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African American History Resources

26 January 2010

Black (African-American) History Month: February 2010

To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month. Each year, U.S. presidents proclaim February as National African-American History Month.
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Browse book titles in the Berkeley City College circulating collection with the subject heading African American  by clicking HERE



Videos may be viewed in the library only


  • Africans in America VHS 7147
  • The Black American history series VHS 43-47
  • Black is– black ain’t : a personal journey through black identity VHS 59
  • The Black press: soldiers without swords VHS 50
  • Civil War VHS 7150
  • The divided union: the story of the American Civil War 1861-1865 VHS 3504-3508
  • Ethnic notions DVD 5957
  • Eyes on the prize VHS 7148
  • Jazz VHS 7128
  • Massachuserrs 54th colored infantry VHS 7136
  • Religions of the world: African and African American Religions VHS 7262
  • Unchained memories  : readings from the slave narratives DVD 5975
  • Wattstax DVD 3761


  • Frederick Douglass : an American life VHS 5
  • Marcus Garvey: look for me in the whirlwind VHS 5948
  • Voices and visions : Langston Hughes VHS 2133
  • Zora Neale Hurston: a heart with room for every joy DVD 5969
  • Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement VHS 5310
  • Citizen King (MLK) DVD 3766
  • Legacy of a dream (MLK) VHS 4
  • Toni Morrison profile of a writer VHS 48
  • For my people: the life and writing of Margaret Walker VHS 60




Berkeley Public Library (BPL) ( )also has a collection of books and videos dealing with African American subjects.  The main library is just two blocks away from BCC and any California resident is entitled to a free a BPL card.

African American Museum and Library :
The African American Museum and Library at Oakland is dedicated to discover, preserve, interpret and share the historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West for present and future generations.

KQED proudly celebrates the richness and diversity of the greater San Francisco Bay Area by commemorating February, Black History Month. The guide highlights KQED Public TV 9 and Public Radio 88.5 FM programs focused on African-American themes and issues, along with listings of community resources

Black History Month Events in Oakland

City of Oakland Events

City of Berkeley Events





GALE’s Black History Month Free Resources

The Internet African American History Challenge
The Internet African American History Challenge© is an interactive quiz that helps you sharpen your knowledge of African American History. It’s an “open book” test. So if you’re not sure of an answer, you can check our reference material for help. Level I is the easiest and has 7 questions while levels II & III have 10 questions each and are a bit more challenging.

African American World
A guide to African American history and culture from

Library of Congress African American History Month Site:
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

FREE Federal Resources for Educational Excellence:
More than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources are included from dozens of federal agencies. New sites are added regularly including African American history Resources

Census data regarding African Americans:

Association for the Study of African American Life and History:
The mission of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the global community.

Digital Historical Texts–Africana Library, Cornell University:
Cornell University Library links to digital historical texts

Documenting the American South:
collection of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century.
In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience:;jsessionid=f8301821611248398824376?bhcp=1
“In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience presents a new interpretation of African-American history, one that focuses on the self-motivated activities of peoples of African descent to remake themselves and their worlds.”

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture:
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is generally recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world. For over 80 years the Center has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life, and promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent.

Making of America:
Digital library of primary resources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction including sociology as well as education, psychology, American history, religion, science and technology. Try using the advanced search with colored or negro as search terms. Note: These are primary source materials so the search terms reflect the language used in the time period.

Milestones in Black History :
“a chronological list of many events that shaped black history and some information about the brave men and women who led the way for today’s generation.”

Race & Place: An African American Community:
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 from the University of Virginia.

American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology
First hand accounts transcribed from interviews done from 1936 to 1938 of former slaves in the American South.


Library of Congress American Memory:

American Social History online:

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