February is Black History Month, also called African American History Month. Black History Month is a time to learn about and celebrate the history and achievements of African Americans. While it is important recognize the long history of contributions African Americans have made to American society and culture, in recent years, some people within the African American community have been critical of Black History Month, saying that African American history is part of American history and shouldn't be celebrated for one month and ignored the rest of the year. Furthermore, some argue, the way that Black History Month is too often presented in schools is a "white-washed" version of history that privileges select black voices that are not threatening to the majority white population while ignoring lesser known or marginalized people, and that it lacks connection to contemporary issues of civil rights and racial justice.
This guide is a minor attempt to present an alternative, broader view of African American by featuring art, oral histories, and archival collections that shed light on the lives of average people, and that share the achievements of historical figures who, while lesser known, also made great contributions to African American culture and/or American society at large.
This is by no means a complete list. If you have a web resource that you think belongs on this guide, please email the library. Share the link with us and let us know why you think it should be included.
Users worldwide can find, in this virtual Schomburg Center, exhibitions, books, articles, photographs, prints, audio and video streams, and selected external links for research in the history and cultures of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora
In Motion presents a new interpretation of African-American history, one that focuses on the self-motivated activities of peoples of African descent to remake themselves and their worlds. With 16,000 pages of text, 8,300 illustrations, numerous maps, and lesson plans, this exhibition documents 400 years of migration to, within and out of the United States.
StoryCorps Griot is an initiative to ensure that the voices, experiences, and life stories of African Americans will be preserved and presented with dignity. The Griot Initiative also documents the varied voices of people with roots in the African Diaspora living in the United States.