Black History Month

African America History

Voices from the Days of Slavery
Twenty-three interviewees, born between 1823 and the early 1860s, discuss how they felt about slavery, slaveholders, coercion of slaves, their families, and freedom. Library of Congress.

Voices of Civil Rights
The exhibition Voices of Civil Rights documents events during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. This exhibition draws from the thousands of personal stories, oral histories, and photographs.

Underground Railroad: The Struggle against Slavery
Here you will find resources for researching, teaching, and exploring the Underground Railroad and anti-slavery history. Through both primary and secondary sources, texts and media, activities and learning resources, the Online Portal brings to life the great history of the Underground Railroad and those who traversed it.

Encyclopedia of Chicago: African Americans
Beginning with John Baptiste Point DuSable's trading activities in the 1780s, blacks have had a long history in Chicago.

Encyclopedia of Chicago: Civil Rights Movements
Agitation for civil rights has been a regular feature of the Chicago scene, and African Americans have been the leading—though not the only—insurgents in this fight.

Encyclopedia of Chicago: Contested Spaces
Contests over space in the Chicago region both predated and long outlived Eugene Williams's fateful swim.

Timeline: The Civil Rights Movement
A timeline of the Civil Rights Era-1954-1971.

History and Origins of Black History Month
A brief look at the history of African Americans and Black History Month.

Black History Milestones
Interactive timeline of black history from PBS.

The Encyclopedia Britannica Guide to Black History
Encyclopedia Britannica's Guide to Black History represents an effort to trace the African American experience and achievements in the United States and elsewhere.

Witness: Black History
The BBC World Service's Witness program offers a unique insight into the American civil rights era, focusing on important events in Black History.

African American History and Culture
The Library of Congress’s Manuscript Division has one of the nation's most valuable collections for the study of African-American history and culture. The Library's holdings include information about slavery and the slave trade as well as other aspects of plantation life. Papers of slaveholders provide one view of slavery, and slave narratives give another.

Black History Month: Biography.com
Black History Month brings to the forefront the inspiring stories of African-American icons—many of whom overcame great odds to leave their mark on the United States.

Jim Crow Laws
From the 1880s into the 1960s,a majority of American states enforced segregation through "Jim Crow" laws.. From Delaware to California, and from North Dakota to Texas, many states (and cities, too) could impose legal punishments on people for consorting with members of another race.

US Civil Rights Photo Gallery
Dramatic Photos from the Civil Rights Movement.