggle for racial justice" / Raymond Arsenault (2006)
- "Say their names: how Black lives came to matter in America" / Curtis Bunn, Michael H. Cottman, Patrice Gaines, Nick Charles and Keith Harriston (2021)
- "We are better than this: my fight for the future of our democracy" / Elijah Cummings with James Dale (2020)
- "Rebels in law: voices in history of Black women lawyers" / J. Clay Smith, editor (2018)
The book display is located near the library entrance and lobby, with all titles available for checkout.
Ugstad is also the curator of the Antiracist and Social Justice (ASJ) Collection and co-curator of the ASJ Resources Guide, both projects created in response to the death of George Floyd and subsequent uprisings.
“The New Arrival location, where this display was placed, is another phase of these projects where we have a rotating portion of the ASJ book collection rotating in a browsable space intended to increase awareness of the collection and topics highlighted for display and to improve access to monographs by, for, and about marginalized and underrepresented people, groups, and communities,” said Ugstad. “The Black History Month display is a bit different because, where I usually have multiple displays that rotate at the beginning and middle of each month, for this celebration I chose to use every display area to highlight these incredible works and, to honor the historical and cultural significance of this month, they will not be rotated off display until after February 28.”