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Feb 15 2008

We Need Your Help! African-American Homework Help

by Myguail C

In celebration of Black History Month I have listed nine websites dedicated to the history and culture of African Americans.  They are just a few of my favorites.  History has always been a collection of experiences and knowledge and I realize that the residents of DeKalb County have a plethora of knowledge.

I’d like your input!   So, I’m extending the offer to you, let me know what your favorite African American links are.

Just click on comment and give a brief description of your African American link and share with our community!

Aaexp_2The African American Experience
The African American Experience is an award-winning database featuring full-text access to over 400 volumes of content that give voice to the Black experience from its African origins to the present day.  This is a database the library subscribes to, you will need your card and PIN to access it from home.

African American History
AfricanAmericans.com has over 750 web pages on the African American community. They cover many topics: black history, the civil rights movement, slavery, African American art, to black gospel music. AfricanAmericans.com also includes profiles of famous
African American historical leaders like: Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali,
Frederick Douglass, and current black celebrities: Michael Jordan, Serena
Williams, and many more.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American Culture and History
The African American History and Culture section of the Encyclopedia Smithsonian

Heritage Quest Online
Heritage Quest online represents the most comprehensive collection of genealogical and local history information. In addition to the entire U.S. federal census, Heritage Quest microform products provide vital statistics, military records, special census schedules, ship passenger lists, and much more.  This is a database the library subscribes to, you will need your card and PIN to access it from home.

African American History at About.Com
About.com offers photographs, quotes, history, and a daily this day in African American History section, inventor information and much, much more.

The History Makers
Includes biographical information and audio and visual clips about African Americans who have influenced history.

The Library of Congress
Displays of items from the collections of the Library of Congress focusing on outstanding African Americans who, through their personal contributions and sacrifices, have helped enhance the origins of multiculturalism.

The Black Inventor
Information on black inventors and their inventions.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

SarahT February 17, 2008 at 3:12 PM

I have recently discovered The Black Past, at http://www.blackpast.org/ … and I like it very much. A project of University of Washington (Seattle), The Black Past includes an online encyclopedia of over 1,000 entries; complete transcripts of over 100 speeches given between 1789 and 2004; over 80 full text primary documents; plus bibliographies, timelines, and gateway pages with links to 50 digital archive collections, 75 major African American museums and research centers and over 400 other website resources on black history.

rhughes February 19, 2008 at 1:01 PM

OK, here’s another one for the list…
New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture includes free access to In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience (plus other online sources). Beginning with the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the In Motion site covers 13 separate migrations through the present-day. It has lots of great images and a good search feature, plus bibliographies and links to related websites. (DCPL has copies of the companion book.)

seith vivian March 13, 2013 at 1:56 PM

am an african and really need your help

Jimmy L March 13, 2013 at 2:13 PM

@Seith: We’d be glad to, but please be more specific. With what do you need help? Thanks.

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