Selected African-American Web Sites

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General | Advocacy Organizations | Business | Census | Education, Employment and Professional Organizations | Genealogy | Health | History and Culture | Literature | Media | Music
Last reviewed: October 19, 2012

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General

AFRO
The Afro-American Newspaper Company of Baltimore's Web site. News from around the nation that is of interest to the African-American community, as well as a virtual gallery of contemporary artists, an online community discussion, a Black History museum, and multicultural myths and fables for kids.
http://www.afro.com/

Melanet: The Uncut Black Experience
A wide range of African-American information resources including Kwanzaa events, an African wedding guide, and online mentoring for children.
http://www.melanet.com/

Advocacy Organizations

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Provides advocacy information on a variety of cultural, educational, business, labor, and political issues.
http://www.naacp.org/

National Urban League
Premier social service and civil rights organization. Includes programs, news, events, and local branches.
http://www.nul.org/

Business

Blackenterprise.com
Business, finance, stocks, and technology with information on conferences and print subscription details for Black Enterprise magazine.
http://www.blackenterprise.com/

Creative Investment Research
Lists minority-owned banks and analyzes their performance.
http://www.creativeinvest.com

IMDiversity.com
One-stop career and self-development site for minorities.
http://imdiversity.com/

Investing for Success
An interactive, multimedia web course on the basics of investing from a partnership of the National Urban League and the Investment Company Institute Education Foundation.
http://www.icief.org/

Minority & Women Owned Businesses Searchable Database
An online database of minority and women owned businesses in New York State. Search by economic development region, county, SIC code, company name, and sales. Maintained by the New York State's Empire State Development.
http://www.esd.ny.gov/MWBE/directorySearch.html

Minority Business Entrepreneur
Bi-monthly magazine on minority-and women-owned businesses. Includes the table of contents and subscription information.
http://www.mbemag.com/

US Dept. of Commerce - Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
Background and contact information.
http://www.mbda.gov/

US Dept. of Labor - Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) works to provide opportunities for small, disadvantaged or minority owned businesses.
http://www.dol.gov/oasam/programs/osdbu/

Census

Black Population Census Data
Interactive maps, reports and statistics for the 2010 census. The Black Population Census Brief contains graphs and tables and is available as a PDF.
http://2010.census.gov/2010census/

Education, Employment, and Professional Organizations

African Studies Association (ASA)
Information about the society, including its membership, board, and affiliated groups, as well as announcements on upcoming conferences, meetings, and publications.
http://www.africanstudies.org/

Black Collegian
Online version of magazine about African-American career opportunities. Provides career planning/job search information, and general information on college life.
http://www.black-collegian.com/

Minority On-Line Information Service (MOLIS)
Information on scholarships, minority institutions, and faculty members of minority colleges.
http://www.molis.org/

National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
History, objectives, and contacts for professional and student chapters.
http://www.nabj.org/

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Information on membership, regional conferences, careers, events, and scholarships.
http://www.nsbe.org/


Organization of Black Designers
Gallery of members' designs, plus bulletin board, mission statement, feature articles, and membership details.
http://www.core77.com/OBD/welcome.html

United Negro College Fund
United Negro College Fund (UNCF) awards scholarship, internship, fellowship and institutional grants to support students at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. This website also includes a directory of historically black colleges and universities in the United States.
http://www.uncf.org/

Genealogy

AfriGeneas
Excellent resource on African-American genealogy. Features an e-mail newsletter, genealogy news, book recommendations and links to Web sites on African-American cemeteries and African-Native American genealogy.
http://www.afrigeneas.com/

Health

African-American Health
From MedlinePlus, this website contains information about health issues affecting African-Americans, including the latest news, videos, journal articles, and statistics. MedlinePlus is administered by the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/africanamericanhealth.html

The African American Profile
From The Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this website includes statistical data organized by health topic and links to full Census reports.
http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlID=51

Black Women's Health Imperative
The Black Women's Health Imperative is the new name of the National Black Women's Health Project.  It is a leading African American health education, research, advocacy and leadership development institution.
http://www.blackwomenshealth.org/

History and Culture

African-American Archaeology Newsletter
Articles from various editions discussing archaeological issues, digs and artifacts of African-American archaeology.
http://www.diaspora.uiuc.edu/newsletter.html

African American Archives, Manuscripts and Special Collections
African American Studies subject guide from the University of Delaware including respositories, collections in several repositories and single repositories, and individual collections.
http://guides.lib.udel.edu/content.php?pid=163619&hs=a

The African-American Mosaic
A resource guide for the study of African-American history and culture from the Library of Congress.
http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/african/afam001.html

African American Odyssey
This Library of Congress exhibition, The African-American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship, showcases the Library's incomparable African-American collections. The special presentation is not only a highlight of what is on view in this major history exhibition, but also is a glimpse into the Library's vast holdings of African-American materials. Both include a wide array of important and rare books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings.
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aaohtml/aohome.html

African-American Perspectives
Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection (1818-1907) at the Library of Congress. Spans almost 100 years of African-American history and culture.
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/aap/aaphome.html

African American World
From PBS, this guide to African American history and culture includes resources for teachers and students, such as lesson plans and an "On This Day" feature for historical events.
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/aaworld/index.html

Archives Library Information Center at the National Archives
For teachers, students and researchers, this website includes links to resources from the National Archives. Resources are organized by topic. Links to outside sources and bibliographies by other institutions, such as the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress, are also provided.
http://www.archives.gov/research/alic/reference/black-history.html

Black Baseball's Negro Baseball Leagues
Comprehensive index of information concerning the Leagues, including histories, books, collectibles, player profiles and more.
http://www.blackbaseball.com/

The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed
An online reference guide to African American history with an encyclopedia of people, places and events in African American history, Global African history and the history of African Americans in the West. There is a directory of historically black colleges and universities. Full text primary documents and major speeches of black activists and leaders from the 1700s to the present are also available. It is maintained by Quintard Taylor, the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington, Seattle.
http://blackpast.org/

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
Part of the Library of Congress American Memory Project containing over 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery as well as 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves.
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/snhtml/snhome.html

Center for Contemporary Black History
The Center for Contemporary Black History at Columbia University promotes the critical study of black history, culture, and politics within urban America since 1900, with an emphasis on understanding the central role of black intellectuals and public leaders. CCBH consists of three initiatives: (1) the Malcolm X Project, which is currently developing a Multimedia Study Environment version of The Autobiography of Malcolm X; (2) the Africana Criminal Justice Project, examining crime and justice in black intellectual and social history, and addressing the impact of mass incarceration on black civic capacity and participation; and (3) Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, published quarterly with Taylor and Francis Publishers.
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/ccbh/index.html

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Located in Detroit, Michigan, the Charles H. Wright Museum is the world's largest on African-American history and culture.
http://www.thewright.org/

Diaspora Studies
The University of California at Berkeley's online catalog of its video and audio-cassette resources on African and African-American culture.
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/AfricanAmVid.html

The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences
Information on African-American men and women who have contributed to the advancement of science and engineering.
https://webfiles.uci.edu/mcbrown/display/faces.html

From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection
From the Library of Congress American Memory Project with 396 pamphlets from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics.
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aapchtml/

Guide to Black History
Encyclopædia Britannica's online edition of The Encyclopædia Britannica Guide to Black History.
http://search.eb.com/blackhistory/

History Makers
Oral history archive with information on African American history, education, music, law, the arts, science, technology, media, medicine, entertainment, fashion and beauty, business, the military, politics, and sports.
http://www.thehistorymakers.com/

Journal of African American Studies
The Journal of African American Studies focuses on the social transformations of people of African descent. Select full-text articles are available for free in PDF and HTML.
http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/journal/12111

Journal of Black Studies
The Journal of Black Studies, peer-reviewed and published bi-monthly, examines key issues facing African Americans. Full-text articles from the current issue and past issues are available for free in PDF.
http://jbs.sagepub.com/

National Civil Rights Museum
Virtual exhibitions and details about the museum with links to travel and tourism.
http://www.civilrightsmuseum.org

National Underground Railroad. Network to Freedom
The National Park Service's Web site about its Underground Railroad project. Historic places and educational or interpretive programs associated with the Underground Railroad will become part of a network, eligible to use or display a uniform network logo, receive technical assistance and participate in program workshops.
http://www.nps.gov/subjects/ugrr/index.htm

New York State Archives Records Relating to African Americans
Descriptions of documents in the New York State Archives that pertain to such subjects as slavery and emancipation, military service, performing arts, political radicalism, human rights, and education.
http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/research/res_topics_pgc_afri_amer.shtml

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
One of the Research Libraries of the New York Public Library, the Schomburg Center promotes the study of the histories and cultures of people of African descent. This excellent resource includes a digital library of images of 19th century African-Americans.
http://www.nypl.org/research/sc/sc.html

Stamp on Black History
Commemorates the African-Americans who have been honored on US postage stamps, beginning with Booker T. Washington in 1940.
http://library.thinkquest.org/10320/Stamps.htm

Third Person, First Person
Duke University's library exhibit probing the life experiences of slaves from the late 18th century through the 19th century.
http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/slavery/

The Underground Railroad in New York State
Balanced, reliable information about the people and places of New York that were involved in the activities of the Underground Railroad.
http://www.nyhistory.com/ugrr/
 

Literature

African American Women Writers of the 19th Century
The full text of published works selected by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, one of the Research Libraries of the New York Public Library.
http://digital.nypl.org/schomburg/writers_aa19/toc.html

Harlem Renaissance
A research guide to the writers of the Harlem Renaissance.
http://www.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/chap9/CHAP9.HTML

Media

AfroNet
News for the African-American community, including entertainment updates, business reports, and opinion pieces.
http://www.afronet.com/

BET.com
Savvy features on computers, health, home-buying tips, money, music, and more.
http://www.bet.com/

Black Voices
From the Huffington Post, this site features entertainment, news, current events, a business and finance section, and reports on fitness and family.
http://www.blackvoices.com/

Essence
Online edition of the popular magazine for African-American women with features on health, careers and lifestyle.
http://www.essence.com/

Heart & Soul
Online articles based on the current newsstand edition of this magazine which promotes healthy living for black women and their families.
http://www.heartandsoul.com/

The Root
A leading online source of black news, opinion, politics and culture. This site is owned by The Washington Post Company.
http://www.theroot.com/

USAfrica Online
News, travel, arts, and business in Africa and the United States. Includes details of paper version.
http://www.usafricaonline.com/

Music

African-American Sheet Music 1850-1920
The collection is made up of 1,305 pieces of African-American sheet music dating from 1850 through 1920.
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award97/rpbhtml/aasmhome.html

Archives of African American Music and Culture
Indiana University Department of Afro-American Studies' selected list of Internet and written resources for African-American music.
http://www.indiana.edu/~aaamc/

The Center for Black Music Research
From Columbia College Chicago, this site provides information for researchers, teachers and students, including podcasts, bibliographies and music lists, job listings, and several albums available for free online streaming.
http://www.colum.edu/CBMR/Resources/

Vibe
A guide to rhythm and blues, rap, and traditional African-American entertainment. Founded by Quincy Jones.
http://www.vibe.com/

Last Updated: February 26, 2014