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This guide provides a listing of books, DVDs, magazines, newspapers, databases, and websites which can be used to meet your information needs.
Reference Books
  • The five-volume encyclopedia extensively covers the history and culture of people of African descent. More than 4,000 articles discuss prominent individuals, events, trends, places, political movements, art forms, business and trade, religion, ethnic groups, organizations and countries on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • The African-American Almanac provides a range of historical and current information on African American history, society and culture. It includes coverage of such topics as Africa and the African diaspora, film and television, national organizations, religion, science and technology, sports, and more.
The Birmingham Black Barons, one of the most successful baseball teams in the Negro Leagues, played from the 1920s until the 1950s. The team played their home games at Rickwood Field. This database is a keyword index to articles that appeared in local newspapers including the Birmingham News and the Birmingham World. The Government Documents Department of the Birmingham Public Library is compiling this database.
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African-American History Online covers topics such as affirmative action, Africa, black nationalism, civil rights, emancipation, free blacks, the Harlem Renaissance, migrations, racial violence and hate crimes, religion, slave living conditions, slave liberation strategies, social work and philanthropy, sports, and visual arts.
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Library Magazines that are full-text on databases
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MICROFILM:v.9 (Aug. 1978)-v.10 (July 1980) MICROFICHE:v.10 (Aug. 1980)-v.37(July 2007)
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CURRENT TWO YEARS; STACKS: v.33 (Nov. 1977)-v.50 (Oct. 1995);
MICROFILM:v.1,no.1 (1945)-v.39 (Oct. 1984) MICROFICHE:v.40 (Nov. 1984)-2002
African American History Month
  • This site contains information on the founder of ASALH, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson, who established the first Negro History Week, which officially expanded to Black History Month in 1976. Includes a list of the Black History Month themes for the next several years, brief details about the Carter G. Woodson Home (a national historic landmark), and information about the annual essay contest for all full-time graduate and undergraduate students. © Librarians’ Internet Index
  • The Biography Channel website provides a wealth of resources on its Black History page. Users have access to both print and video biographies, some of which are full-length episodes that aired on the network. Also provided are a collection of Black History photos, a Black History timeline, and study guides, as well as sections on African-American achievements and Black History firsts.
Civil Rights
  • Created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement, this website provides a timeline of events that occurred in 1963 along with information about civil rights tours in the city.
  • Companion site to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) American Experience program about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that "explores the last five years in King's life by drawing on the personal recollections and eyewitness accounts of friends, movement associates, journalists, law enforcement officers, and historians, to illuminate this little-known chapter in the story of America's most important and influential moral leader." Includes interview, an opinion poll, links to timelines, maps, and a teacher's guide. © Librarians’ Internet Index
A compelling combination of storytelling and science, this series uses genealogy, oral histories, family stories and DNA to trace roots of several accomplished African Americans down through American history and back to Africa.
Explore with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed--forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds.
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