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African American Resources

 
Historical Baltimore Afro-American Newspaper database - March for Jobs photoBaltimore Afro-American - Historical Newspaper (1893-1988)
The Baltimore Afro-American was one of the most widely circulated African American newspapers. The paper's contributors have included writer Langston Hughes, intellectual J. Sunders Redding, artist Romare Beardon, and sports editor Sam Lacy.  To see Baltimore history unfold, start here.

 

African American Experience imageAfrican American Experience  
The African American Experience provides user friendly electronic access to over 400 reference works covering African American scholarship from earliest times to present day. This database includes slave narratives and primary documents as well as audio clips, music and interviews with notable African Americans. This is part of the American Mosaic Series.

Black Drama imageBlack Drama (Alexander Street Press) 
Starting with Victorian plays and working up to the present, Black Drama  includes plays and biographies, play bills, images, production notes, performance information and much more.

Black Short Fiction imageBlack Short Fiction (Alexander Street Press)  
Black Short Fiction brings together works by writers from Africa and the African Diaspora, from earliest times to present. It presents traditions ranging from earliest times to the present. It presents traditions ranging from early african oral traditions to Hip Hop and covers fables, parables, ballads, folktales, short stories, trickster tales, story cycles and novellas.

Black Thought and Culture imageBlack Thought and Culture (Alexander Street Press)  
Black Thought and Culture connects students and researchers with works by leading African Americans. More than 100,000 pages of monographs, speeches, essays, articles and interviews, written by leaders within the black community from earliest times to 1975, illustrate the evolution of what it means to "be black". Teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, veterans, entertainers and others are represented.

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