Skip to main content
Banner Image

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.

DVDs, Ebooks, and Audio Books

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.

Use Ebscohost:to obtain articles on African American History Month and other important topics in African American history, arts and culture.

 

 

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

African American History Month

2016 – Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories

The history of African Americans unfolds across the canvas of America, beginning before the arrival of the Mayflower and continuing to the present. From port cities where Africans disembarked from slave ships to the battle fields where their descendants fought for freedom, from the colleges and universities where they pursued education to places where they created communities during centuries of migration, the imprint of Americans of African descent is deeply embedded in the narrative of the American past.  These sites prompt us to remember and over time  became hallowed grounds.

One cannot tell the story of America without preserving and reflecting on the places where African Americans have made history. The Kingsley Plantation, DuSable’s home site, the numerous stops along the Underground Railroad, Seneca Village, Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church and Frederick Douglass’ home — to name just a few — are sites that keep alive the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in our consciousness. They retain and refresh the memories of our forbears’ struggles for freedom and justice, and their belief in God’s grace and mercy. Similarly, the hallowed grounds of Mary McLeod Bethune’s home in Washington, D.C., 125th Street in Harlem, Beale Street in Memphis, and Sweet Auburn Avenue in Atlanta tell the story of our struggle for equal citizenship during the American century.
The Association for the Study of African American Life & History has selected this annual theme to bring attention to the centennial celebration of the National Park Service and the more than twenty-five sites and the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom that are part of America’s hallowed grounds, including the home of the father of black history, Dr. Carter G. Woodson.
Click below for a PDF version of the Executive Summary.

 

Websites

Books