Black History on the Web

A&E's Biography.com guide contains links to related television programming, news items, as well as a gallery of photographs, and historical figures in sections such as "Groundbreakers" and "Heroes."
An extensive guide including educational resources in the following categories: "Teaching Black History Month," "Biographies," "Glossary," "Photographs," "Timelines," "Primary Documents," "Quotes," "Civil Rights Movement &-Course." Additional sections further down the main menu include: "Culture and Conflicts," "Local Events and History," and "Profiles and Personalities."
The Mosaic is the first Library-wide resource guide to the institution's African- American collections. Covering the nearly 500 years of the black experience in the Western hemisphere, the Mosaic surveys the full range size, and variety of the Library's collections, including books, periodicals, prints, photographs, music, film, and recorded sound. Moreover, the African-American Mosaic represents the start of a new kind of access to the Library's African-American collections, and, the Library trusts, the beginning of reinvigorated research and programming drawing on these, now systematically identified, collections.

This five-year effort includes images and text. Topics include "African-American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship," "The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress," "Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights, 1860s–1960s," "Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936–1938," and "Slaves and the Courts, 1740–1860."
  • African-American World—(PBS)
PBS presents a guide to Black History with historical highlights in areas such as "Arts & Culture," "Race and Society," and "Profiles." Additional information and activity information is available for teachers/parents and children. Note the links at the top of PBS' page as well: Timeline, Reference Room, Kids, Classroom, Community, and Resources. Over 300 articles on famous African-Americans and notable events in Black History are available in the "Reference Room" at that site.


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A fine collection of links to materials in honor of African American History month in February. Includes links to collections, images, and audio and video sources for individuals such as Carter G. Woodson ("father" of African American History Month) and athlete Althea Gibson; and topics such as performing arts, civil rights, and slavery.
  • Black History Hotlist (AT&T)
A guide to information online in over 20 areas of Black History: Slavery, Serving in the Military, Civil Rights Movement, Million Man March, African-American Leaders, In Their Own Words, Issues in the News, Poetry, and Institutional Changes.
"Interviews conducted by Quintard Taylor and his associates, Charles Ramsay and John Dawkins. They interviewed African American pioneers and their descendents throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, from 1972–1974." The Real Audio Player is required to hear the interviews.
An Online Reference Guide to African American History maintained by Quintard Taylor, the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington, Seattle. This is a collection and directory of sources for six centuries of African American History. Includes an online encyclopedia of people, places, churches, associations and events. A wonderful place to start research or to spend some time browsing.


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Meet famous African Americans, listen to jazz music, publish your own writing, and explore history with an interactive timeline.
A good collection of free resources from EB. Including Biographies, Timelines, a Multimedia Gallery, Images, Learning Activities, and an Internet Guide.
  • From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1822-–1909 (Library of Congress)
396 pamphlets from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, published from 1822 through 1909, by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics. From the Library of Congress' American Memory Exhibit.


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Text and images arranged in the following sections:
  • People and Groups
  • Themes
  • Events
  • Related Topics
Activities, quizzes, and educational resources for young people from Kidsdomain.com.
From New York Public Library. Described as followed by NYPL: In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience presents more than 16,500 pages of texts, 8,300 illustrations, and more than 60 maps. The Web site is organized around thirteen defining migrations that have formed and transformed African America and the nation. Each migration is presented through five units: 1. A narrative; 2. About 100 illustrations, each with caption, and bibliographical, indexing, and ordering information; 3. From twenty to forty research resources consisting of essays, books, book chapters, articles, and manuscripts; 4. Maps; 5. Lesson plans for teachers. Some areas of this site require the free Flash plugin from Adobe.com.
Access information in the following categories: History and Timelines, Contemporary Issues, Special Features (Quotations, Inventors, Harlem Renaissance and more), Holidays, Education, Awards and Firsts, Quizzes & Crosswords.


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This guide to the web was launched in April 2005 and is based at the library of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, which is part of the University Library and the Sonja Haynes Stone Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The guide is a valuable resource for scholars and other researchers interested in African, African American, and African Diaspora history and culture. Over 500 sites are available in the searchable guide which is also browseable by subjects. The topics covered range from the underground railroad to hip hop music.


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