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A pathfinder designed to educate people about Black History Month, which celebrates famous African Americans.


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ABC-CLIO Reference Ebooks
Reference Ebooks are a collection of 137 reference titles available online. Some of the titles include:

Recommended E - Books

Black literature criticism [electronic resource] : classic and emerging black writers since 1950 / Jelena O. Krstovic, project editor Detroit, MI : Gale, c2008.

Encyclopedia of African - American culture and history [electronic resource] : the black experience in the Americas / Colin A. Palmer, editor in chief Detroit, MI : Macmillan Reference USA, c2006.

Tobin, Jacqueline From midnight to dawn [electronic resource] : the last tracks of the underground railroad Old Saybrook, CT : Tantor Media, c2007.

Print Resources


Africana : the encyclopedia of the African and the African American experience New York, NY : Basic Civitas Books, c1999. Call # R 909 AF

African American Almanac - 2nd Edition, c2001 10 volumes. Call # R 973.049 AFR

African - American writers : a dictionary / edited by Shari Dorantes Hatch Santa Barbara, CA : ABC - CLIO, Inc., c2000. Call # R 810.989 AFR

Encyclopedia of African American history, 1619 - 1895 : from the colonial period to the age of Frederick Douglas / editor in chief, Paul Finkelman New York, NY : Oxford University Press, c2006. Call # R 973.0496 EN

Encyclopedia of African American history, 1896 to the present : from the age of segregation to the twenty - first century / editor in chief, Paul Finkelman New York, NY : Oxford University Press, c2009. Call # R 973.04 EN

Notable Black American Men / Jessie Carney Smith, editor Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1998. Call # R 920.71 NO

Notable Black American Women / Jessie Carney Smith, editor Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1992. 2 volumes. Call # R 920.72 NO

The Oxford companion to African American literature / editors, William L. Andrews, Francis Smith Foster, Trudier Harris New York, NY : Oxford University Press, c1997. Call # R 810.8 OX

Reference Library of Black America / edited by Jessie Carney Smith, Joseph M. Palmisano Farmington Hills, MI : Gale Group, Inc., c2000. 5 volumes. Call # R 973.01 RE

Sutherland, Jonathan D. African Americans at war : an encyclopedia Santa Barbara, CA : ABC - CLIO, Inc., c2004. Call # R 355 SU


African - American poets : Phillis Wheatley through Melvin B. Tolson / edited by Harold Bloom Philadelphia, PA : Chelsea House Publishers, c2003. Call # 811 AF

Black nature : four centuries of African American nature poetry / edited by Camille T. Dungy Athens, GA : University of Georgia Press, c2009. Call # 808.81 BL

Ciment, James Atlas of African - American history New York, NY : Facts on File, Inc., c2001.

Eyes on the prize : America's civil rights years, 1954 - 1965. Call # 323.4 WI

Lewis, Samella African American art and artists Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, c2003. Call # 704.03 LE

Trouble the water : 250 years of African - American poetry / edited and with an introduction by Jerry W. Ward, Jr. New York, NY : Mentor, c1997. Call # 811.08 TR

Valade III, Roger M. The essential Black literature guide Detroit, MI : Visible Ink Press, c1996. Call # 809.889 VA

African American women writers New York, NY : Wiley, c2000. Call # 810.9 WI


Cleage, Pearl What looks like crazy on an ordinary day New York, NY : Avon Books, [c2009], c1997. Call # F CLE

Bluest Eye New York, NY : Alfred A. Knopf, c1970.  Call # F MOR

Fearless Jones : a novel Boston, MA : Little Brown, c2001. Call # F MOS

Educational Videos

African American lives [videodisc] / a film by Kunhardt Productions ; executive producers, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., William R. Grant, Peter W. Kunhardt ; written by Henry Louis Gates. Jr. ; series producers, Graham Judd, Leslie D. Farrell ; a production of Kunhardt Productions, Inc. and Thirteen/ WNET New York. [Alexandria, VA] : PBS Home Video ; Hollywood, CA : distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, [c2006]. Call # DVD 973 AFR

Africans in America [videorecording] : America's journey through slavery / produced for PBS by WGBH Boston ; produced and directed by Orlando Bagwell, Susan Bellows ; writer, Steve Fayer Boston, MA : WGBH Educational Foundation ; c2000. Call # DVD 973.0496 AFR

The autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman [videorecording] New York, NY : Sony Wonder, c2005. Call # DVD AUT

Eyes on the prize. Vol. 1, Awakenings (1954-1956). Fighting back (1957-1962) [videorecording] : America's civil rights movement / Blackside ; [creator and executive producer, Henry Hampton]. [Alexandria, VA] : PBS Video, [c2006]. Call # DVD 323.4 EYE

Free at last [videorecording] : Civil rights heroes / World Almanac Video ; TLC ; Discovery Channel Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [c2005]. Call # DVD 323.0973 FRE

Ida B. Wells [videorecording] : crusader for human rights Venice, CA : TMW Media Group, c2009. Call # DVD B WELLS

King [videorecording] : man of peace in a time of war North Hollywood, CA : PassPort Video, [c2007]. Call #DVD B King

Voices of civil rights [videorecording] / The History Channel ; A&E Television Networks [Burlington, VT] : A&E Home Video ; New York, NY : Distributed by New Video, [c2006]. Call # DVD 323.092 VOI

Accessible Archives

More History at: http://www.accessible-archives.com/collections/#ixzz1klOp382J

World Wide Web Resources

Black History Month Resource Center -
Gale Research's site provides not only historical information, but also biographies, educational activities, and quizzes. The biography section features 60 prominent African-American men and women, whose sketches are derived from the African American Almanac. A briefly annotated timeline highlights events from 1619 to the present. The literature section features summaries of 35 books taken from the Schomburg Center Guide to Black Literature.

National Civil Rights Museum
Official site of the National Civil Rights Museum located in Memphis Tennessee.

Black History Month Resources
A directory of links to sites celebrating Black History Month, including biographies, articles, almanacs, associations, historical events, encyclopedias, periodicals, military and government sources, archives, research centers, and more.
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