Herrick Library student assistant Sophia Carter designed and created a display in honor of Black History Month. The display is located in the foyer of Herrick Memorial Library and features fiction and nonfiction library materials from Herrick’s collection selected by Carter.

Alfred University student Sophia Carter, the Herrick library assistant who created the Black History display.

Some featured nonfiction titles include Tomiko Brown-Nagin’s Civil Rights Queen, Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou, and a biography of James Baldwin. Featured fiction works include novels by Zakiya Dalila Harris, Namwali Serpell, and Kai Thomas.

In celebration of Black voices and achievements, Carter also surrounded the display case with short biographies of scientists, politicians, entrepreneurs, and activists, including Shirley Chisholm, Madam CJ Walker, Mae Jemison, and Muhammad Ali.

Carter’s display joins another student-made display in the Herrick BookEnd Lounge, Blind Date with a Book, which was the group effort of many Herrick Library student assistants led by Amber Weinar and Corrie Kayes.

These student-led initiatives are part of an effort to expand the creation of displays to include voices and perspectives from all over campus.

Interested in Making a Display?

Students, clubs, or organizations interested in creating a display in Herrick Memorial Library or Samuel R. Scholes Library can contact libraries@alfred.edu for more information.