In celebration of Black History Month, we’d like to build upon the previous posts in this blog series (including an overview of Black History Month and a feature on African-American female authors and poets). Since the 2012 theme is “Black Women in American Culture and History,” this week we’ve decided to showcase the library’s CDs by and DVDs about African-American female musicians.
In addition to the works of these artists (listed below), you may also enjoy this list of music CDs featuring African-American gospel, folk, blues, R&B, jazz and other musical styles, as well as the DVD tribute to African-American women titled “I Will.” Last but not least, be sure to check out related events at the library, including tomorrow night’s showing of Chris Rock’s documentary Good Hair at Center Aisle Cinema, Doug Hunt’s presentation of Boone County slave Sanford Shirkey’s unlikely emancipation and upcoming performances by storyteller Lyn Ford.
African-American Female Musicians at DBRL
Coppola, Imani (of the group Little Jackie)
Harper, Kalenna (of the group Diddy Dirty Money)
Martha and the Vandellas (Martha Reeves, Rosalind Ashford, Betty Kelly)
Marvelettes, The (Gladys Horton, Katherine Anderson, Georgeanna Tillman, Wanda Young)
Mary Mary (Erica Atkins-Campbell and Trecina Atkins-Campbell)
Smith, Willie Mae Ford
Supremes, The (Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard)
- Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune photo by Gordon Parks, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
- Ella Fitzgerald photo by William P. Gottlieb, William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress. (Part of the Golden Age of Jazz collection that entered the public domain on February 16, 2010.)
- Marian Anderson photo by Harris & Ewing, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
- Shirley Chisholm photo by Thomas J. O’Halloran, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
- Collage format courtesy of Photovisi.com.