The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum celebrates Black History Month as a way to continue to bring awareness to the importance of the history and contributions of Black Americans. As a museum, it is important to acknowledge and highlight the silenced histories to create an inclusive historical narrative for our visitors and community.
Through our DyckmanDISCOVERED initiative, we have conducted extensive research on the lives of Francis Cudjoe, Hannah, Harry and Will, who were enslaved and free workers on Dyckman property. Despite little to no records and primary sources available, we have come to know many Black members of the household through details describing their attributes and daily livelihood.
As we gather their stories, we are developing a reinterpretation plan for the house to center the focus around all those who lived and worked on the farm. We are proud to be a part of a diverse community that supports our commitment to move the community and American history forward.
We’d like you to join us in empowering Black Americans through reading and listening to Black voices. We’re sharing a compilation of our favorite reads, book clubs, podcasts, and music. 🎵
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FOUR HUNDRED SOULS
Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
THE CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE
HOW WE SHOW UP
BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME
STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING
Ibram X. Kendi
THE FIRE NEXT TIME
THE BLUEST EYE
NONAME BOOK CLUB
An online/irl community dedicated to uplifting POC voices, founded by rapper and poet Noname.
SMART BROWN GIRL
An empowering platform that pairs texts with historiographical component, and hosts live online group discussions.
BOOK CLUBS (continued)
WELL-READ BLACK GIRL
Book club selections for YA and adults. Founder Glory Edim published a collection of essays by Black women writers!
LEVAR BURTON READS
A podcast hosted by LeVar Burton, telling numerous short fiction stories!
Code Switch (from NPR)
Hosted by journalists of color, Code Switch explores the subject of race and its impact on society.
A community dedicated to the practice in collective healing and social change.
THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN SLAVERY
Exploring how the institution of Slavery came to shape our country’s politics, economy, and culture.
LARRY WILMORE:BLACK ON THE AIR
Emmy Award winning producer, actor, and comedian Larry Wilmore is joined by guests on a podcast discussing issues of the week.
STAND BY ME
Ben E. King
A CHANGE IS GONNA COME
LOVE AND HAPPINESS
MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA
Gladys Knight & The Pips
WAIT A MINUTE!
COME HOME (FT. ANDRÉ 3000)
YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME HIGHER AND HIGHER
YOU DON’T KNOW MY NAME
Mary J. Blige
ANOTHER SAD LOVE SONG
911 / MR. LONELY (FT. STEVE LACY & FRANK OCEAN)
Tyler, the Creator
ON & ON