Black History Month 2024

The original Advancing Geography Through Diversity committee members (L-R): Ashton Shortridge, Dee Jordan, Alan Arbogast, Sharon Ruggles, and Joe Darden.


This month, we celebrate “Black History Month,” which pays tribute to generations of African-Americans and the triumphs and adversities they have faced throughout history.


Diversity Champion

Diversity Champion
Dr. Lee June

Dr. Lee June, an MSU Psychology professor, has been involved in advocacy for racial justice his entire life, inspiring students to be ‘justice fighters' in their own right. He is an award-winning author, has taught in the Honors College and the African Studies program and has served in a variety of advisory positions for university multicultural and diversity issues.

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Diversity Torch

Diversity Torch
Advancing Geography through Diversity Program

The Advancing Geography through Diversity Program is a nationally recognized graduate student recruiting program which seeks to support and engage Masters and PhD students from underrepresented groups. The program began in 2017 and has made many strides in the development of diversity in the field of geography.

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Diversity Spotlight

Diversity Spotlight
Dr. Patricia M. Carey

Dr. Patricia M. Carey graduated from MSU with a degree in Psychology and most recently served as Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Associate Vice Provost for Diversity Programs at New York University. She is a constant advocate for Black women in higher education and the pursuit of racial justice for all individuals.

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Additional Resources

  • Books - General Public
    • Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, The New Press, 2020. 

    • Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Bantam Books, 1971.

    • Baldwin, James. Go Tell It On the Mountain, Vintage, 2013.

    • Berry, Daina Ramey & Gross, Kali Nicole. A Black Women’s History of the United States, Beacon Press, 2021.

    • Brown, Channing Austin. I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, Convergent Books, 2018.

    • Coates, Laura. Just Pursuit: A Black Prosecutor’s Fight for Fairness, Simon & Schuster, 2022.

    • Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me, The Text Publishing Company, 2015.

    • Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave: Written by Himself, Yale University Press, 2016.

    • Dyson, Michael Eric. Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, St. Martin’s Griffin, 2021.

    • Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man, Vintage Books, 1995.

    • Guy-Sheftall, Beverly. Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist, The New Press, 1995.

    • hooks, bell. Killing Rage: Ending Racism, Holt McDougal, 1996.

    • Hughes, Langston. Selected Poems of Langston Hughes: A Classic Collection of Poems by a Master of American Verse, Vintage, 1990.

    • Jacobs, Harriet. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Dover Publications, 2001.

    • Jones, Martha S. Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All, Basic Books, 2020.

    • Kelley, Robin D.G. Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination, Beacon Press, 2022.

    • Kendi, Ibram. How to Be an Antiracist, One World, 2023.

    • Kendi, Ibram. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, Bold Type Books, 2017.

    • Kendi, Ibram & Blain, Keisha N. Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019, One World, 2022.

    • King, Jr., Martin Luther. Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? Beacon Press, 2010.

    • Kivel, Paul. Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice, New Society Publishers, 1995.

    • Lorde, Audre. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, Crossing Press, 2007.

    • Menakem, Resmaa. My Grandmother’s Hands, Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, Central Recovery Press, 2017.

    • Mock, Janet. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, Atria Books, 2014.

    • Morrison, Toni. Beloved, Vintage, 2004.

    • Oluo, Ijeoma. So You Want to Talk About Race, Seal Press, 2019.

    • Saad, Layla F. Me & White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, Sourcebooks, 2020.

    • Rothstein, Richard. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, Norton, 2018.

    • Taylor, by Keeanga-Yamahtta. How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, Haymarket Books, 2017.

    • Wilkerson, Isabel. Warmth of Other Suns, Vintage, 2010.

    • Wilkerson, Isabel. Caste: The Origins of our Discontent, Random House, 2020.

    • X, Malcom & Haley, Alex. The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Ishi Press, 2015.

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

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

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

  • Books - Academic
    • Baker-Bell, April. Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy, Routledge, 2020.

    • Blassingame, J. W. The slave community: Plantation life in the antebellum South, Oxford University Press, 1979.

    • Blumenfled, W. J., Castaneda, C., Hackman, H. W., Peters, M. L., & Zuniga, X. Readings for Diversity and Social Justice (3rd), Routledge, 2013.

    • Camp, S. M. Closer to freedom: Enslaved women and everyday resistance in the plantation south. Univ of North Carolina Press, 2005.

    • Darden, Joe T. Divided neighborhoods: Changing patterns of racial segregation, Sage Publications,1987.

    • Darden, Joe T., Sameh M. Kamel, and Andrew J. Jacobs. Black faculty in predominantly White US institutions of higher education: The influence of Black student enrollment, Equity & Excellence in Education, 1998.

    • Davis, Angela. Women, Race, & Class, Vintage, 1983.

    • DeGruy, Joy. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, Joy DeGruy Publications Inc, 2005.

    • Du Bois, W. E. B. Black reconstruction in America, 1860-1880, Scribner, 1762.

    • Franklin, J. H., & Moss Jr, A. From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans (9th Edition), McGraw-Hill, 2010.

    • Harold, Claudrena N. When Sunday Comes: Gospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras. University of Illinois Press, 2020.

    • Hunter, Tera W. Bound in wedlock: Slave and free black marriage in the nineteenth century. Harvard University Press, 2017.

    • Johnson, Allan G. Privilege, Power & Difference (3rd ed), McGraw Hill, 2017.

    • Johnson, C. V. & Friedman, H. L. The Praeger Handbook of Social Justice and Psychology (Vol. 1-3­), Praeger, 2014.

    • June, Lee & Parker, Matthew. The Black family: Past Present, and Future, Zondervan, 2020.

    • June, Lee & Parker, Matthew. Men to Men, Zondervan, 1996.

    • June, Lee & Parker, Matthew. Evangelism and Discipleship in African American Churches, Zondervan, 1999.

    • June, Lee; Black, Sabrina & Richardson, Willie. Counseling for Seemingly Impossible Problems: A Biblical Perspective, Zondervan, 2007.

    • June, Lee. Yet With a Steady Beat: The Black Church Through a Psychological and Biblical Lens, Lift Every Voice, 2008.

    • June, Lee & Mathis Jr., Christopher. African American Church Leadership: Principles of Effective Ministry and Community Leadership, Kregel Academic & Professional, 2013.

    • Mustakeem, S. M. Slavery at sea: Terror, sex, and sickness in the Middle Passage. University of Illinois Press, 2016.

    • Owens, Deirdre Cooper. Medical bondage: Race, gender, and the origins of American gynecology. University of Georgia Press, 2017.

    • Robinson, Cedric. Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition, Penguin Classics, 2021.

    • Rothenberg, P. S. White Privilege: Essential readings on the other side of racism (5th Ed), Worth Publishers, 2015.

    • Snorton, C. R. Black on both sides: A racial history of trans identity. U of Minnesota Press, 2017.

    • West, Cornel. Race Matters, Beacon, 1993.

    • Williams, Kidada E. They Left Great Marks on Me. New York University Press, 2012.

  • Articles – Academic and Non-Academic
    • Bouie, Jamelle. “The 1619 Project: What the Reactionary Politics of 2019 Owe to the Politics of Slavery” (2019), New York Times Magazine.

    • Bouie, Jamelle. “The 1619 Project: America holds onto an undemocratic assumption from its founding: That some people deserve more power than others” (2019), New York Times Magazine.

    • Crenshaw, Kimberle "Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics" University of Chicago Legal Forum: Vol. 1989: Iss. 1, Article 8.

    • Crenshaw, Kimberle. “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color.” Stanford Law Review, vol. 43, no. 6, 1991, pp. 1241–99.

    • 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.

    • Darden, Joe & Kame, Sameh Black. “Residential Segregation in the City and Suburbs of Detroit: Does Socioeconomic Status Matter?”, Journal of Urban Affairs, 2016.

    • Elliot, Mary & Hughes, Jazmine. “The 1619 Project: A Brief History of Slavery That You Didn’t Learn in School” (2019), New York Times Magazine.

    • 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.

    • Mitchell, Uchechi A et al. “The Long Arm of Oppression: How Structural Stigma Against Marginalized Communities Perpetuates Within-Group Health Disparities.” Health education & behavior: the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education 48,3 (2021): 342-351. doi:10.1177/10901981211011927

    • 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, (2016), 2(2), 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, 2016, 93(5),820-839.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • Other Resources - Academic
  • Documentaries
    • Black Is…Black Ain’t

    • Eyes on the Prize Documentary – Available on YouTube (about the African American Civil Rights Movement)

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

    • My Name is Pauli Murray

    • Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

  • Children’s Books
    • Harrison, Vashti. Little Leaders: Black Women in Black History, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2017.

    • Harrison, Vashti & Johnson, Kwesi. Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2019.