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This guide is designed to support academic and personal research on the topics of cultural diversity and the African American experience, from history, politics, arts, and intellectual achievements to contemporary issues and contributions.
African American Life is continually updated with links to new library materials and other relevant web resources. Use the tabs to navigate through a variety of research tools and selected content.
Documenting three pivotal decades in the fight for civil rights, this resource showcases the speeches, reports, surveys and analyses produced by Fisk University’s Race Relations Department (1943-1970), including Charles S. Johnson, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., and Thurgood Marshall. Explore key themes such as the desegregation of schools, industries, and public transport; the migration of African Americans from the rural South to urban centers; the role of the church in the civil rights movement; race riots and other racial tensions; and more.
AAC presents multiple aspects of the African American community through pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records, reports and in-depth oral histories, revealing the prevalent challenges of racism, discrimination and integration, and a unique African American culture and identity.
This collection includes several hundred periodicals dating from the early 19th century through the early 20th century. It contains newspapers and magazines as well as reports and annuals from various African American organizations such as churches and educational and service institutions.