"We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice." --- Carter Woodson (on founding Negro History Week, 1926)
The Gordon Avenue Library has a special African-American collection. The Roland E. Beauford Sr., African American Collection, includes a selection of the best books and other materials, fiction and non-fiction, by and/or about African Americans.
Below you will find a selected list of websites that contain information about the African American experience in the United States.
CREATED EQUAL: A FILM-BASED DISCUSSION SERIES ON CIVIL RIGHTS
Join JMRL and the Charlottesville Office of Human Rights in a community discussion of the Civil Rights Movement and its ongoing effects on society. Each evening features segments of award-winning documentaries focused on one aspect of the Civil Rights Movement, and ends with audience discussions led by prominent community members and scholars. Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Thursdays at 6 pm on January 15, January 29, February 12, and February 26. More Information See individual sessions below.
Check the JMRL Reads Wiki
Central Library Brown Baggers Book Group: Thursday,
February 19, 12 pm
Louisa County Library Tuesday Evening Book Discussion
Group: Tuesday, February 24, 7 pm
AFRICAN-AMERICAN FIRSTS: a look at African Americans who achieved major firsts in such areas as journalism, entertainment, the military, history, and politics, noting the dates of each event.
AMERICAN UPRISING: the untold story of America's largest slave revolt.
ATLAS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY: text, maps, and illustrations introduce African cultures and trace African American history from the slave trade through the Civil War, emancipation, the early twentieth century, and the civil rights movement to the present..
CARTER G. WOODSON: FATHER OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY: the biography of the son of former slaves who received a Ph.D. in history from Harvard and devoted his life to bringing the achievements of his race to the world's attention.
LIFE UPON THESE SHORES: chronicles the most important figures and events, both famous and overlooked, in African-American history.
ON MY JOURNEY NOW: tells the story of Africans in America through the words of 46 spirituals.
ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS: a revealing personal account by the legendary basketball star, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, traces his childhood in Harlem, his professional career, and the pivotal influence of the Harlem Renaissance on black culture in the United States.
1001 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY: A comprehensive and entertaining account of the most significant events, individuals, and social movements in African American history is presented in a concise, easy-to-read format.
SISTER DAYS: a collection of meditations celebrates the stories and legacies of African American women who made a difference.
VIRGINIA SHADE: an African American history of Falmouth, VA.
Search for more information:
- African American Heritage in Virginia
A Virginia Foundation for the Humanities webpage that explores the African American Heritage.
- African American Historic Sites Database
A Virginia Foundation for the Humanities initiative designed to encourage tourism to African American heritage sites and organizations in Virginia while increasing knowledge of the African-American experience.
- The African-American Migration Experience
Compiled by The New York Public Library and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The Web site is organized around thirteen defining migrations that have formed and transformed African America and the nation. Each migration is presented through five units and the site presents more than 16,500 pages of texts, 8,300 illustrations, and more than 60 maps.
- The Africana Heritage Project: Researching African American Genealogy, History and Culture
The mission of this project is to rediscover precious records that document the names and lives of slaves, freed persons and their descendants, and make that information available on this free, public access website.
- Afro-American Sources in Virginia: A Guide to Manuscripts
Presents the information derived from a survey of the resources in Virginia repositories, describing the principal collections of interest to scholars concerned with the Afro-American experience.
- Explorations in Black Leadership
This site features a collection of interviews of leaders in the black community. Conducted chiefly by Julian Bond, national chairman of the NAACP and professor of history at the University of Virginia, these oral histories focus on issues of black leadership and the transformational role of the civil rights movement in America.
- Freedman's Bureau - Virginia
Established in the War Department by an act of March 3, 1865, the Bureau supervised all relief and educational activities relating to refugees and freedmen, including issuing rations, clothing and medicine. The Bureau also assumed custody of confiscated lands or property in the former Confederate States, border states, District of Columbia, and Indian Territory.
- The Geography of Slavery in Virginia
This is a digital collection of advertisements for runaway and captured slaves and servants in 18th- and 19th-century Virginia newspapers. Building on the rich descriptions of individual slaves and servants in the ads, the project offers a personal, geographical and documentary context for the study of slavery in Virginia, from colonial times to the Civil War. One of the projects of the Virginia Center for Digital History.
- Race and Place: An African-American Community in the Jim Crow South - Charlottesville, Virginia
Race and Place is an archive about the racial segregation laws, or the 'Jim Crow' laws from the late 1880s until the mid-twentieth century. The focus of the collection is Charlottesville in Virginia. The archive contains photos, letters, two regional censuses and a flash map of the town of Charlottesville. This research effort is a collaborative project of the Virginia Center for Digital History and the Carter G. Woodson Institute of African and Afro-American Studies.
- Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture
Another project of the Virginia Center for Digital History. The funding for this site was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.
- Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
Information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. It offers researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history.
- African American Cemeteries in Albemarle County
- African American Cemeteries Online
- Albemarle Charlottesville NAACP
- Burke Brown Steppe Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
- Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies
- History Channel Black History Month
- Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
- Jamestown & Yorktown Settlement Victory Center - From Africa to Virginia
- Papers of the Barrett Daycare Center