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Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits- This website presents the inaugural exhibition of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The portraits that make up the exhibition span 150 years. The title is drawn from an address delivered on August 16, 1843 by the abolitionist clergyman Henry Highland Garnet to a group of free blacks in the North who had gathered to discuss the future prospects of their community.
Journals and News Services
Afrocentric and Genealogical Sites
- African American Odyssey - The purpose of this virtual exhibition is to "give a comprehensive, rich picture of more than 200 years of African American struggle and achievement." This site is organized in nine sections, among them, Slavery, The Civil War, Reconstruction, Depression, New Deal, World War II, and Civil Rights.
- Association of African American Museums
- Black Loyalists - A digital collection of primary and secondary documents tracing the history of the African Americans who accepted the British promise (first stated by Lord Dunmore, royal governor of Virginia in a 1775 proclamation included in this collection) during the American Revolution that any slave of a rebel who came over to their side would be granted freedom and land. The 30,000 men and women who acted on this offer found themselves at war's end in Nova Scotia, and the promised land never materialized, leading many to emigrate to Sierra Leone.
- Black Wings: African American Pioneer Aviators - Housed at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, this colorful site traces the entry of African Americans into both civilian and military pilot corps. The first section begins with the story of Bessie Coleman, who became the first licensed black pilot in 1922 (although she had to study in France, and died young in 1926), and follows the growth of her successors up to 1934. The training provided at six black colleges and the Tuskegee Institute prior to World War II and the birth of the Tuskegee 99th Fighter Squadron in 1941 is covered in the second section. The 99th was joined by three other squadrons- the 100th, 301st and 302nd during World War II, where they combined into the 332nd Fighter Group, the famous ô Red Tails ô, whose colorful history is chronicled in the third section. The final death blow to segregation within the Armed Forces was given by President TrumanÆs Executive Order 9981, profiled in the final section.
- Cutting to the Essence, Shaping for the Fire. Yoruba and Akan Art
- Cycles: African Life Through Art
- Documenting Our Past: The Teenie Harris Archive Project -Charles " Teenie" Harris served as a staff photographer for the influential newspaper the PIttsburgh Courier from the 1930s to the 1970s and left a legacy of over 80,000 images of life in the city's African American community. This site offers access to the collection ( now housed at the Carnegie Museum of Art .)
- Henry O. Tanner
- National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, Tennessee)
- Studio Museum in Harlem
- The Anacostia Musuem and Center for African American History and Culture
- Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity
- African American Women Writers of the 19th century - This site makes available several dozen works, each text scrupulously reprinted with no posthumous editing, each preface intact, from 30 hitherto inaccessible volumes of 19th century African American women's literature. This site is well organized, providing search tools that allow the reader to search by title, author, and genre.
- The Coretta Scott King Book Awards
- Documenting the American South: North American Slave Narratives
- Historical Speeches
- Islamic Manuscripts from Mali
- Jackson Davis Collection - A collection of over 6,000 photographs of African American schools, teachers and students, taken in the first half of the twentieth century. Davis' goal was to show the terrible conditions in many black schools and how they could be improved. The collection is housed at the University of Virginia.
- Oxford African American Studies Center: Focus on Women and Literature
- Paul Laurence Dunbar Digital Collection
- Reading Women Writers and African Literature
- The Zora Neal Hurston Plays at the Library of Congress - The Zora Neale Hurston Plays at the Library of Congress present a selection of ten plays written by Hurston (1891-1960), author, anthropologist, and folklorist. Deposited in the United States Copyright Office between 1925 and 1944, most of the plays remained unpublished and unproduced until they were rediscovered in the Copyright Deposit Drama Collection.
General Web Resources
- "With An Even Hand" Brown v. Board at Fifty
- Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent
- African American Sheet Music, 1820-1920 - a selection from the over 500,000 pieces in the Sheet Music Collection at Brown University, with a concentration on the period 1840-1950.
- African American Web Connection(AAWC)
- African American Women in Iowa Digital Collection
- African Americans and the End of Slavery in Massachusetts
- African Art, African Voices
- African Diaspora Archaeology Network
- African Elections Project
- African-American Band Music and Recordings
- Africans in America - Intended as a teaching adjunct to a six-hour public television series covering the history of slavery in the US from its beginning to the end of the Civil War, this well-organized site is divided into four sections. The first, The Terrible Transformation, deals the period between 1450 and 1750, followed by The Revolution (1750-1805). Brotherly Love (1791-1831) illuminates the world of the free blacks using the Philadelphia community as an example. The last section, Judgment Day (1831-1865) traces the more familiar story of slavery during the years leading up to and during the Civil War.
- Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy 1719-1820
- AFSCME, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike
- An Address to the Colored Citizens of the United States by John B. Meachum (Philadelphia, 1846)
- Ancient Manuscripts from the Desert Libraries of Timbuktu, Library of Congress
- Artists in Dialogue: António Ole and Aimé Mpane
- Atlanta in the Civil Rights Movement
- Avalon Project at Yale Law School: African-Americans-- Biography, Autobiography and History
- Benin-Kings and Rituals: Court Arts from Nigeria
- Black Europeans
- Black Grooves : Archives of African American Music and Culture
- Black History at Harpweek
- Black Members of the United States Congress, 1879 - 2004
- Boston African Americana Project
- Documenting the American South: The Church in the Southern Black Community
- Doris Ulmann Photograph Collection
- Eubie Blake Collection, The - European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia
- Explorations in Black Leadership
- Free At Last? Slavery in Pittsburgh in the 18th and 19th Centuries
- George Washington Carver
- Grass Roots: African Origins of An American Art
- Harlem History
- Images of the Antislavery Movement in Massachusetts
- In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience
- Independent Lens: Banished -- American Ethnic Cleansings
- I've Known Rivers: The MoAD Diaspora Stories Project
- James B. Duke Memorial Library: Archives
- Job Sprawl and the Spatial Mismatch between Blacks and Jobs
- Lest We Forget: The Triumph Over Slavery
- Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits
- Mapping the African American Past
- Negroes With Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power
- New Philadelphia: A Multiracial Town on the Illinois Frontier
- Paul Revere Williams Project
- Postcards from Manhattan: The Portrait Photography of Carl Van Vechten
- Race, Immigration and America's Changing Electorate
- Say It Plain: A Century of Great African American Speeches - Read or listen to transcripts of speeches by famous African Americans.
- Slave Narratives
- Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860 - This contains over a hundred pamphlets and books concerning the difficult and troubling experiences of African and African-American slaves in the American colonies and the United States. This site is searchable by key word or browse by subject, author, or title index.
- Sonja Haynes Stone Center Library for Black Culture and History Guide to the Web
- Southern Poverty Law Center - The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded a quarter of a century ago for the purpose of winning equal rights for minorities and poor people through legal action. Today the Center continues to pursue action against those who would attack the freedoms of others, while also promoting tolerance, understanding, and justice through education and publicity. This site is well organized and leads the user to a wealth of material related to civil rights and civil liberties.
- The Black Renaissance in Washington, D.C., 1920s-1930s
- The Blues, Black Vaudeville, and the Silver Screen, 1912-1930s
- The Civil Rights Digital Library
- The Humphrey Winterton Collection of East African Photographs: 1860 - 1960
- The New Great Migration: Black Americans' Return to the South, 1965-2000
- The Road Not Traveled: Education Reform in the Middle East and North Africa
- The State of Public School Integration: Brown vs. Board of Education at 50
- This Far By Faith: African American Spiritual Journeys
- Through the Lens of Time: Images of African Americans from the Cook Collection of Photographs - Over 300 images from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, taken primarily in the Richmond and Central Virginia areas.
- Thurgood Marshall Law Library: Historical Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights -An online full-text database of all publications issuied by the Commission between its beginning in 1957 and 2010.
- Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
- Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture: a Multimedia Archive
- Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson -Created as a companion to the documentary film on Johnson by Ken Burns, this site both discusses the film project and gives detailed background on the Progressive era and its at titudes.
- Virginia Black History Archives
- We Shall Overcome
- Wilbur "Buck" Clayton Collection
- Writings of Thomas Wentworth Higginson
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