Black History

KPL staff-selected resources. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

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Databases (most require KPL library card)

Biography in Context (Home Access)

Biographical information of contemporary & historical figures.

Heritage Quest (Home Access)

Includes family histories, local histories, and primary sources in full images.

InfoTrac All Using PowerSearch

Magazines, journals, newspapers, reference books, ebooks available in the library or at home with your KPL library card or with your Michigan Driver's License or ID by going to Mel.org
Includes Computer Database; Custom Newspapers; General Reference Center Gold; Grand Rapids Press; Expanded Academic ASAP; General Business File ASAP; Legal Trac; InfoTrac Onefile; Health Reference Center Academic ASAP

InfoTrac Custom Newsstand (Home Access)

A collection of approximately 900 full text newspapers from around the country and the world. Includes the last 12 months of the New York Times and the Grand Rapids Press (1996-current).

Newspapers and Magazines

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African American Review

Black Enterprise

Community Voices

Crisis

Ebony

Essence

Jet

Michigan Chronicle

Sister 2 Sister

Community Resources

Black Arts & Cultural Center

Concerned Black Women's Roundtable

Dulcet Club

Kalamazoo Push for Learning

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Northside Association for Educational Advancement

Saturday Eves' Book Club

Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society

Southwestern Michigan Urban League

Websites

AARL - Auburn Avenue Research Library

A special library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History offers specialized reference and archival collections for the study and research of Black culture.

African American History

Internet resources from the library at the University of Washington.

African American Odyssey

Showcases the African American collections of the Library of Congress.

Black Abolitionists

University of Detroit Mercy Black Abolitionists Archive. Search by name, orgainization, subject or date.

Black Archives of Mid America

Based in mid-America, this archive site can be browsed or searched.

Black History Month

Links and information provided by Infoplease.

Black History

Resources exploring black history in Michigan.

Black Inventors - from About.com

List of African American patent holders,  individual biographies of African American inventors and much more.

Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

Archival collection and research museum chronicling the African American experience West of the Mississippi River.

Historical Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights

Thurgood Marshall Law Library's complete electronic record of United States Commission on Civil Rights publications held in the Library's collection and available on the USCCR Web site.

Michigan Historical Markers - Black History

Provides background information, a photograph and a map for each site.

NAACP

Information on both state and local levels for NAACP interests. 

National Civil Rights Museum

Exhibits and events.

Official Kwanzaa Web Site

Learn more about Kwanzaa, a celebration of community, culture and family.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

A national research library devoted to collecting, preserving and providing access to resources documenting the history and experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world.

The Emancipation Proclamation

View the digitized version of the Emancipation Proclamation from the National Archives and Records Administration.

Underground Railroad: the Struggle Against Slavery

An exciting digital history project focused on commemorating the Underground Railroad and sponsored by The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. 

Genealogy

African Ancestry, Inc.

Uses current advances in science and genetic technology to provide a bridge to the past for people of African descent searching to identify their ancestral homeland.

AfriGeneas-African Ancestored Genealogy

Provides resources, leadership, promotion, and advocacy for the mutual development and use of a system of genealogy for researching African related ancestry.

Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc.

Strives to preserve African-ancestored family history, genealogy, and cultural diversity by teaching research techniques and disseminating information.

Cyndi's List - African American

Web resources for African American genealogy. A useful place to start, also includes a list of appropriate societies.

In Literature

African American Literature Book Club - Author Index

A - Z listing of authors from the African American Literature Book Club. 

African American Literature Book Club

An online portal to contemporary African American literature that includes a searchable database powered by bookstores, author profiles, writers resources, bestsellers book reviews, discussion boards, literary events, chat room, and newsletter.

African American Women Writers of the 19th Century

This is a digital collection of some 52 published works by 19th-century black women writers.A part of the Digital Schomburg, this collection provides access to the thought, perspectives and creative abilities of black women writers before 1920.

Cush City

World's largest African American selection of DVD's, videos, books and more.

QBR The Black Book Review Online

QBR is a book review exclusively dedicated to books about the Africana experience.


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photo of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
speaking in Kalamazoo,
18 December 1963

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