Black Americans Who Made Entertainment History

| By Carol Brennan | Gale In Context: Biography is one of Gale’s premium online databases, and for Black History Month 2022, we’d like to highlight a few remarkable but lesser-known moments in entertainment history. Our titles feature thousands of biographical entries on Black Americans, including those of bygone performers and creative professionals who helped … Read more

Gladys West and the Invention of GPS

| By Carol Brennan | It’s likely that Gladys West (1930–) helped you arrive at your last destination safely and on time, thanks to one of the true marvels of our age, the Global Positioning System (GPS). Known for decades in her field as the mathematician who created the first geodetic model of the Earth, … Read more

The Lives and Works of Black Writers

| By Carol Brennan | Alex Haley and Zora Neale Hurston. Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison. James Baldwin and James Weldon Johnson. The literature of Black Americans reveals a rich tapestry of lives and experiences, one that is celebrated around the globe all the way back to 1773, when British allies published a book of … Read more

Celebrating Black History Month 2022

| By Carol Brennan | February is Black History Month, and one of Gale In Context: Biography’s family of reference titles, Contemporary Black Biography, has been delivering in-depth profiles of global leaders in politics, the arts, sports, and other fields of achievement for nearly 30 years. An incomparable resource for students, teachers, and all lifelong … Read more

Fannie Lou Hamer: Papers of a Civil Rights Activist, Political Activist, and Woman

| By Sara Tarpley, Director, Academic Product Sales, Gale | February and March are significant months for Gale in that they’re tied to the celebration of history, one of our favorite disciplines. In February, we acknowledge and appreciate Black history, while March brings us the opportunity to celebrate women’s history. This year, with dialogue sparked … Read more

Black History: Resistance and Resilience

| By Traci Cothran | Black History Month provides an opportunity for teachers and students to talk about the lives of influential Black leaders, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and Frederick Douglass, to name a few. But there are many other stories out there. Our Gale In Context: Biography database … Read more

Celebrating 45 Years of Black History Month

| By Shirelle Phelps | This February marks the 45th anniversary of Black History Month, celebrating the many accomplishments and achievements of Black Americans. In 1915, historian Carter G. Woodson was saddened by the underrepresentation of Black Americans in university history classes, which often were relegated to only teaching about enslaved people. Along with Jesse … Read more

Celebrate Black History Month with Gale’s New African American Literature for Students

| By Sarah Robertson | Black History Month, observed every February, is an opportunity to celebrate African American literature. Through literature, African Americans have advanced a powerful message of agency and countered a dominant cultural discourse of oppression, coercion, and racism. For African American authors, literature has served as a means of validating and valorizing … Read more

Celebrating Black History Month With New GVRL Release

| By Tara Atterberry | In the foreword of Gale’s Who’s Who Among African Americans: 34th Edition, available April 1st, Advisor Jessie Carney Smith, Dean of the Library, Camille Cosby Distinguished Chair in the Humanities, Fisk University, cites Historian John Hope Franklin’s work, Stalking George Washington Williams, drawing a parallel between Franklin’s literary work and … Read more