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Down to the Crossroads - Aram Goudsouzian Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle that Changed a Nation - Jonathan Rieder Ready for a Brand New Beat: How Dancing in the Street Became the Anthem for a Changing America - Mark Kurlansky American Uprising: The Untold Story Of America's Largest Slave Revolt - Daniel Rasmussen Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation - Clarence B. Jones, Stuart Connelly Burial for a King: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Funeral and the Week that Transformed Atlanta and Rocked the Nation - Rebecca Burns Clamorgans: One Family's History of Race in America - Julie Winch Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present: From the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-first Century - Paul Finkelman Extraordinary, Ordinary People - Condaleezza Rice Fraternity - Diane Brady Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America - Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts Harlem the Four Hundred Year History from Dutch Village to Capital of Black America - Jonathan Gill Inherently Unequal: The Betrayal of Equal Rights by the Supreme Court, 1865-1903 - Lawrence Goldstone Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008 - Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Marshalling Justice: The Early Civil Rights Letters of Thurgood Marshall - Michael G. Long The Obamas: The Untold Story of an African Family - Peter Firstbrook Reimagining Equality - Anita Hill Sister Citizen - Melissa V. Harris-Perry To Free a Family: the Journey of Mary Walker - Sydney Nathans The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration - Isabel Wilkerson The African American Family Album - Dorothy Hoobler African American Military Heroes - James Haskins African American Teachers - Clinton Cox African American Women Writers - Brenda Scott Wilkinson Alex Haley, Author - David Shirley The American Journey of Barack Obama - Life Books American Roots Music - Robert George-Warren Santelli Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Malcolm X Black, Blue, and Gray: African Americans in the Civil War - James Haskins Black Artists in Photography - George Sullivan Black Pioneers: An Untold Story - William Loren Katz Coretta Scott - Ntozake Shange Escape From Slavery: the Boyhood of Frederick Douglass in His Own Words - Frederick Douglass Extraordinary People of the Harlem Renaissance - P. Stephen Hardy Freedom Flyers: the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II - J. Todd. Moye The Greatest: Muhammad Ali - Walter Dean Myers Hand in Hand Ten Black Men Who Changed America - Andrea Davis Pinkney, J. Brian Pinkney Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad - David A. Adler I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African-American Poetry Jackie Robinson: American Hero - Sharon Robinson Jesse Jackson: Civil Rights Leader and Politican - Robert E. Jakoubek Joe Louis: Hard Times Man - Randy Roberts Jubilee: the Emergence of African American Culture - Howard Dodson The Life of Langston Hughes - Arnold Rampersad The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron - Howard Bryant Lest We Forget: the Passage From Africa to Slavery and Emancipation - Velma Maia Thomas Like Men of War: Black Troops in the Civil War, 1862-1865 - Noah Andre Trudeau I Have a Dream - Martin Luther King, Jr. Maya Angelou: Author - Miles Shapiro For the Love of the Game: My Story - Michael Jordan Masterpieces of African-American Literature The Norton Anthology of African American Literature Notes of a Native Son - James Baldwin The 100 Best African American Poems - Nikki Giovanni Oprah: A Biography - Kitty Kelley The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry The Oxford Companion to African American Literature Pops: A life of Louis Armstrong - Terry Teachout Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present - Deborah Willis Powerful Words: Excerpts From Famous Speeches and Writings by African Americans - Wade Hudson The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks - Jeanne Theoharis Simple Justice: the History of Brown V. Board of Education - Richard Kluger Sojourner Truth - Connie Roop Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell - Karen DeYoung The Souls of Black Folk - W. E. B. Du Bois Tell All the Children Our Story: Memories and Mementos of Being Young and Black in America - Tonya Bolden Till Victory Is Won: Black Soldiers in the Civil War - Zak Mettger Up From Slavery - Booker T. Washington


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Videos
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African American Lives African American Lives 2 The African Americans Many Rivers to Cross Against The Odds the Artists of the Harlem Renaissance Betty & Coretta Citizen King Voices of Civil Rights The Civil War For Love of Liberty the Story of America's Black Patriots 42: The Jackie Robinson Story Glory The March: The Story of the Greatest March in American History More Than a Month Red Tails Roots Roots The Next Generation


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About.com: Black History Month
An extensive guide including educational resources in the following categories: "Teaching Black History Month," "Biographies," "Glossary," "Photographs," "Timelines," "Primary Documents," "Quotes," "Civil Rights Movement E-Course." Additional sections further down the main menu include: "Culture and Conflicts," "Local Events and History," and "Profiles and Personalities."
African American Almanac
Part of the Thrall's Virtual Reference Library. Available to members of Middletown Thrall Library.
African American History Month.gov
Texts, videos, historical information and more provided by The Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
African-American Mosaic
"A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History & Culture"
African-American Odyssey
From the Library of Congress. Includes images and text. Topics include "African-American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship," "The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress," "Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights, 1860s-1960s," "Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938," and "Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860."
African American Song Database
"This online music collection includes genres such as jazz, blues, gospel, ragtime, folk songs, sacred music, and more. There are approximately 16,000 tracks of historical recordings." Available to members of Middletown Thrall Library.
African-American World
PBS presents a guide to Black History with historical highlights in areas such as "Arts & Culture," "Race and Society," and "Profiles." Additional information and activity information is available for teachers/parents and children. Note the links at the top of PBS' page as well: Timeline, Reference Room, Kids, Classroom, Community, and Resources. Over 300 articles on famous African-Americans and notable events in Black History are available in the "Reference Room" at that site.
AFRO-American Newspaper Archive
"The AFRO-American Newspapers, one of the nation's oldest news organizations dedicated to covering the African American community, has created a comprehensive collection of over a million articles that captures the African American experience in business, civil rights, education, health, law, and sports beginning in the late 19th century. Google partnered with the AFRO and helped to digitize the newspaper's historic archives and make them searchable on-line and available to anyone, anywhere in the world."
Biography.com: Celebrate Black History Month
Biographies of African-Americans, a timeline, activities, videos, and more.
Black Culture Connection
From PBS. Described as a "resource and guide to films, stories and voices across public television centered around Black history & culture."
Black History: Featured Poets and Poems
"Celebrate and explore the rich tradition of African American poetry through essays on literary milestones, intersections of music, poetry and art, and profiles and poems of historical and contemporary poets who continue to pioneer new ground while keeping an eye on the past." From the Academy of American Poets.
Black History: Online Resources
Includes: The American Image: Portrait of Black Chicago, Black Family Research: Using Records of the Post Civil War Federal Agencies at the National Archives, The Freedmen's Bureau Preservation Project, and more. From the The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
Black Oral History
"interviews conducted by Quintard Taylor and his associates, Charles Ramsay and John Dawkins. They interviewed African American pioneers and their descendents throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, from 1972-1974." The Real Audio Player (or compatible media player) required to hear the interviews.
BlackPast.org
A collection and directory of sources for six centuries of African American History. Includes an online encyclopedia of people, places, churches, associations and events. From a professor of American History at University of Washington. This a wonderful place to start research or to spend some time browsing.
Culture and Change: Black History in America
From Scholastic. Activities and educational resources for young people, parents, and teachers.
EDSITEment: Black History Month
Directory of resources from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). See also their Guide to Black History Month Teaching Resources.
Encyclopedia Britannica Guide to Black History
View a timeline, explore eras in Black History, access hundreds of full text articles arranged by subject, audio/video clips, and a bibliography. Additional links and a study guide are available at the bottom of their page.
Government Documents: Tuskegee Airmen
Resource guide from University of South Alabama.
History Channel: Black History
Text and images arranged in the following sections: "History of the Civil Rights Struggle," "African-American Icons," "Video Clips," "Great Speeches," "Maps," "Exhibits," and "Related Resources."
In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience
From New York Public Library. Described as followed by NYPL: "In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience presents more than 16,500 pages of texts, 8,300 illustrations, and more than 60 maps. The Web site is organized around thirteen defining migrations that have formed and transformed African America and the nation. Each migration is presented through five units: 1. A narrative; 2. About 100 illustrations, each with caption, and bibliographical, indexing, and ordering information; 3. From twenty to forty research resources consisting of essays, books, book chapters, articles, and manuscripts; 4. Maps; 5. Lesson plans for teachers."
Infoplease Presents: Black History Month
Access information in the following categories: History and Timelines, Contemporary Issues, Special Features (Quotations, Inventors, Harlem Renaissance and more), Holidays, Education, Awards and Firsts, Quizzes & Crosswords
ipl2: Black History Month Resources
Black History websites indexed by the librarians at ipl2.
National Geographic: The Underground Railroad
An interactive and illustrated history of slavery and the Underground Railroad. Note: the drop-down menu at the top of their page leads to other related sections in their site.
Poems to Celebrate Black History Month
"Poems that explore the African-American experience." From The Poetry Foundation.
Presidential Proclamation: National African American History Month, 2014
From The White House, Preident Barack Obama.
Smithsonian: African-American History
Bibliographies and other information on topics including: African American Art and Artists, African American Teaching Resources, African American Inventors, African American Stories for Children, Always There: The African American Presence in American Quilts, Before Freedom Came: African American Life in the Antebellum South, Body and Soul: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Harlem Renaissance, Harriet Tubman: A Selected Children's Bibliography, When the Spirit Moves: African American Dance in History and Art. Please note: you must first select (check) "African American History" in their "Topics" list and click the "Search Topics" button. You might also want to check out their African American Cultural Heritage and Educator Resources pages.
U.S. Census: Black History Month 2014
Census statistics for African-Americans (voting, income, population, and more).
Voyage to Discovery
"Voyage to Discovery is a multimedia educational initiative highlighting African-American contributions to the country's maritime heritage while fostering increased participation in marine careers and ocean conservation. Journey through time to discover the untold stories of African-Americans and the sea through education, archaeology, science - and underwater exploration!" From NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries' Maritime Heritage Program, Murrain Associates,Inc., and the National Association of Black Scuba Divers.
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Civil Rights Movement & Leaders

Beyond Dr. King: More Stories of African-American Achievement
"Profiles of less-prominent African American heroes." From the U.S. Department of State: "Help us write this book. We'll post the first chapters here at regular intervals and we ask readers to suggest future chapters we will include in the Living Book."
Free at Last: The U.S. Civil Rights Movement
"This book recounts how African-American slaves and their descendants struggled to win - both in law and in practice - the civil rights enjoyed by other Americans. It is a story of dignified persistence and struggle, a story that produced great heroes and heroines, and one that ultimately succeeded by forcing Americans to confront squarely the shameful gap between their universal principles of equality and justice and the inequality, injustice, and oppression faced by millions of their fellow citizens." Adobe PDF format. From the U.S. Department of State.
Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement
Overview from Factmonster.com
King Institute Encyclopedia
"Search here for information on over 1000 civil rights movement figures, events and organizations; a chronology of the movement, and full-text documents published online." From The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University
Read and hear various writings and speeches. Audio feeds require Quicktime or the Real audio player (or compatible media player).
Notable Civil Rights Leaders
Brief biographies. From Factmonster.com.
Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights
A brief biography from Scholastic.com.
We Shall Overcome
Historical places of the Civil Rights Movement. Click the "List of Sites" to learn more about different historic locations. From the National Parks Service (NPS.gov)
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OpenCourseWare (OCW)

Free Online Lessons + Learning Materials from Univerities

African American History: From Emancipation to the Present
"The purpose of this course is to examine the African American experience in the United States from 1863 to the present. Prominent themes include the end of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction; African Americans’ urbanization experiences; the development of the modern civil rights movement and its aftermath; and the thought and leadership of Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X." From Yale University.
African-American History: Modern Freedom Struggle
"This course introduces the viewer to African-American history, with particular emphasis on the political thought and protest movements of the period after 1930, focusing on selected individuals who have shaped and been shaped by modern African-American struggles for freedom and justice." From Stanford University.
African American History II
Described as "a course that examines the broad range of experiences of African Americans from the close of the American Civil War to the 1980s. We will explore both the relationship of blacks to the larger society and the inner dynamic of the black community. We will devote particular attention to Reconstruction, the migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North, and the political machinations of the African American community." From The University of Notre Dame.
African American Studies
"This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to important historical, cultural, literary, and political issues concerning African Americans. Through critical readings of literary, artistic, and filmic texts, this course provides an overview of African American experiences from the 17th through mid-20th centuries. Emphasis will be placed on developing an understanding of the historical and cultural experiences of African Americans from the beginning of the Transatlantic Slave Trade through the Civil Rights Movement. To focus our journey, the course begins with a discussion of the discourse of African American Studies as an academic discipline. Students will proceed to examine the process of forced emigration from Africa, chattel slavery in the British Colonies, the formation of African American identity in the 18th and 19th centuries, and struggles for social transformation and resistance by African Americans in the United States." From University of California, Irvine.
Black Matters: Introduction to Black Studies
"This class is an interdisciplinary survey that explores the experiences of people of African descent through the overlapping approaches of history, literature, anthropology, legal studies, media studies, performance, linguistics, and creative writing. It connects the experiences of African Americans and of other American minorities, focusing on social, political, and cultural histories, and on linguistic patterns. Activities include lectures, discussions, workshops, and required field trips that involve minimal cost to students." From Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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Photographs & Documents

The Emancipation Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln, 1863
Online edition and text of this historic document. Provided by the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA).
From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1822-1909
"396 pamphlets from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, published from 1822 through 1909, by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics." From the Library of Congress' American Memory Exhibit.
Library of Congress Collections: African Americans in History
Online exhibits, documents, photographs, and more.
Gladstone Collection of African American Photographs
"The William A. Gladstone Collection of African American Photographs provides almost 350 images showing African Americans and related military and social history. The Civil War era is the primary time period covered, with scattered examples through 1945."
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For Teachers

Black History Month Lessons & Resources, Grades K-5
"Integrating African-American Culture and History into Your Curriculum." From National Education Association (NEA).
Black History Month Teaching Resources, Grades 7-12
"Celebrate Black History Month in your classroom this February with 17 lesson plans and resources that cover topics ranging from important civil rights anniversaries to discussions about race in current events. These resources provide authentic student-driven learning experiences that will help all kids understand and honor Black History Month." From PBS NewsHour.
Black History Teaching Resources
From Smithsonian Education.
Civil Rights
"Explore the fight for voting rights as well as the racial history of the United States in sports and schools. Study maps, baseball cards and political cartoons as well as pamphlets, legal documents, poetry, music, and the personal correspondence and oral histories of the famous and the ordinary." From the Library of Congress. See also their From Slavery to Civil Rights website.
Lesson Plans
"Lessons on Black History in general." Topics include The Great Migration and Harlem Renaissance, The Civil Rights Movement, Affirmative Action, Race and the Media, and more. From The New York Times Learning Network.
Teacher Resources
"Here you will find links to e-Learning activities, the NCRM Teacher's Curriculum Guide, worksheets, primary source analysis guides, scavenger hunts, and much more. From the National Civil Rights Museum.
See also: OpenCourseWare (OCW)
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For Young Researchers

African-American History Timeline
Key facts and dates. From Factmonster.com.
Black Scientists & Inventors
Names, dates, and inventions. From Factmonster.com
Famous Firsts by African Americans
Names, dates, and achievements. From Factmonster.com.
Nick Jr.: Black History Printables
Fun facts, activities, printable pictures. From Nickelodeon.
Notable African-Americans
Brief biographies of scholars, atheletes, entertainers, and more. From Factmonster.com
Reading Rockets: Black History Month
- Topics include: Writers, Illustrators, Storytellers, Children's Books, Activities, People and Eevents, Guides to Black History, Television Programs.
Scholastic: Black History in America
Information, videos, and activities for students, parents, and teachers.
Time for Kids: Black History Month
A website for young persons interested in learning more about African-American history.
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