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Black History and African American Resources:

Rosa Parks

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Coretta Scott King

  • Coretta Scott King Biographical information about Coretta Scott King, founding president of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. Includes details about her involvement in the causes of her husband, Martin Luther King Jr. and her activities after his assassination in 1968. Also find essays on Martin Luther King Jr., nonviolence, and related topics. From the Martin Luther King Papers Project, Stanford University. (LII)

African-American Women

  • African American Women's History A directory of sites about the history of black women in America, from slavery through Reconstruction, Harlem Renaissance and civil rights. (LII)
  • African American Women Writers of the 19th Century 'This collection of about 50 works provides access to the thought, perspectives and creative abilities of black women as captured in books and pamphlets published prior to 1920.' (LII)
  • The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House: African American Women Unite For Change During her long life, Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator, social activist, and prominent leader in the women's rights movement. This latest installment in the National Park Service's Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans centers on her council House in Washington, D.C., and is a fine resource for history teachers and those with a general interest in American history. The Council House happens to be where the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) was located for over twenty years, and a number of important discussions regarding the integration of the military took place here. Visitors to the site will want to take a look at the historical essay on the house before getting started, and then they will want to look at the readings on Bethune and the NCNW. The lesson also includes a host of visual images along with some fine classroom activities and discussion questions. (SR)
  • Black American Feminism: A Multidisciplinary Bibliography (LII)

Biographies

 

History

  • African American History Month February is African American History Month, and, as the Library of Congress site notes, it's an area of history that should be incorporated into all discussions about American history. The Library of Congress listened to its own advice and created this most useful site to help students, teachers, and others to do just that. First-time visitors may wish to click on the African American Voices to hear audio clips from the Queen of Buganda, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's appearance at the Library's Book Fest, and many others. Moving down the homepage, visitors can read about a number of notable African Americans, including historian Carter G. Woodson and Congressman Major Owens. By clicking on the Collections area visitors can look through some of the digital collections related to various aspects of African American history. Additionally, the site also has other sections that provide primary materials on African Americans in the performing arts as well as oral histories from the Veterans History Project. (SR)
  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history, and culture to the global community. (LII)
  • African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A.P. Murray Collection 1818-1907 (LII)
  • African Americans and the End of Slavery in Massachusetts created by the Massachusetts Historical Society brings together a number of primary documents that tell the stories of African Americans and abolitionist movements in the commonwealth. (SR)
  • BAD Times:  The Black Americans for Democracy Newspaper
  • Black History Month From InfoPlease. Biographies, timelines, and other information.
  • Black Facts Online online database of Black History information. (LII)
  • Black History Daily promoting Black History 365 days of the year
  • BlackPast: Remembered and Reclaimed Professor Quintard Taylor of the University of Washington and his colleagues have created this very fine online resource that covers six centuries of African American history. The site includes an online encyclopedia of hundreds of famous and lesser known figures in African America, along with full text primary documents and major speeches of black activists and leaders from the eighteenth century to the present. Visitors should make sure and visit the Perspectives on African American History area, which includes rather fascinating pieces such as Gentrification, Integration or Displacement?: The Seattle Story and Juneteenth: The Birth of an African American Holiday. The site merits numerous return visits, and those with a penchant for African American history, and United States history in general, will find some stellar materials here. (SR)
  • Black History: Resources exploring black history in Michigan, including online exhibits, teacher's guides and Michigan History magazine articles.
  • Michigan Historical Markers-Black History: Provides background information, a photograph and a map for each site.
  • A Black Panther Chronology From Moffitt Library, University of California, Berkeley. (LII)
  • BlackPast.org: Remembered & Reclaimed This site provides reference materials to the general public on six centuries of African American history. It includes an online encyclopedia of hundreds of famous and lesser known figures in African America, full text primary documents and major speeches of black activists and leaders from the 18th Century to the present. Searchable, or browse encyclopedia articles about people, places, churches, events, and organizations. Directed by an African American history professor at the University of Washington. (SR)
  • Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 from the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress (SR)
  • Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site commemorates the landmark [1954] Supreme Court decision aimed at ending segregation in public schools. (LII)
  • Documenting the American South: North American Slave Narratives, Beginnings to 1920. (SR)
  • Exploring Amistad at Mystic Seaport.
  • Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition dedicated to the investigation and dissemination of information concerning all aspects of the Atlantic slave system and its destruction. (LII)
  • Hartford Black History Project: A Struggle from the Start A history of african americans in Hartford Connecticut.
  • Human Rights Library Full text of the 1896 and 1956 International Conventions on Slavery.
  • Moments in Black History: 365 Days of African American History Offers a daily sample of historic African American events for the current day, the previous day, and the following day. (LII)
  • National Archives Transcriptions and copies of the Emancipation Proclamation.
  • This Day in Black History a community driven, interactive online periodical about the black experience.
  • The Triple Nickles: The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, 1944-1947 History, photographs, names, functions, and other information on this battalion of Black paratroopers. (LII)
  • We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights MovementBackground, interactive maps, a list of sites and more about several dozen houses, schools, churches, and buildings associated with civil rights activism and events. Brief text places each building in historical context. Includes a reading list and related links. Searchable and browsable. From the U.S. National Park Service. (LII)

Slavery Past and Present

  • American Anti-Slavery Group Information on Slavery in the world today.
  • From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909 from the Library of Congress, pamphlets by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics. (LII)
  • International Slavery Museum Website for this British museum in Liverpool that opened in 2007, the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in Britain. The museum explores both the historical and contemporary aspects of slavery. The site provides images of highlights from the collection, a history of the transatlantic slave trade, and an interactive feature that follows four Africans on a sinking slave ship. (LII)
  • Slave Narratives [Macromedia Flash Player] Created by the Museum of the African Diaspora (based in San Francisco), the site features an innovative interface that allows users to roll over a series of multicolored dots to learn about the first-hand perspectives of slaves such as Francis Bok, Mary Prince, Fountain Hughes, Harriet Jacobs, and Juan Francisco Manzano. (SR)
  • Slaves and the Courts from the Library of Congress, includes pamphlets and books documenting the experiences of African and African-American slaves in the United States and American colonies. Resources include trial arguments, examinations of cases and decisions, proceeding, and other materials concerning slavery and the slave trade. (RB)
  • Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record ...a tool and a resource that can be used by teachers, researchers, students, and the general public - in brief, anyone interested in the experiences of Africans who were enslaved and transported to the Americas and the lives of their descendants in the slave societies of the New World. (BWN)
  • Valley of the Shadow Transcripts of original slave narratives.
  • Underground Railroad @ National Geographic A virtual journey for all ages.
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center a timeline dating from 1501 - 1865, a list of major players and contributors of the Underground Railroad Movement along with brief descriptions, and a list of related resources on each individual. (SR)
  • Voices From the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories provides the opportunity to listen to former slaves describe their lives. These interviews, conducted between 1932 and 1975, capture the recollections of twenty-three identifiable people born between 1823 and the early 1860s. (LII)
  • Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database  This site provides access to four databases (Voyages, Estimates, Images, and African Names) with information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. Data includes summary statistics, timelines, graphs, and maps. Site also includes introductory essays, lesson plans, and links to related material. An Emory University Digital Library Research Initiative, with support from international partners

General African-American Resources