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Black History Month: Home

Purpose

This guide is dedicated to Black History Month and highlights the resources offered at the library that focus on the accomplishments and experiences of the Black community. In this guide, we invite you to read, watch, listen to, participate in, or actively learn more about why this month is so important.

Black History Month Highlights

Shiloh Baptist Church

The Shiloh Baptist Church was the hub of the first black settlement in Saskatchewan, located near Maidstone in the Eldon rural municipality. The church was built by Black homesteaders in 1912 and was regularly used until the 1940s. 

Black Thought and Culture Database

Black Thought and Culture is a landmark electronic collection of approximately 100,000 pages of non-fiction writings by major American black leaders—teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, war veterans, entertainers, and other figures—covering 250 years of history. In addition to the most familiar works, Black Thought and Culture presents a great deal of previously inaccessible material, including letters, speeches, prefatory essays, political leaflets, interviews, periodicals, and trial transcripts. The ideas of over 1,000 authors present an evolving and complex view of what it is to be black in America. You can view this database using your USask login credentials. 

Li'l Shadd : A Story of Ujima by Miriam Körner and Alix Lwanga

Li'l Shadd is a children's book published by the Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum in 2015. It tells the story of Dr. Alfred Schmitz Shadd, the first Black doctor in Saskatchewan. Dr. Shadd was a farmer, a doctor and a beloved figure in his community of Melfort, Saskatchewan. You can read more about Dr. Shadd at the Saskatchewan African Canadian History Museum. 

Criterion On Demand Black History Collection

Criterion on Demand is an online digital library of educationally relevant feature films used in Canadian Higher Education institutions. This database has curated a collection of films related to Black History Month. You can view these videos using your USask credentials.