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Also see African American Literature, African American Health, and Urban Fiction/Street Lit.

For a list of local African American history resources, visit this page or stop by the local history department on the fourth floor of the library. Some items of interest include biographical files, photographic collections, manuscripts, oral histories, and newspaper clipping files.

Web Resources

African American Odyssey A wonderful site from the Library of Congress.

Africans in America PBS source for images, documents, stories, biographies, and commentaries relating to slavery and early African American history. Remembered and Reclaimed An exploration of African American history with both primary and secondary documents.

Drop Me Off in Harlem A great place to learn about the Harlem Renaissance.

Historical Places of the Civil Rights Movement

Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers A project at Stanford University

NAACP National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Reporting Civil Rights Reporters and journalism of the American Civil Rights Movement

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture A wealth of resources from the New York Public Library.

Voices of Civil Rights A collaboration to collect and preserve personal accounts of America's struggle to fulfill the promise of equality for all.

  • Also, the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections department of the library has compiled a collection of local newspaper clippings pertaining to African Americans from as far back as 1830! Check out the index!
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