AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE UNITED STATES: THE BEST INTERNET RESOURCES STEPHEN PERRY, IRO and SUZAN METRY, IRC SPECIALIST CAIROIRC@STATE.GOV PERRYLS@STATE.GOV 797-3411
In this Presentation... We shall bring to light the enormous African-American resources available on the Internet We shall also acquaint you with what we have on African-American Studies
History of African-American History Month. But first the History and reason behind the celebration of African-American History Month..Contributions of African-Americans have never been properly documented or recorded. Blacks have largely been left out of the written record for America, but this is now slowly being rectified.The designation of February as Black History month was an attempt to remedy this historical neglect..Who started the month and the celebrations? In 1926, Dr Carter Woodson, a Harvard Ph.D who founded the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life, initiated “Negro History Week.”
History of African-American History Month. What was the special significance behind February being chosen as the month for these celebrations?.Dr. Woodson chose February because it included the Birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln--two men associated with championing Black causes..How did the celebrations expand from a week to a month?.During the Nation’s Bicentennial in 1976, various Afrocentric organizations expanded the week-long celebration to provide more time for programs, speakers, observances and celebrations..Shortly after this, Embassies around the world and Universities in the U.S. devoted February to speakers and special programs recognizing the enormous contributions of Blacks to American society.
How to Research African American History From Rutgers University Libraries
From Documenting the American South Project: Slave Narratives: http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/index.html
Library of Congress Collections: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aaohtml http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aaohtml
Library of Congress Digitized Collections via the American Memory Project.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS: SLAVE NARRATIVE PROJECT: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/snhtml/snhome.html
African American Collections: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/browse/ListSome.php?c ategory=African%20American%20History
Digitized Collections via the Georgetown University Project for American Studies: http://lumen.georgetown.edu/projects/asw/aswlinks.cfm?head1=Race%2C%20Eth nicity%2C%20and%20Identity&head2=African%20American%20Resources