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African-American Historical Linkages with South Africa

Because of their shared experiences with white domination and segregation in industrializing nations, African Americans and Africans in South Africa have forged close ties with each other since the la

Freedom's Story: Teaching African American Literature and History

Essays by leading scholars.

A Modern History of Blacks in Mathematics

On this web page we consider a contemporary history of Blacks in Mathematics, not Who are the greatest Black Mathematicians. Here you can learn about (and even before) the first African Americans in t

The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship

The exhibition The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship, showcases the incomparable African American collections of the Library of Congress. Displaying more than 240 items, including

Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy

In 1984, a professor at Rutgers University stumbled upon a trove of historic data in a courthouse in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. Over the next 15 years, Dr. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, a noted New Orle

An Early History - African American Mental Health

A review of the history of mental health includes few references to the African-American experience. Robert Meinsma’s Brief History of Mental Therapy offers a review of philosophical and medical

The Unrecognized First

Emory Malick, the first African-American pilot, wasn’t known to historians until recently.

Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman (January 26, 1892 – April 30, 1926) was an American civil aviator. She was the first female pilot of African American descent and was also the first woman of Native American descent t

"Liberty to slaves": The black response

The story of how the original thirteen American colonies broke away from Great Britain and formed the United States is well known. Less well known is how African-Americans felt and what they did durin

Documenting the American South

Documenting the American South (DocSouth) is a digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture. Curre

Freedmen and Southern Society Project

No event in American history matches the drama of emancipation. More than a century later, it continues to stir the deepest emotions, and properly so. In the United States, emancipation accompanied th

History of Black Firefighters

This is an effort to pay tribute to the many volunteer and paid firefighters of color. Not in recent years but in the nineteenth century and early twentieth century. This time period is chosen because