Black History Month with Gale in Context: Biography

With over 500 biographies (with context) of African Americans past and present, Gale In Context: Biography has just what you need to brush up on Black history this Black History Month. Biographies include prominent figures such as:

Maya Angelou

Most known for her poetry and autobiographical work I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou has been praised for the rich and insightful prose of her narratives and for offering what many observers feel is an indispensable record of Black experience.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

James Baldwin

A writer and spokesman of the American civil rights movement, and author of Go Tell It on the Mountain and The Fire Next Time.

Go Tell It on the Mountain

The Fire Next Time

Ruby Bridges

An integral "symbol of change" for the American civil rights movement, Ruby Bridges historically integrated into an all-white public school in 1960.

Sammy Davis Jr. 

A pioneer in the music and entertainment industry, most active during the 1950s-1970s.

W. E. B. Du Bois

Active from the late 1890s through the 1940s, W. E. B. Du Bois was an intellectual, essayist, social scientist, and champion of equal rights for Blacks in the United States.

Mary Jackson

A mathematician and engineer with NASA, Mary Jackson is featured prominently in the movie Hidden Figures and was instrumental in astronaut John Glenn's orbit of the earth in 1962.

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

Martin Luther King, Jr.

A preacher and prominent activist of the American Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, Martin Luther King Jr. was a proponent of nonviolent social change.

John Lewis

A veteran of the civil rights movement, John Lewis was a Representative of Atlanta, Georgia and was the first United States congressman to write a graphic novel, titled March.


Barack Obama

Former president of the United States, and first African American to be elected to the office.

A Promised Land