February is Black History Month, and UNC Libraries,
including the Kathrine R. Everett Law Library, have many resources to help
students and faculty research Black history at UNC and in North Carolina, race and
the law, and other related topics.
One excellent place to start is with library research guides. UNC Libraries has guides on African-American Studies, African Studies, UNC history, and North Carolina. The libraries' subject research guides page lists many other topics that may be of interest. The Law Library has a guide on Critical Race Theory, and many others on various aspects of North Carolina law.
For even more on UNC and North Carolina history, the CRT guide also has a page on “Racial Justice in North Carolina,”
with links to works of history, fiction, poetry, and memoir that engage these
For legal research, HeinOnline has a curated collection on civil rights and social justice that includes federal government documents like statutory sections, legislative histories, committee reports and prints, Supreme Court briefs, as well as links to many scholarly articles and books, all available in downloadable .pdf form.
For the law school community, Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law all
have special databases on civil rights law that combine access to statutes, administrative
law, cases, and secondary sources on that topic.
UNC Libraries also provide access to many excellent books on Black history, race, and law across many disciplines. Some highlights from our collections include:
To Drink From the Well: The Struggle for Racial Equality at
the Nation’s Oldest Public University, by Geeta Kapur, available in print and online.
Julius Chambers: A Life in
the Legal Struggle for Civil Rights, by Richard A. Rosen and
Joseph Mosnier. Available in print and online.
"The Integration of
UNC-Chapel Hill -- Law School First," Donna Nixon, 97 N.C. L.
Rev. 1741 (2019).
All the Songs We Sing:
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Carolina African-American Writers'
Collective, ed. by Lenard D. Moore. Available online.
Conjure Blues: Poems,
by Jaki Shelton Green. Available in print and online.
Soul City: Race, Equality, and The Lost Dream of an American Utopia, by Thomas Healy. Available in print and online.
The Wilmington Ten: Violence, Injustice, and the Rise of Black Politics in the 1970s, by Kenneth Robert Janken. Available in print and online.
Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and The Rise of White Supremacy, by David Zucchino. Available in print.
Pauli Murray: A Personal and Political Life, by Troy R. Saxby. Available in print and online.
Posted by Ellie Campbell on Mon. February 28, 2022 8:00 AM