After centuries in the ranks, a first

February 22, 2021

Our main website image this week reflects upon retired General Lloyd J. Austin’s appointment as the United States’ first Black defense secretary, situated alongside the lives and experiences of Black military personnel throughout U.S. history. 

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The following selections are available as full texts online through the library. This list is not meant to be exhaustive. Use Library Search to find more items. 

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See also the U.S. history research guide.

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Of the many related journals, databases, and more you can explore in Library Search and other online university resources, we’re recommending the following this week:

You might also be interested in the Targeting Black Veterans report, from the Equal Justice Initiative, and A Powerful Black Hand, an episode of the “Seizing Freedom” podcast hosted by Dr. Kidada E. Williams.

About our website images 

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (foreground), and men in Company I of the 36th Colored Regiment during the U.S. Civil War. Photo graphic by Kirsten Neelands.

This month, we’re reflecting on the significance of contemporary Black leaders in the United States alongside the work of the people who came before them, and their fight for equitable representation and justice.

Previous images this month:

by Emily Buckler

Lloyd Austin.

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