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Selected Resources for the Study of African American History and Culture

Prepared by
Rose Mitchell, Black Resource Center Librarian

The history and culture of African Americans is documented in numerous reference materials, and a vast number of resources that are more widely accessible today than ever before. The Black Resource Center maintains a wide range of materials on African American history and culture that are valuable to students, educators, researchers, and the general public. The following list of titles is a sampling of resources that are helpful, informative, and popular at the Black Resource Center, and also available at many County of Los Angeles Public Libraries:

The African American Almanac, 10th ed.
The Gale Group, 2008.

African American Firsts in Science & Technology.
The Gale Group, 1999.

Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, 2nd ed.
Oxford University Press, 2005.

African American Lives.
Oxford University Press, 2004.

Almanac of African American Heritage: A Book of Lists Featuring People, Places, Times,
and Events That Shaped Black Culture.
Prentice Hall Press, 2001.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X / With the Assistance of Alex Haley.
Grove Press, 1965.

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Warner Books, 1998.

Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Historical Events, 2nd ed., rev. and exp.
Visible Ink Press, 2003.

Black Inventors: From Africa to America: Two Million Years of Invention and Innovation.
Three Dimensional Pub., 1995.

Black Saga: The African American Experience.
Houghton Mifflin, 1995.

Distinguished African Americans in Aviation and Space Science.
Oryx Press, 2002.

Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History: The Black Experience in the Americas, 2nd ed.
Macmillan Reference USA, 2006.

Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance.
Checkmark Books, 2003.

The Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass.
International Publishers, 1950-1955.

New York Public Library African American Desk Reference.
Wiley, 1999.

Notable Black American Men.
Gale Research, 1999.

Notable Black American Scientists.
Gale Research, 1999.

Notable Black American Women.
Gale Research, 1992-1996.

Reference Library of Black America.
Dell Pub. Co., 1977.

Roots by Alex Haley.
Gale Research, 1992-1996.

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E. B. Du Bois.
Vintage Books/Library of America, 1990.

Who's Who Among African Americans, 16th ed.
Gale Research, 2003.

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