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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.

Premium eResources

Use these resources in the library as a guest or from any internet connection with your library card.

OAASC: Search for articles, images and more about African American History.

Biography Collection:get biographical information on famous African Americans throughout history.  



African American History Month

The 2014 theme for Black History Month is " Civil Rights in America, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  Access more links by clicking by clicking on the websites below, and Civil Rights Act of 1964 tab.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History has selected Civil Rights in America to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

"The history of civil rights in the United States is largely the story of free people of color and then African Americans to define and enumerate what rights pertain to citizens in civil society. It has been the history of enlisting political parties to recognize the need for our governments, state and federal, to codify and protect those rights. Through the years, people of African descent have formed organizations and movements to promote equal rights. The Colored Convention Movement, the Afro-American League, the Niagara Movement, the National Council of Negro Women, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference carried the banner of equality when allies were few. In the modern era, integrated organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Urban League, and the Congress of Racial Equality fought for and protected equal rights. The names of America’s greatest advocates of social justice—Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Fanny Lou Hamer — are associated with the struggle for civil rights."    ~ 99th Annual ASALH Convention.