Black History Month Resources

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  • African American History Month - Library of Congress
    Collection of links to material in honor of African American History month in February. Includes links to collections, images, and audio and video sources for individuals such as Carter G. Woodson ("father" of African American History Month) and athlete Althea Gibson; and topics such as performing arts, civil rights, and slavery.
  • African American World: Your Guide to African American History & Culture - PBS
    From Sojourner Truth to Jacob Lawrence, discover the talent that shaped the African American experience.
  • American Black Journal
    Digitized collection of back shows of this television series (originally titled "Colored People's Time"), whose programs "represent a wide variety of African-American viewpoints on issues important to the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan, and the nation as whole." Browse shows from 1968-2000 by date, guest, host, or themes such as "Motor City and Motown." From Detroit Public Television and Michigan State University.
  • An Era of Progress and Promise - From the State Library of North Carolina.
    Website for a 1910 book for those interested in "the history of education, the development of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Negro Business League, religion in the United States, or African-American society in post-Emancipation America. You can read the full text of the book online, or search for profiles of specific institutions ... or biographies of influential African Americans by selecting the 'Browse' options."
  • Langston Hughes at 100
    This online exhibition, created in observance of the centenary of the birth of Langston Hughes (1902-1967), Harlem Renaissance poet, novelist, and playwright, presents images and audio and video clips. Material includes poem manuscripts, video of Hughes reading his poetry, photos, and related material. From the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
  • Let It Resound: Sheet Music in the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection - Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
    Exhibit of sheet music from the genres of minstrelsy (1830s to 1900s), concert spirituals (1890s to 1940s), ragtime and black musical theater (1890s to 1920s), blues and jazz (1910s to 1950s), and R&B and soul (1950s to 1970s). Includes annotated images of covers and background about selected composers and performers.
  • Oberlin and the Struggle for Black Freedom
    Collection of material about the struggle for black freedom in Oberlin, Ohio, and the education of African American students at Oberlin College. (Oberlin was the first college in the United States to regularly admit African American students.) Topics include the 1835 constitution of the Oberlin Anti-Slavery Society, the Underground Railroad, and Martin Luther King's 1965 commencement address. From the Electronic Oberlin Group, with images from the Oberlin College Archives.