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African American Studies: African American Studies

ACFPL features an extensive collection of resources about African American history, accomplishments, issues, figures and more. This guide provides a sampling of the materials available on this subject to view more visit the library or browse the catalog.

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Atlantic City African American History

African Americans are Atlantic City's largest racial group. Many great African American performers and entertainers, sports professionals, and business professionals spent time in Atlantic City. Resources about African Americans in Atlantic City are found in this guide on African American History in Atlantic City.  Also see the new book The Northside; African Americans and the creation of Atlantic City.

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African American History Month

2017 – The Crisis in Black Education

ASALH has selected, The Crisis in Black Education as the 2017 Black History Theme.  The theme for 2017 focuses on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans.  ASALH’s founder Carter G. Woodson once wrote that “if you teach the Negro that he has accomplished as much good as any other race he will aspire to equality and justice without regard to race.”

Executive Summary 2017     
The theme for 2017 focuses on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans. ASALH’s founder Carter G. Woodson once wrote that “if you teach the Negro that he has accomplished as much good as any other race he will aspire to equality and justice without regard to race.” Woodson understood well the implications associated with the denial of access to knowledge, and he called attention to the crisis that resulted from persistently imposed racial barriers to equal education.
  The crisis in black education first began in the days of slavery when it was unlawful for slaves to learn to read and write.   In pre-Civil War northern cities, free blacks were forced as children to walk long distances past white schools on their way to the one school relegated solely to them. Whether by laws, policies, or practices, racially separated schools remained the norm in America from the late nineteenth century well into our own time. Throughout the last quarter of   the  twentieth century and continuing today, the crisis in black education has grown significantly in urban neighborhoods where public schools lack resources,endure overcrowding, exhibit a racial achievement gap, and confront policies that fail to deliver substantive opportunities. The touted benefits of education remain elusive to blacks of all ages. Tragically, some poorly performing schools serve as pipelines to prison for youth.  Yet, African American history is rich in centuries-old efforts of resistance to this crisis: the slaves’ surreptitious endeavors to learn; the rise of black colleges and universities after the Civil War; unrelenting battles in the courts; the black history movement; the freedom schools of the 1960s; and local community-based academic and mentorship programs that inspire a love of learning and thirst for achievement. Addressing the crisis in black education should be considered one of the most important goals in America’s past, present, and future.  

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