Black History is expansive (far beyond what we think) and can never fully be condensed into 12 months. We did our best to curate a reading series that gives a loose timeline of Black History beginning with the Moorish Empire until present day.
One of the largest holes in global history is knowledge of the Moorish Empire, who ruled Spain for 700 years. Within this 700 years the Moors were known for civilizing Europe, introducing Europeans to the arts, mathematics and many other advancements. Due to their massive contributions to European culture, Moors are known for bringing Europe out of the Dark Ages. The year their empire collapsed is the same year Columbus sailed the seas and the colonization we are aware of began.
It's important to know Black history doesn’t begin with enslavement in America, so we are starting this list with the Moors. We also selected books that reflected different time periods in American History that provide a great balance of the trauma we mustn't ignore a long with the consistent birthing of joy in the midst of our trauma. This joy has been expressed in our contributions to American government, pop culture, and throughout the world.
It is important that as a people, we learn as much as we can. Our willingness to learn about Black history is a form of resisting to continue viewing history from a white-centering perspective.
Black History is American history. Black History is global history.