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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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African American almanac [electronic resource]
Provides a range of historical and current information on African American history, society and culture. Includes coverage of such topics as: Africa and the Black diaspora; film and television; landmarks; national organizations; population; religion; science and technology; and sports.

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African Americans in sports [electronic resource] - Carla Mooney
Places important topics in context so that readers will understand the connection between black history and the sweep of America's story. This volume covers African Americans in sports.

African Americans : many rivers to cross 1967-1975 [videodisc]
Examines the evolution of African American culture over the past 500 years.

The contradictions of Fair Hope [videodisc]
Looks at Alabama's Fair Hope Benevolent Society, an organization that formed after slaves in the South were freed to respond to hunger, illness, and poverty, focusing on the controversial annual "Foot wash" celebration.

Inside obama's presidency[videorecording]
As Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term, FRONTLINE takes a probing look at the first four years of his presidency. With inside accounts from his battles with his Republican opponents over health care and the economy to his dramatic expansion of targeted killings of enemies, FRONTLINE examines the president's key decisions and the experiences that will inform his second term.

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The Obamas - Jodi Kantor
In the Obamas, Jodi Kantor takes us deep inside the White House as they try to grapple with their new roles, change the country, raise children, maintain friendships, and figure out what it means to be the first black President and First Lady.

More than a month [videodisc]
Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a young African-American filmmaker, sets out on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. Through this thoughtful and humorous journey, he explores what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a 'post-racial' America.


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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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.  

    • African American History Month 2014
      From the Library of Congress, this collection of links to material in celebration of this year's theme which celebrates Civil Rights in America. Please also see their themed resource on Civil Rights at
    • Black History Month from the History Channel.
      Videos, speeches, photos, and timeline from The History Channel.
    • InfoPlease Black History Month
      To observe Black History Month, this Information Please site features articles on black history and biographies of notable African Americans in politics, history, entertainment, arts, and sports. It also provides information and links on colleges, statistics on population and earnings, a Civil Rights timeline, and literature.


    • African American Mosaic
      The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture is a noted publication, and the first Library-wide resource guide to the Library of Congress African- American collections. Covering the almost 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.
    • African American World PBS
      A compilation of the many excellent resources from PBS on African American history, including: Africans In America, The Black Press, Soldiers Without Swords, The Blues, Homecoming, Jazz, The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, Scottsboro: An American Tragedy.
    • African Americans in New Jersey
      A history of African Americans in New Jersey from the colonial period through the 1980s. Originally published by the New Jersey Historical Commission in 1989, and published on the Web by the New Jersey State Library.
    • Science Update: African American Scientists
      Produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science Update reports on a variety of scientific, technological, and medical topics via free online podcasts and radio broadcasting. Listeners can call in to the station or submit an online form to ask relevant science questions, which are then answered and investigated in 60-second podcasts or radio features. In this feature, Science Update honors the careers of several African American members in the scientific community. In short but informative podcasts, Science Update answers relevant public questions about the individuals’ work, and provides a rich image of the prolific careers of today’s black scientists.
    • Encyclopaedia Britannica's Guide to Black History
      Explore this guide to Black History and find biographies, historical timelines, and information on hundreds of topics including civil rights, African and African American literature, art, music, architecture, and sports. A collection of audio, video, and more.
    • In Motion: The African American Migration Experience
      This site, from New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black History contains thousands of essays, books, articles, manuscripts, illustrations, and maps related to black migration during the past four hundred years. These migrations include: Transatlantic Slave Trade, Domestic Slave Trade, Colonization and Emigration, Haitian Immigration, The Western Migration, The Northern Migration, The Great Migration, Second Great Migration, and the Return Migration to the South.
    • Martin Luther King, Jr Papers
      All of Martin Luther King Jr's papers , including 200,000 documents, will be available online for the first time today, as the nation marks Martin Luther King Day. The King Center Imaging Project, financed and overseen by JPMorgan Chase, offers free public access to the papers at
    • Martin Luther King Jr.--Historic Speeches and Interviews
      The purpose of this project was to catalog and make accessible on this Web site YouTube videos of historic speeches and interviews by or about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, including his famous "I Have a Dream" speech on August 23, 1963.


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    A marked man : the assassination of Malcolm X - Matt Doeden
    February 21, 1965. Controversial civil rights leader Malcolm X was killed during a speech in Manhattan.
    The 39-year-old was shot in public at point-blank range. The news devastated Malcolm' s followers. But other people reacted with relief. Malcolm X had always been a lightning rod. Some had felt he did the civil rights movement more harm than good. Still others including leaders of the Nation of Islam reacted with joy, since Malcolm X had become an inconvenience to them.
    Three men were found guilty of the murder. But rumors of conspiracy and cover-up still swirl. Who gave the order for Malcolm X's murder? Why did two of the convicted killers insist upon their innocence even after being released from prison in the 1980s? This book reveals the answers to these questions and details the the impact of Malcolm X's life, and his death, on civil rights in the United States.

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    The problem of slavery in the age of emancipation - David Brion Davis
    From the revered historian comes the long-awaited conclusion of his magisterial three-volume history of slavery in Western culture that has been more than fifty years in the making. David Brion Davis is one of the foremost historians of our time, and in this final volume in his monumental trilogy on slavery in Western culture he offers original, authoritative, and penetrating insight into what slavery and emancipation meant to Americans. Davis vividly portrays the dehumanizing impact of slavery, as well as the generally unrecognized importance of freed slaves to abolition. And he explores the influence of religion on American ideas about emancipation. Aboveall, he captures the ways in which America wrestled with the difficult problem of moving forward into an age of emancipation. This is a landmark work: a brilliant conclusion to one of the great works of American history.

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    Twelve years a slave - Solomon Northup
    Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup is a memoir of a black man who was born free in New York state but kidnapped, sold into slavery and kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana before the American Civil War.


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