Black History Month 2022

Black History Month


This month, we celebrate “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. Jualynne Dodson

Dr. Jualynne Dodson, an MSU Sociology professor, is an award-winning scholar who has dedicated her career to studying the religion and culture of African descendant peoples in the Americas.

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Diversity Torch

Diversity Torch
Jen Fry

Jen Fry is a social-justice educator and Ph.D. student in the MSU Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences. Her research focuses on sports geography, centering the racial experiences of professional Black volleyball players in Europe.

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Diversity Spotlight

Diversity Spotlight
Faron Paramore

Faron Paramore. a graduate of the MSU School of Criminal Justice, is the 22nd Deputy Director of the United States Secret Service. Paramore oversees the agency's daily investigative and protective operations. He is trusted and respected for his integrity and ethics.

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Additional Resources

  • Books - General Public
    • Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

    • Just Pursuit by Laura Coates

    • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    • Killing Rage: Ending Racism by bell hooks

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

    • Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel

    • Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King

    • Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

    • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

    • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

    • Me & White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

    • The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

    • Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson

    • Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

    • Caste: The Origins of our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson

    • My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem

    • I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

    • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

    • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad

    • How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

  • Podcasts - General Public
    • Code Switch (Shereen Marisol Meraji & Gene Demby, hosts)

    • Diversity: Beyond the Checkbox (Donald Thompson, host)

    • Diversity in Tech (Joanna Udo, host)

    • In Black America (John L. Hanson Jr., host)

  • Other resources - General Public
    • SoarWorks DEI Resources—Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    • We Are Lit—a Black-owned, multicultural bookshop in Grand Rapids, MI

    • Socialight Society—the first Black woman-owned bookstore and microshop in the Greater Lansing area (Read more here)

  • Books - Academic
    • Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy by Dr. April Baker-Bell

    • Race Matters by Dr. Cornel West

    • Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

    • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing by Dr. Joy DeGruy

    • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

    • Women, Race, & Class by Dr. Angela Y. Davis

    • Privilege, Power & Difference (3rd ed) by Johnson, A. G.

    • Readings for Diversity and Social Justice (3rd) by Blumenfled, W. J., Castaneda, C., Hackman, H. W., Peters, M. L., & Zuniga, X.

    • The Praeger Handbook of Social Justice and Psychology (Vol. 1-3­) by C. V. Johnson & H. L. Friedman

    • White Privilege: Essential readings on the other side of racism (5th Ed) by Rothenberg, P. S

    • Black Residential Segregation in the City and Suburbs of Detroit: Does Socioeconomic Status Matter? By Joe Darden and Sameh Kamel

    • Choosing Neighbors and Neighborhoods: The Role of Race in Housing Preference by Joe Darden, Richard Hill, June Thomas, and Richard Thomas

    • Black Faculty in Predominantly White U.S. Institutions of Higher Education:  The Influence of Black Student Enrollment by Joe Darden, Sameh Kamal and Andrew Jacobs

  • Articles - Academic
    • Crenshaw, K. (1989). Demarginalizing the intersection of race and sex: A Black feminist critique of antidiscrimination doctrine, feminist theory and antiracist policies. University of Chicago Legal Forum(1), 139-167.

    • Crenshaw, K. (1991). Mapping the margins: Intersectionality, identity politics, and violence against women of color. Stanford Law Review, 43(6), 1241-1300.

    • Mitchell, U. A., Nishida, A., Fletcher, F. E., & Molina, Y. (2021). The long arm of oppression: How structural stigma against marginalized communities perpetuates within-group health disparities. Health Education & Behavior, 48(3), 342-351.

    • The 1619 Project: A Brief History of Slavery That You Didn’t Learn in School, by Mary Elliott and Jazmine Hughes

    • The 1619 Project: What the Reactionary Politics of 2019 Owe to the Politics of Slavery, by Jamelle Bouie.

    • The 1619 Project: America holds onto an undemocratic assumption from its founding: That some people deserve more power than others, by Jamelle Bouie

  • Other Resources - Academic