Books for Black History Month Available to Download from UKnowledge
The University Press of Kentucky and University of Kentucky Libraries have partnered to provide free digital access to more than 1,000 UPK titles for members of the University of Kentucky community. Out-of-print UPK titles are available for free downloads through UKnowledge, the institutional repository for UK.
African American Studies is one of UPK’s collection strengths. In honor of Black History Month, we present a few of these books for your reading pleasure from the UPK collections accessible through UKnowledge.
The history of Black History Month itself has a Kentucky connection. In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson -- an alumnus of Berea College in Kentucky – organized the inaugural “Negro History Week.” He chose a week in February that spanned the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Dr. Woodson was the second African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard University, and devoted the bulk of his professional life to his pioneering works on African American history and culture.
Black History Week expanded into Black History Month, first at the behest of college activists in the late 1960s. In 1976, Gerald Ford became the first president to officially recognize February as Black History Month. Every president since has followed Ford’s precedent.