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When Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), the "Father of Black History" established Black History Week in 1926, there were very few publications devoted to the lives of African Americans past or present. Woodson, the son of ex-slaves and the second Black man to earn a PhD at Harvard (in history), by that time had already dedicated much of his life to addressing this gaping hole in the historical record through research, writing, and working with organizations, most notably the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), which he co-founded in 1915.
More than 100 years later, Black History Week has become Black History Month (1976), and Dr. Woodson's legacy can be seen in the many publications, films, and other resources that realize the mission of the ASALH "to promote, research, preserve, interpret, and disseminate information about Black life, history, and culture to the global community." In this edition of See Also we feature a small selection -- of new books, e-resources, films, and other media -- from Fleet Library related to Black arts and artists, and, as always, we invite you to help us add to these resources by making recommendations for materials that you don't yet find in Fleet.
Margot McIlwain Nishimura
Dean of Libraries
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In celebration of Black History Month, check out some of these new book and DVD acquisitions: 
Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America / Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books / Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial / John Lewis: Good Trouble (DVD)
A few more recent additions to our circulating collection include: Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (DVD) / Black Futures / Separate Cinema: The First 100 Years of Black Poster Art / Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter. (Members of the RISD community: please use these sign-in instructions to access our collection.)
African American Arts : Activism, Aesthetics, and Futurity (ebook)
Africana : the Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience (print. 5 volumes)
Black Imagination (ebook)
Encyclopedia of African American Writing (ebook)
Encyclopedia of the Black Arts Movement (print)

Project Muse ebook collection: African American and African Diaspora Studies

Fashion and Race Database (open access): This database centers and amplifies BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) fashion scholarship, illuminates under-examined histories and addresses racism throughout the fashion system. It highlights relevant books, articles, films, images, and more.
"An Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I Am Not Your NegroJames Baldwin and Race in America, explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism."
"Marlon Riggs' essay film Tongues Untied gives voice to communities of black gay men, presenting their cultures and perspectives on the world as they confront racism, homophobia, and marginalization."
Directed Khalik Allah and "...thoroughly immersed between the sacred and profane, Black Mother channels rebellion and reverence into a deeply personal ode informed by Jamaica's turbulent history but existing in the urgent present."

Concerning Violence: Director Goran Hugo Olsson shows us "...a bold and fresh visual narrative on Africa, based on newly discovered archive material covering the struggle for liberation from colonial rule in the late '60s and '70s, accompanied by text from Frantz Fanon's "The Wretched of the Earth".
In Frantz Fanon: White Skin, Black Mask, "...director Isaac Julien integrates the facts of Fanon's brief but remarkably eventful life with his long and tortuous inner journey. Julien elegantly weaves together interviews with family members and friends, documentary footage, readings from Fanon's work and dramatizations of crucial moments in Fanon's life."
In her book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture, Ytasha L. Womack places Afrofuturism at an "intersection of imagination, technology, the future, and liberation... Both an artistic aesthetic and a framework for critical theory, Afrofuturism combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, Afrocentricity, and magic realism with non-Western beliefs. In some cases, it’s a total reenvisioning of the past and speculation about the future rife with cultural critiques" (p.9, view the eBook here).
Try the keyword "Afrofuturism" in a search of our catalog.
If you love fiction, check out powerful speculative & sci-fi writing by Black authors in the library collection such as N.K. JemisinNnedi OkoraforOctavia E. Butler and Samuel R. Delany. 
Please join us online for the virtual reception and awards announcement of the 7th Annual Baker + Whitehill Artists’ Book Contest, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 6:30pm, featuring remarks from this year's guest judge Nafis White

Registration: (a Zoom link will be sent to registrants the morning of February 24).   

Hosted by Fleet Library’s Special Collections, the contest, which drew over 35 virtual entries this year, promotes engagement with the book arts, investigation of the Library's artists' book collection, and creative production in the book form at RISD. Contest winners receive a cash prize and their books become part of the Library's collection.

Below is "Hole in My Pocket", by Kelly Taylor Mitchell 18 PR, grand prize winner of the 4th Student Artists' Book Contest 2018.
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