Black brilliance, innovation, and creativity

Please join IU Libraries for these events and exhibitions

  • Visit the Herman B Wells Library lobby for University Archives poster exhibitions exploring Black student life at IU through archival photography and memorabilia. Learn more about one of the exhibition features: 1930s Segregated Student Teaching and the IU Alumni Who Persevered
  • The following library locations will offer Black History Month displays and collection features: Neal Marshall Black Culture Center Library, Sciences Library, Health Sciences Research Center, Business/SPEA Library
  • Use this digital Library Guide to check out the streaming and DVD resources offered by IU Libraries Media Services relevant to Black History Month themes. Many of the items will require IU login authentication for viewing.
  • Don't miss the full schedule of Black History Month events at the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center.

Two people stand in the shadows to read a wall poster with the headline Black Lit illuminated

Gayle Karch Cook Center in Maxwell Hall

Black Lit is an immersive poetry exhibition featuring student, faculty, and community authors to celebrate the diversity of Black poetic creativity on and off Indiana University's campus.


A book cover that reads Politics of Care in blue and white letters

Students, faculty, staff, and employees of IU Health are invited to browse and borrow books and materials that celebrate and explore the intersections between health, wellness, joy, and adversity.

Drop by the Health Sciences Building Lobby and grab a heart-shaped cookie while checking out a sample of the diverse collections available through IU Libraries.
Don't wait to get started: view a list of e-resources right now


A colorful graphic features a historic illustration of a Black women campaigning for food relief. Text reads Black History Month Black ArchiveZ


Lilly Library: 4 to 7 p.m. Pop-up Exhibition and 6 p.m. lecture with Dr. Jakobi Williams

Neal Marshall Center: 7 p.m. reception

The Lilly Library, together with the Black Film Center & Archive, the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department, and the Delta Epsilon chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, invite you to  a pop-up exhibition of materials from the Lilly and the BFC&A, including film posters, scripts, and memorabilia as well as pulp novels, hip-hop histories, and the Lilly’s new collection of Black Panther Party newspapers.

Dr. Jakobi Williams, Chair of the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, will speak on the Black Power Movement, with particular emphasis on the Panther Party. Dr. Williams’ lecture will be hybrid, so if you can’t attend in person, please join us over Zoom.

Event details and registration


Two images of Charlie Nelms are show next to each other. In one them he stands in a cotton field. In the second he is dressed in full academic regalia

Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Library 

A native of the Arkansas Delta and a superb storyteller, Dr. Charlie Nelms, IU alumnus, three-time Chancellor and IU’s founding Vice president of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, will discuss his journey from the cotton fields of Arkansas to the highest level of leadership that one can attain in the academy.

His memoir, From Cotton Fields to University Leadership: All Eyes on Charlie, was one of several books published by the Indiana University Press in commemoration of the university’s bicentennial. 

Get all the event details in the IU Calendar


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Herman B Wells Library, E174 and Hazelbaker Hall

Indiana University Libraries and IU Press invite you to join us to celebrate the launch of our very special new publication, Lucky Medicine: A Memoir of Success beyond Segregation by Lester W. Thompson.

Thompson will be hosted by Indiana University Provost, Rahul Shrivastav, and will be joined by several special guests for the event.  

Lucky Medicine offers a closeup, unforgettable look at IU student life just before the sweeping social changes of the 1960s. Thompson, a skinny African American boy from Indianapolis, arrived at Indiana University Bloomington in 1961 determined to become a doctor. For the next three years, he kept a detailed, intimate diary of his journey to graduation.   

In Lucky Medicine, Lester returns to his long-ago journal and, with honesty, humor, and a healthy dose of rueful self-reflection, shares stories from his college years when students of color accounted for less than 2 percent of the Indiana University’s student body.  

Remarks will include author Q&A and will be followed by a book signing and a reception, which will take place in the Herman B Wells Library Scholars’ Commons.


Please register for this event


A colorful collage shows both people and landscapes with text on top that reads BLACK ART + DIGITAL

Gayle Karch Cook Center in Maxwell Hall

IU Libraries in collaboration with the Gayle Karch Cook Center for the Arts & Humanities will host a Black Arts + Digital Exhibition. Artists from the IU community and regional communities will showcase their work in various mediums in the Cook Center Grand Hall.
This program is a follow up to the annual Black Lit program hosted every year by the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Library. While NMBCCL has hosted an art exhibitions before, this year we specifically want to include digital art, and we hope that this can become an annual event.