African American Resources


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African Voices (Smithsonian Natural History Web)
Examines the diversity, dynamism, and global influence of Africa's peoples and cultures over time in the realms of family, work, community, and the natural environment.


Black/ African Related Resources

This is a list of online information storage sites (FTP, Gopher, Telnet, WWW, BBS, Database, etc.) that contain a significant amount of information relating to or of concern to Black or African people, culture, and issues around the world.


Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies

At California State University, Chico, just across the street from Chico High School. This might be a very interesting subject to consider as a major!

Congress of Racial Equality
"Founded in 1942, CORE is the third oldest and one of the "Big Four" civil rights groups in the United States. From the protests against "Jim Crow" laws of the 40's to the "Sit-ins" of the 50's and the "Freedom Rides" of the 60's; through the cries for "Self-Determination" in the 70's and "Equal Opportunity" in the 80's to the struggle for community development in the 90's, CORE has championed true equality for all people."

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
A historic civil rights organization that has championed the cause of equality for African-Americans and other minorities. "The history of the NAACP, is one of blood sweat and tears. From bold investigations of mob brutality, protests of mass murders, segregation and discrimination, to testimony before congressional committees on the vicious tactics used to bar African Americans from the ballot box, it was the talent and tenacity of NAACP members that saved lives and changed many negative aspects of American society."

National Urban League
The mission of the National Urban League is to assist African Americans in the achievement of social and economic equality. The Board of Trustees of the National Urban League and all of its affiliates reflect a diverse body of community, government, and corporate leaders. The League implements its mission through advocacy, bridge building, program services and research.


 

African AmericanBiographies

Dr. Martin Luther King
Resources on the Internet about the life of one of the most famous Americans of the 20th Century.

Malcolm X: A Research Site
This site is dedicated to document the life and times of Malcolm X. Includes a timeline of the major events in his life, speeches and photographs. Actual audio of many speeches are available.

A Huey P. Newton Story - Huey | PBS
This site offers a glimpse into the life of Huey P. Newton, one of the founding members and leaders of the Black Panther Party, in Oakland, California.

Langston Hughes
Many essays and short writings by Langston Hughes are available here. From the Modern American poetry Website. Includes a brief biography and critical analysis of Hughes' works. See also: a biography of Langston Hughes, and also an informative essay about this very influential American poet, along with some of his poems. This site also has many articles and poems by African-American poets.

W.E.B. Du Bois: The Activist Life
Online Exhibit on W.E.B. DuBois, who was a scholar, author, co-founder of the NAACP, crusading editor of various journals, international spokesperson for peace and for the rights of oppressed minorities, who articulated the strivings of African Americans and demonstrated the significance of Black culture before a world audience.

Mary McLeod Bethune - Photos and primary source documents.
Mary McLeod Bethune was recognized as one of the most influential Afro-American women in the country with a postage stamp issued in her honor and a statue of her erected in a park in Washington, DC. Bethune was active in the fight against racism and served as an unofficial advisor to President Roosevelt.

The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences.
Biography resources for African Americans in the Sciences. Profiled here are African American men and women who have contributed to the advancement of science and engineering.

Some Important 19th Century African Americans
Biographical essays of some important 19th Century African Americans are offered here as part of the Internet African American History Challenge, which "helps you sharpen your knowledge of African American history."

Mathematicians of the African Diaspora
Links related to African contributions to the field of mathematics.

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African American History

Black History Month Exhibitions With Images and Articles:

TIME: Celebrating Black History
Black History Month (InfoPlease)
Celebrating Black History on the Web
Black History Hotlist
Sampling African America


Harlem 1900-1940: An African American Community
"Harlem's early days as the Cultural Capital of African Americans are represented here by graphic and photographic images. Some of the subjects include political movements, education, sports, social organizations, religion, the Harlem Hospital, theater, business and music." From the N.Y. Public Library.

The Port Chicago Disaster - A Resource for the Classroom
Just before 10:20 p.m. on July 17th, 1944, the worst home front disaster of WII, occurred at a Naval pier in the San Francisco Bay Area. Five thousand tons of ammunition in ships being loaded by black sailors exploded, sending a blast more than 12,000 feet into the sky.

African American Labor History Links
This site makes links to documents and sites on the Web that relate to the history of labor unions and African Americans who founded or were in them.

The African-American Migration Experience
In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience presents a new interpretation of African-American history, one that focuses on the self-motivated activities of peoples of African descent to remake themselves and their worlds.

Internet African American History Challenge
"An interactive quiz that helps you sharpen your knowledge of African American History. It's an "open book" test. So if you're not sure of an answer, you can check our reference material for help."

Black History Hotlist
Good collection of resources on African American History and Culture!

The African American Mosaic
A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History Culture. This exhibit marks the publication of The African American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture. A noteworthy and singular publication, the Mosaic is the first Library-wide resource guide to the institution's African- American collections.

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African AmericanCulture

African American Arts, Culture, History, Etc.
A nicely organized set of links.

African American Women Writers
"A digital collection of some 52 published works by 19th Century black women writers. A part of the Digital Schomburg, this collection provides access to the thought, perspectives and creative abilities of black women as captured in books and pamphlets published prior to 1920. Key-word-searchable."

African Art: Aesthetics and Meaning
The objects selected for this exhibit were chosen both to exemplify African aesthetic and moral principles and to display some of the finest pieces in the Bayly's large collection. Most of the pieces in the exhibit come from West African societies.

Harlem 1900-1940 An African American Community
An online exhibit with images and text.

BlackPressUSA
"BlackPressUSA.com is the joint web presence of America's Black community newspapers and the NNPA News Service... featuring news exclusively from African American journalists and Black community publications."

Soldiers Without Swords
Tells the story of the pioneering men and women of the Black press who gave voice to Black America.

Voices From the Gaps: Women Writers of Color
Collection of links to Web sites which feature women writers of color. A "Teaching" section also links to supporting materials.

African Art
"African artifacts have generally been exhibited with reference only to cultural context and use. In view of recent studies of African aesthetic principles and related moral and religious values, there is good reason to emphasize the formal aesthetic aspects of the objects and the moral and religious ideas they express."

A Brief Guide to the Harlem Renaissance
Information on several important African American poets is offered here, with brief essays and examples of their poetry, along with a picture of the poet. Note the links on the left side that offers articles on related African-American Poetry.

Documenting the American South
This database presents primary source materials documenting the cultural history of the American South from the viewpoint of Southerners. It offers diaries, autobiographies, travel accounts, titles on slavery and regional literature drawn from the splendid Southern holdings of the UNC--CH Academic Affairs Library. To date we have digitized and encoded over 80 titles, or 18,000 pages of primary source materials and published them on the web.

Writing Black USA
An excellent online collection of writings by African American authors, from the Colonial period to modern times.

Negro Baseball Leagues
At one time, the baseball leagues were separated by race. This page is dedicated to the Negro Baseball Leagues.

Black Community Crusade for Children
"The BCCC's mission is to ensure that no child is left behind and that every child has a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life, with the support of caring parents and nurturing communities."

The Chitterling Site
"Here, you will learn favorite recipes for some really delicious classic soul food dishes. Dishes like chitterlings, or "chitlins," are catching on in upscale restaurants around the world. Soul food is often thought of as foods eaten by poor southerners, but now some dishes are gourmet foods in many places."

National Brotherhood of Skiers
The National Brotherhood of Skiers is an organization which brings together African American ski clubs from across the country to ski and have a good time. One of the purposes of the NBS during its creation was to help get a black skier into the Olympics.

The National Bowling Association
NBA promotes friendship, sportsmanship and fellowship among its members. It also serves as a recruiting agency and point-of-entry for black bowlers who otherwise would not receive the encouragement, tutelage and guidance needed to learn the game and develop the skills that are essential to full enjoyment and successful competition.

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