Black History Month

Black History Month

Photo: Thomas C. Allen and Herman Banning completed the first transcontinental flight by black airmen in 1932. Photo Courtesy: Phil Hart/National Air & Space Museum (83-98).

This month, we celebrate the “Black History Month.” Black History Month pays honor to the millions of African Americans who have worked to achieve full citizenship in American society.


Diversity Champion

Diversity Champion
Dr. Joseph Darden

Joseph Darden is a professor in the Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences at MSU. Dr. Darden has dedicated his career to studying residential segregation, immigration, and socioeconomic neighborhood inequality in multi-racial societies.

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Diversity Torch

Diversity Torch
Wisdom Henry

Wisdom Henry is a fourth-year MSU undergraduate student majoring in Urban Planning and Pre-Law who researches the racial gerrymandering of electoral districts.

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Diversity Spotlight

Diversity Spotlight
Dr. Philip S. Hart

Dr. Philip S. Hart is a MSU Social Science Alumnus, businessman, filmmaker, author, lifetime public servant and educator. His book Flying Free: America’s First Black Aviators inspired the History Channel production of the same name.

Learn More is a robust, open-source website that allows users to explore databases with information on over a million people who were subject to enslavement. From archival fragments and spreadsheet entries, the website offers a view of the lives of enslaved individuals.

February 25th Event

On Thursday February 25th the College of Social Science hosted a webinar for members of the Michigan State University community and beyond to learn more about the globally-recognized Peoples of the Historic Slave Trade project.



Celebrating Black Geographers

Social Science Alum Spearheads Publication of Black Geographers Anthology Online Database

The College of Social Science at Michigan State University applauds recent Geography alumnus and current Postdoc at Harvard Medical School Dr. Demetrice "Dee" Jordan in partnership with the American Geographical Society on the publication of a significant resource highlighting Black Geographers inspired in part by the work of MSU Professor Dr. Joe Darden.

To learn more, please visit the Celebrating Black Geographers Anthology.


Additional Resources

  • Documentaries
    • Eyes on the Prize Documentary – Available on youtube (about the African American Civil Rights Movemen)

    • Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart – Available on PBS (about Lorraine Hansberry-writer/activist)

    • Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

    • Black Is…Black Ain’t

    • My Name is Pauli Murray (just released)

  • Organizations
    • – Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Carter G. Woodson, founder of ASALH, founded Negro History Week, the precursor to Black History Month

  • DH Projects
  • Books: General
    • Four Hundred Souls by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain (just released).

    • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

    • Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All by Martha S. Jones

    • A Black Women’s History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross

    • Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought by Beverly Guy-Sheftall

    • How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    • Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination by Robin D.G. Kelley

    • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave by Frederick Douglass

    • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

    • The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

    • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

    • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

    • Selected Poems of Langston Hughes

    • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

    • Beloved by Toni Morrison

    • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

  • Books: Scholarly
    • When Sunday Comes: Gospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras by Claudrena Harold

    • Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology by Deidre Cooper Owens

    • Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century by Tera W. Hunter

    • They Left Great Marks Upon Me: African American Testimonies of Racial Violence from Emancipation to World War I by Kidada E. Williams

    • Black Reconstruction in America by W.E.B. Du Bois

    • Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition by Cedric J. Robinson

    • Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton

    • Closer to Freedom: Enslaved Women and Everyday Resistance in the Plantation South by Stephanie M. H. Camp

    • Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage by Sowande’ Mustakeem

    • From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans by John Hope Franklin

    • The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South by John W. Blassingame
  • Articles/Publications
    • Moody, H. Darden, J.T. & Pigozzi, B. The Racial Gap in Childhood Blood Lead Levels Related to Socioeconomic Position of Residence in Metropolitan Detroit Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2 (2) 2016 200- 218

    • Moody, H. Darden, J. & Pigozzi, B. The Relationship of Neighborhood Socioeconomic Differences and Racial Residential Segregation to Childhood Blood Lead Levels in Metropolitan Detroit Journal of Urban Health, 93 (5) 2016 820-839

    • Vojnovic, I. & Darden, J. “Class/Racial Conflict, Intolerance, and Distortions in Urban Form: Lessons for Sustainability from the Detroit Region” Ecological Economics 96, 2013: 88-98.

    • Grady, S. & Darden, J. “Spatial Methods to Study Local Racial Residential Segregation and Infant Health in Detroit, Michigan” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 2012 Special Issue Volume 102 (5) 2012: 922-931

    • Darden, J. Rahbar, Mohammad, Jezierski, Louise, Li, Min and Velie, Ellen “The Measurement of Neighborhood Socioeconomic Characteristics and Black and White Residential Segregation in Metropolitan Detroit: Implications for the Study of Social Disparities in Health “Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 100 (1) 2010: 137 – 158.

    • Darden, J. "Population Control or a Redistribution of Wealth:  A Dilemma of Class and Race," Antipode:  A Radical Journal of Geography, Vol. 7 (September 1975), pp. 50 52.

    • Philip Hart, James E. Blackwell and Robert H. Sharpley, MD, Health Needs of Urban Blacks, Solomon Fuller Institute, Cambridge, MA, 1978 (Funded by NIH); Surveying Alienation among Metropolitan Blacks, American Statistical Association Proceedings, 1979

    • Philip Hart and James E. Blackwell “Cities, Suburbs and Blacks: A Study of Concerns, Distrust and Alienation Cities, Suburbs and Blacks: A Study of Concerns, Distrust and Alienation General Hall,” Bayside, NY, 1982

    • Philip Hart, “Telling the Story of Early Black Aviators,” UMass Boston Trotter Review, 1987;

    • Philip Hart, “The Competitive Advantage of the Inner City: Does Race Matter?” UMass Boston Trotter Review, 1995;

  • Podcasts
  • Children’s Books
    • Little Leaders: Black Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

    • Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison and Kwesi Johnson

    • Flying Free: America’s First Black Aviators, A 1992 Notable Children’s Trade Book in Social Studies, Lerner Publishing Group, Minneapolis, MN, 1992;