Celebrate Black History Month
The Bridgeport Public Library’s African American History web page is a comprehensive multimedia directory of online resources covering nearly 400 years of
African American history.
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- African American History Digital Library
Directory of Online Publications, Documents, Museum.
- The African American Mosaic
A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History & Culture
- African American Odyssey
Rare and unique items from the Library of Congress’ vast African American collections.
- The African American Registry
The African American Registry® is Black History that connects yesterday with Today.
- African American Web Connection
The record of a race of indomitable people surviving the diaspora.
- African American World
The African American World website draws from both the PBS and NPR to present history and culture in a unique interactive format including a interactive timeline.
- Black Facts Online
Black history information
- Blacks in Government
- Britannica Guide to Black History
The Encyclopædia Britannica Guide to Black History
- National Archives and Records Administration
Black History pages. Includes links to slavery, the reconstruction, segregation, and the civil rights era
- African American Art on the Internet
- Dance in America: Free to Dance
Explore the “Free To Dance” Web companion, which offers information about the PBS series, a dance timeline, essays on dance history and the African American contribution to modern dance, biographies of notable dance personalities, links to relevant dance resources online, and more.
- Gee’s Bend: Quilts and Plantations, Pettways and Bendolphs!
Many of the members of the Bendolph and Pettway families of Bridgeport, Connecticut had their roots in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, which is famous for the quilts its women produce. A Central High School (Bridgeport, CT) web site.
For more information see: The Quilts of Gee’s Bend audio from NPR.
- The Harlem Renaissance
Brought to you by John Carroll University- A multimedia Renaissance.
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
This museum within the Smithsonian Institution is devoted to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.
- Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture
A New York Public Library Site
- A Brief History of Jazz
- African Americans in the Sciences
African American men and women who have contributed to the advancement of science.
- Black History Month – A Medical Perspective
A Duke University Medical Center Library Site – People, Medical Education, Hospitals, Chronology of Achievements, Selective Bibliography
- Black Inventors A-Z
- Mathematicians of the Black Diaspora
- African American Labor History Links
African-American Labor History: Oral History Collections in the Southern Labor Archives
- Black Workers
African American Labor History links from UC Berkeley.
- Milestones in Black History
A concise timeline of important events in African American Labor history provided by Communications Workers of America Local 4319
- Portraits of Blacks
Portraits of Blacks & Labor sponsored by ChickenBones Education, Arts, and Literary Society, Inc (CEALS, Inc.).
- A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum
A Chicago-based museum documenting the history of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first African American labor union to win a collective bargaining contract. Website incudes online exhibit and background history.
- Rearview Mirror: Mr. Ford, blacks and the UAW
The role of African American workers at the Ford Motor Company sponsored by the Detroit News.
- World History Archives: African American working-class history
An online resource guide compiled by the Hartford Web Company.
- African Americans in the US Army
This section of the official US Army site highlights African American service. It discusses notable African-American officers and units and key events.
- Real African American Heroes
A website dedicated to all African Americans who over the years have made a difference.
- The American Revolution’s Black Soldiers
A comprehensive essay and links to other related sites.
- Freedom Fighters: United States Colored Troops in the Civil War
A comprehensive directory of sites about African Americans who fought in the American Civil War.
The mission of the Buffalo Soldier Network is to honor the memory of Buffalo Soldiers – African-American regiments within the U.S. Army after the Civil War – in historical, educational, and genealogical perspectives.
- Tuskegee Airmen
Web site of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc.® A foundation dedicated to preserving the history of America’s first black military airmen.
- Korean War
Black Combat Units in Korean War Action.
- Famous Black Athletes – Biography.com
Highlights famous African Americans in the sports arena
- Black Baseball’s Negro Baseball Leagues
Extensive site dedicated to the players before Jackie Robinson’s days
- Jackie Robinson and other Baseball Highlights 1860-1960
The special presentation called Baseball, the Color Line, and Jackie Robinson, 1860s-1960s draws on approximately thirty items–manuscripts, books, photographs, and ephemera–from many parts of the Library of Congress.
- The African American: A Journey from Slavery to Freedom
The African-American: A Journey from Slavery to Freedom is an exhibit which shows America in crisis and how that point in time was resolved.
- Voices from the Says of Slavery
A comprehensive collection of resources on the topic of slavery from the Library Of Congress.
- Africans in America
America’s journey through slavery is presented in four parts. For each era, you’ll find a historical Narrative, a Resource Bank of images, documents, stories, biographies, and commentaries, and a Teacher’s Guide for using the content of the Web site and television series in U.S. history courses. From PBS online.
- Death or Liberty Exhibition
Exhibition from the Library of Virginia covering Gabriel’s Conspiracy in 1800, Nat Turner’s Rebellion of 1831 and the Harpers Ferry raid of 1859 – includes a selection of transcribed and digitized documents
- Freedom’s Journal
This project by the Wisconsin Historical Society to digitized all 103 issues of the first African American owned and operated newspaper published in the United States (1827-1829).
- Slavery in the United States
This site contains slave accounts, details of the slave system, slave life and the antislavery movement.
Slavery and the Courts
- Slaves and the Courts: 1740-1860
A library of Congress site containing just over a hundred pamphlets and books (published between 1772 and 1889) concerning the difficult and troubling experiences of African and African-American slaves in the American colonies and the United States
- The Amistad Case
Full text of the Amistad decision plus links to other relevant primary source documents from the National Archives.
- The Dred Scott Case
Collection of 85 digitized and transcribed St. Louis Circuit Court records that document the Scotts’ early struggle to gain their freedom through litigation.
- The Confessions of Nat Turner
In response to questions from a white lawyer named Thomas R. Gray, Nat Turner explains why he led his revolt against slavery.
- Slave Code for the District of Columbia
This printed slavery code was published on March 17, 1862, just one month before slavery in the District ended and the laws became of historical interest only.
- Born in Slavery
Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938
- North American Slave Narratives
Documents the individual and collective story of the African American struggle for freedom and human rights in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries.
- Underground Railroad
Resource Bank from PBS
- National Geographic Online
National Geographic presents the Underground Railroad
- Flight to Freedom Game“Flight to Freedom,” allows “players” to experience slavery through the eyes of those who lived it.
- Connecticut Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail has been preserved in history,recognizing the importance to Connecticut of numerous sites in the state that are associated with the heritage and movement towards freedom of its African American Citizens.
- Toward Racial Equality:
Text and imagery found within the pages of Harper’s Weekly Magazine 1857-1874. Warning – Website visitors should be warned that several of the words, descriptions, and images from Harper’s Weekly are considered racially offensive by today’s standards. The materials are presented in order to give a true historical picture of the leading 19th-century newspaper’s view of black Americans.
- Jim Crow History Websites
Explore the complex African American experience of segregation from the 1870’s through the 1950’s.
- Early Civil Rights Struggles
- The Civil Rights Movement
- School Integration
- Brown v. Board of Education
National Historic Site administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
- Civil Rights Movement Veterans
First hand accounts of Civil Rights workers in the Southern Freedom Movement during the 1960s.
- Powerful Days in Black and White
The Civil Rights Photography of Charles Moore
- We Shall Overcome
Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
Historically Important Modern Civil Rights Organizations
- Black Panther Party
This Spartacus Educational website looks at the history of the Black Panther movement and includes biographies of leading figures such as Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Fred Hampton, Eldridge Cleaver, H. Rap Brown and Bobby Hutton.
- Congress of Racial Equality – CORE
Congress of Racial Equality. Founded in 1942, CORE is the third oldest and one of the “Big Four” civil rights groups in the United States.
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – NAACP
For more than ninety-three years, the NAACP has been built on the individual and collective courage of thousands of people. People of all races, nationalities and religious denominations, who were united on one premise –that all men and women are created equal.
- National Urban League
The Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream.
- Southern Christian Leadership Conference – SCLC
Based in Atlanta, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference was established with the goal of redeeming “the soul of America” through nonviolent resistance. Its main objective was to coordinate nonviolent protests throughout the South. Martin Luther King, Jr. served as president of SCLC from its founding in 1957 until his death in 1968.
- Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee – SNCC
This Spartacus Educational website looks at the history of SNCC and includes biographies of leading figures such as John Lewis and Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture)
- In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience
Through images, maps, narratives and music, the exhibition presents, chronicles, and interprets the migratory movements that have formed and transformed the African-American community and the nation in the last century. Presented by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
- Migration: African American Mosaic (Library of Congress)
- The Shifting Pattern Of Black Migration From and Into the Nonmetropolitan South, 1965-95
- The New Great Migration: Black Americans’ Return to the South – 1965-2000
- The Black Population in the United States
Facts on the the Black or African American Population from the U.S. Census Bureau
- African-American Affairs Commission Resources
Links to Connecticut African-American Health Statistics, Connecticut African-American Demographics and much more.
- Black History: Exploring African American Issues
A National Archives site
- Black History Month
Free Resources from Gale’s Black History Month Resource Book.
- Internet African American History Challenge
An interactive quiz that helps you sharpen your knowledge of African American History
- Noble: North of Boston Library Exchange
A collection of Black History Month links from Noble: North of Boston Library Exchange
- African American Biographical Resources
Black History Month Biographies from the Gale Group
- The HistoryMakers.com – African American History Archive
Stories of African American success and achievement.
- Fannie Lou Hamer
A leading figure in the organization of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.
- Jesse Jackson
The Pilgrimage of Jesse Jackson: A Biography of Jesse Jackson, the civil rights leader and minister from PBS Frontline.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Biographical Outline of Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. from The King Center
- Remembering Coretta and Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project
The King Papers Project is a major research effort to assemble and disseminate historical information concerning Martin Luther King, Jr. and the social movements in which he participated.
- Barack H. Obama
From the White House web site
- Rosa Parks
Pioneer of Civil Rights
- Collin Powell
Soldier and Statesman
- Condolezza Rice
Former Secretary of State
- Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman’s Life.
- Malcolm X
Created and maintained by the university of Toledo Africana Studies program.
- African American Resources
RE-LIVE SIGNIFICANT MOMENTS IN HISTORY, LISTEN TO Martin Luther King, Jr., delivering his “I have a dream” speech at the March on Washington, 1963. and other important audio and video material. This site also contains an excellent comprehensive index of African American history sites.
- Birmingham Civil Rights Institute – Resource Center Gallery
First hand accounts from Birmingham Alabama Civil Rights Movement Veterans.
- Black Power
- The History Channel – Black History Month
Speeches, videos and more.
- NPR AUDIO
National Public Radio interviews from Black History Month 2003.
- The Quilts of Gee’s Bend audio from NPR
For generations, the families from a small African American community in Boykin, Alabama called Gee’s Bend have migrated to Bridgeport, Connecticut. Audio from S. Michelle Raiyn.
For more information see Gee’s Bend: Quilts and Plantations, Pettways and Bendolphs! A Central High School (Bridgeport, CT) web site.
- Radio Fights Jim Crow
During the World War Two years, a series of groundbreaking radio programs tried to mend the deep racial and ethnic divisions that threatened America. At a time when blacks were usually shown on the radio as lazy buffoons, the federal government and civil rights activists used radio for a counter attack. Did radio unify America in the face of war? This is “Radio Fights Jim Crow”.
- Voices From the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories
This site provides the opportunity to listen to former slaves describe their lives. These interviews, conducted between 1932 and 1975, capture the recollections of twenty-three identifiable people born between 1823 and the early 1860s and known to have been former slaves.