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5 Great Books about Utah Black History

Black history in Utah is rich, varied, and complex. These five books show that history. Be sure to check out the links pointing to related events to learn even more about Utah’s history.

Golden Ax by Rio Cortez

A beautiful book of poetry that tells the story of the author’s ancestors (whom she calls Afropioneers) in Salt Lake City and the American West. Come join in on a virtual book discussion Feb 8 at 4 pm. Email allyson.mower@utah.edu for details.

Light in the Midst of Zion by France Davis

Learn the long and full history of Black Baptists in Utah from esteemed author, orator, and community leader Rev. France A. Davis.

Buffalo Soldiers in the West edited by Bruce Glasrud and Michael Searles

Check out the chapter titled “Improbable Ambassadors” by Michael Clark for an in-depth story of Black soldiers and leaders at Fort Douglas. Also check out this upcoming event at the Post Chapel about Lt. Col. Chaplain Allen Allensworth

History of Blacks in Utah by Ronald Coleman

The quintessential scholarly study of Black history in Utah.

Black Pioneers by John Ravage

An excellent collection of historic photographs and images showing the active history and significant contributions of Black pioneers in the West.

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