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African American Studies Program
ProQuest Historical Newspapers
This database is a great way to get historical insights into Black History. It provides historical coverage as early as 1851, with access to the full text of five major newspapers, Atlanta Constitution, Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.
Blazers Boost Black Creators
Blazers Boost Black Creators
A place to celebrate Black creators in all forms of media. Have a favorite book, podcasts, song, artwork, poem, game, movie, or more? Share it here so we can boost it up!
Every week this month we'll be selecting a random post to win our giveaway. Check the page for more information.
Angela Davis by
Call Number: Online
Publication Date: 1988-12-01
Her own powerful story to 1972, told with warmth, brilliance, humor and conviction, with a 1988 Introduction by the author.
Octavia's Brood by
Call Number: Online
Publication Date: 2015-03-23
Whenever we envision a world without war, without prisons, without capitalism, we are producing speculative fiction. Organizers and activists envision, and try to create, such worlds all the time. Walidah Imarisha and Adrienne Maree Brown have brought twenty of them together in the first anthology of short stories to explore the connections between radical speculative fiction and movements for social change. The visionary tales of Octavia’s Brood span genres—sci-fi, fantasy, horror, magical realism—but all are united by an attempt to inject a healthy dose of imagination and innovation into our political practice and to try on new ways of understanding ourselves, the world around us, and all the selves and worlds that could be
To Make Our World Anew. Volume I: a History of African Americans To 1880 by
Call Number: Online
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
This book is the only comprehensive illustrated history of African Americans. Written by the most prominent of the new generation of historians, the book describes how African Americans have shaped and changed the history of this country. It traces the history of Africans in the Americas from Reconstruction to the present.
Sister Outsider by
Call Number: Online
Publication Date: 1984-06-01
In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope.
Black Stats by
Call Number: Online
Publication Date: 2014-01-28
Black Stats--a comprehensive guide filled with contemporary facts and figures on African Americans--is an essential reference for anyone attempting to fathom the complex state of our nation. With fascinating and often surprising information on everything from incarceration rates, lending practices, and the arts to marriage, voting habits, and green jobs, the contextualized material in this book will better attune readers to telling trends while challenging commonly held, yet often misguided, perceptions.
Black Female Playwrights by
Call Number: Online
Publication Date: 1990-10-22
The need to acknowledge these works was the impetus behind this volume. Perkins has selected nineteen plays from seven writers who were among the major dramatizers of the black experience during this early period. As forerunners to the activist black theater of the 1950s and 1960s, these plays represent a critical stage in the development of black drama in the United States.
Howardena Pindell by
Call Number: OVERSIZE N6537.P49 A4 2018
Publication Date: 2018-03-01
This retrospective volume celebrates five decades of Howardena Pindell's art, including works on paper, collage, photography, film, and video. Born in middle-class Philadelphia in the 1940s, Howardena Pindell came of age during the Civil Rights movement. As an African-American woman artist, making her way in the world provided Pindell with source material to inspire her work. This book examines every facet of Pindell's impressive career to date. Since the 1960s, she has used materials such as glitter, talcum powder, and perfume to stretch the boundaries of traditional canvas painting.
What Is African American History? by
Call Number: E184.65 .D35 2015
Publication Date: 2015-03-23
Scholarship on African American history has changed dramatically since the publication of George Washington Williams A History of the Negro Race in America in 1882.Organized chronologically and thematically, What is African American History offers a concise and compelling introduction to the field of African American history as well as the Black historical enterprise past, present, and future.
Black Comics by
Call Number: PN6725 .B56 2013
Publication Date: 2013-03-14
Bringing together contributors from a wide-range of critical perspectives, Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation is an analytic history of the diverse contributions of Black artists to the medium of comics. Covering comic books, superhero comics, graphic novels and cartoon strips from the early 20th century to the present, the book explores the ways in which Black comic artists have grappled with such themes as the Black experience, gender identity, politics and social media.
Time on Two Crosses by
Call Number: E185.615 .R84 2003
Publication Date: 2003-07-10
Bayard Rustin, the openly-gay African American civil rights organiser, is widely acclaimed as the founding father of modern black protest, having taught Martin Luther King, Jr. strategies of non-violence during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, thereby launching the birth of the Civil Rights Movement, as well as organising the 1963 March on Washington. Throughout his extraordinary life, however, his open homosexuality was a point of contention among black church leaders, including King himself. This is an extraordinary showcase of the writings of this pioneer of two movements.
Driving While Black by
Call Number: E185.61.S667 D75 2020
Publication Date: 2020-02-11
In Driving While Black, the acclaimed historian Gretchen Sorin reveals how the car--the ultimate symbol of independence and possibility--has always held particular importance for African Americans, allowing black families to evade the many dangers presented by an entrenched racist society and to enjoy, in some measure, the freedom of the open road. Black charts how the automobile fundamentally reshaped African American life, and opens up an entirely new view onto one of the most important issues of our time.
The Cooking Gene by
Call Number: E185.89.F66 T95 2017
Publication Date: 2017-08-01
2018 James Beard Foundation Book of the Year. A renowned culinary historian offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, race, in this illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry--both black and white--through food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom. Southern food is integral to the American culinary tradition, yet the question of who "owns" it is one of the most provocative touchpoints in our ongoing struggles over race. In this unique memoir, Twitty takes readers to the white-hot center of this fight, tracing the roots of his own family and the charged politics surrounding the origins of soul food, barbecue, and all Southern cuisine.
Call Number: Online
Publication Date: 2017-05-16
A multiple Hugo and Nebula Award winner's powerful saga of survival and destiny in a near-future dystopian America.One of the world's most respected authors of science fiction imagines an apocalyptic near-future Earth where a remarkable young woman discovers that her destiny calls her to try and change the world around her.
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by
Call Number: POPULAR PR9265.9.J358 B58 2019
Publication Date: 2019-02-05
Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: "He has a nose," people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard.
The City We Became by
Call Number: PS3610.E46 C58 2020
Publication Date: 2020-03-24
Every city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She's got five. But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs beneath the earth, threatening to destroy the city and her five protectors unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.
Call Number: PS3615.K67 B56 2015
Publication Date: 2015-09-22
Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.
The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by
Call Number: PZ7.1.P474 S73 2019
Publication Date: 2019-09-17
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book Told in two distinct and irresistible voices, Junauda Petrus's bold and lyrical debut is the story of two black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both.
Zone One by
Call Number: PS3573.H4768 Z36 2011
Publication Date: 2011-10-18
A pandemic has devastated the planet, sorting humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. Now the plague is receding, and Americans are busy rebuild¬ing civilization under orders from the provisional govern¬ment based in Buffalo. Their top mission: the resettlement of Manhattan.
African American Review
As the official publication of the Division on Black American Literature and Culture of the Modern Language Association, the quarterly journal African American Review promotes a lively exchange among writers and scholars in the arts, humanities, and social sciences who hold diverse perspectives on African American literature and culture.
Journal of African American Studies
The Journal of African American Studies examines topics concerning social transformations that impact the life chances of continental Africans and the African diaspora. It publishes original research on issues of professional and disciplinary concern for the social progress of people of African descent.
Journal of African American History
JAAH, formerly The Journal of Negro History, founded by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in January 1916, is an official publication of ASALH. Now in its second century, the JAAH has long been the leading scholarly publication on African American life and history, and publishes original scholarly articles and book reviews on all aspects of the African American experience.
African Americans in Science by
Call Number: REF Q141 .C2138 2008
Publication Date: 2008-10-23
Ranging across all of the scientific disciplines, this encyclopedia offers a comprehensive exploration of the impact of African American scientists throughout U.S. history--their accomplishments, the obstacles overcome, and the challenges they still face.
Encyclopedia of the Black Arts by
Call Number: REF NX512.3.A35 E53 2019
Publication Date: 2019-05-15
The Black Arts Movement (BAM) encompassed a group of artists, musicians, novelists, and playwrights whose work combined innovative approaches to literature, film, music, visual arts, and theatre. With a heightened consciousness of black agency and autonomy-along with the radical politics of the civil rights movement, the Black Muslims, and the Black Panthers-these figures represented a collective effort to defy the status quo of American life and culture. Between the late 1950s and the end of the 1970s, the movement produced some of America's most original and controversial artists and intellectuals
African American Folklore by
Call Number: REF GR111.A47 A35 2016
Publication Date: 2016-08-08
This encyclopedia provides accessible entries on key elements of this long history, including folklore originally derived from African cultures that have survived here and those that originated in the United States. Inspired by the author's passion for African American culture and vernacular traditions, African American Folklore: An Encyclopedia for Students thoroughly addresses key elements and motifs in black American folklore--especially those that have influenced American culture.
Reflections in Black by
Call Number: REF TR23 .W55 2000
Publication Date: 2000-06-17
Reflections in Black, the first comprehensive history of black photographers, is Deborah Willis's long-awaited, groundbreaking assemblage of photographs of African American life from 1840 to the present. Willis, a curator of photography at the Smithsonian Institution, has selected nearly 600 stunning images that give us rich, hugely moving glimpses of black life, from slavery to the Great Migrations, from rare antebellum portraits to 1990s middle-class families.
America's Black Colleges and Universities
Call Number: Y 4.ED 8/1:110-83
Publication Date: 2008-01-01
America's black colleges and universities : models of excellence and challenges for the future : hearing before the Committee on Education and Labor, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, second session, hearing held in Washington, DC, March 13, 2008.
Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007 by
Call Number: Y 1.1/2:14904
Publication Date: 2008-10-03
Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007, is a comprehensive history of the more than 120 African Americans who have served in the United States Congress prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration of the U.S. House of Representatives, by the Office of History and Preservation, Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives.
Publication Date: September 20, 2017
The buzz around the meadow is the High Queen seeks an heir. A grand test of skill and dexterity will be held to determine which fledgling queen will inherit the throne! So assemble your hive and make a beeline for the meadow! BEEEEES! is a buzzing real-time dice rolling game for 2-5 players where brains matter as much as speed. Players frantically roll dice to claim hive tiles in front of them and their neighbors. The player with the most dice on the tile strategically places it into their burgeoning hive. At the end of the game, the player that has built the best hive wins!
Phase 10 by
A rummy-type card game with a challenging and exciting twist! The object of the game is to be the first player to complete 10 varied phases - two sets of three, one run of seven, seven cards of one color and more. The twist is that each phase to be completed is specific for each hand dealt. Those who complete the phase advance to the next, but those that don't must try again.
Tattoo Stories by
Publication Date: August 29, 2019
Tattoo stories is a drawing party game where your art skills don't matter. In a series of quick-paced tattoo competitions, win the most points by making up tattoos and telling the best stories. Compete to get your tattoo and story selected. It's easy to learn, and you'll be having fun in a matter of 3 minutes. You will be surprised by the creative tattoos and stories you and your friends can make up.
Vers: The Rap Game by
Vers is a freestyle rap card game. The players compete to see which can create the best freestyle rap. It uses a template system that makes it so anyone can freestyle, immediately.
Brilliant or BS by
Brilliant or BS? is a unique trivia party game unlike any other! You don't need to have all of the answers. You just have to pretend you do. In a world where BS reigns supreme, this hilarious game proves it's not what you know, it's what others think you know!
Blackbelt shares stories from and about Black folks down South. Too often, “Southern culture” is limited to the experiences of white Southerners – such as the Confederacy, country music, and monograms. Although more than half of Black Americans live in the South and have contributed greatly to the Southern way of life we hold so dear, we are often omitted from the South’s larger narrative.
Black History Year
Learning your history makes you - and your people - stronger. As Black people, we know we’re left out of the history books. That the media images are skewed. That we need access to experts, information and ideas so we can advance our people.
Black History Year connects you to the history, thinkers, and activists that are left out of the mainstream conversations. You may not agree with everything you hear, but we’re always working toward one goal: uniting for the best interest of Black people worldwide.
Objects hold history. They're evocative of stories stamped in time. As part of The Washington Post's coverage of the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture, people submitted dozens of objects that make up their own lived experiences of black history, creating a "people's museum" of personal objects, family photos and more. The Historically Black podcast brings those objects and their stories to life through interviews, archival sound and music.
The Nod tells the stories of Black life that don’t get told anywhere else. Our show ranges from an explanation of purple drink’s association with Black culture to the story of an interracial drag troupe that traveled the nation in the 1940s. We celebrate the genius, the innovation, and the resilience that is so particular to being Black — in America, and around the world.
Black history and literature from a Noire perspective. Noire Histoir features Black history facts, literature, and motivational stories from across the Black diaspora. Join me, Natasha McEachron, as I celebrate Black pride, excellence, and power all 366 days of the year.
The Stoop podcast digs into stories that are not always shared out in the open. Hosts Leila Day and Hana Baba start conversations about what it means to be black and how we talk about blackness. It’s a celebration of black joy with a mission to dig deeper into stories that we don’t hear enough about.
Celebrating African American History Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.
Copeland African American Museum
Welcome to the Copeland African American Museum (CAAM). Drs. Roy and Cheryl Copeland and the Harley Langdale, Jr. College of Business Administration at Valdosta State University created a place where one can immerse themselves in American history and be inspired by the contributions that African Americans have made to American culture. CAAM will not only increase your knowledge but also enhance your understanding of the importance of diversity.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members.
The New York Public Library Digital Schomburg
Relying on the expertise of distinguished curators and scholars, Digital Schomburg provides access to trusted information, interpretation, and scholarship on the global black experience 24/7. Users worldwide can find, in this virtual Schomburg Center, exhibitions, books, articles, photographs, prints, audio and video streams, and selected external links for research in the history and cultures of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora.
Poets.org Celebrates Black History Month
To celebrate Black History Month in February—and the rich tradition of American poetry all year long—browse essays on literary milestones and movements, find important books on black history and poetics, look for lesson plans for Black History Month, read archival letters from classic Black poets, and search poems about the Black experience by both classic and contemporary poets.