African American History

In celebration of February's Black History Month, Alexandria Library has compiled the following resources.

Books available at Alexandria Library

African American faces of the Civil War : an album    African American families today : myths and realities     Enjoy the same liberty : Black Americans and the revolutionary era    Help me to find my people : the African American search for family lost in slavery    The Amistad rebellion : an Atlantic odyssey of slavery and freedom

The King years : historic moments in the civil rights movement     Martin Luther King, Jr. : a King family tribute    Marshalling justice : the early civil rights letters of Thurgood Marshall     Lift every voice : the NAACP and the making of the Civil Rights Movement    Freedom summer : the savage summer that made Mississippi burn and made America a democracy

eBooks available on OverDrive in Kindle and EPUB formats.
These titles are also available as books.

 We Were There Voices of African American Veterans, from World War II to the War in Iraq      Freedom's Journey African American Voices of the Civil War      Malcolm X A Life of Reinvention      Mixed My Life in Black and White      Michelle Obama An American Story


All Labor Has Dignity      The Eyes of Willie McGee A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South      Jesus Land A Memoir      Growing Up King An Intimate Memoir      Israel on the Appomattox A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s Through the Civil War

Catalog Topics

African American African American (Juvenile)  
African American Biographies    African American Biographies (Juvenile)  
Black History Civil Rights Movement (Juvenile)  
Civil Rights Movement    


Biography in Context
This collection delivers research support with nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography.

Diversity Studies Dollection
This collection explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in our global community.

Heritage Quest Freedman's bank
Search for individuals in Freedman's Bank (1865-1874), which was founded to serve African Americans. (Requires Remote User Authentication for off-site patron access.)

Guide to African-American Resources -- Alexandria Library Special Collections
This resource guide is intended to present an overview of materials available for the study of African-American history in the Alexandria Library Special Collections Branch.



Print Magazines

Black Enterprise -- available at Beatley, Barrett, and Duncan

Ebony -- available at Beatley, Barrett, Burke, and Duncan

Essence -- available at Beatley and Barrett

Jet -- available at Barrett, Burke, and Duncan

Journal of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society -- available at Special Collections

Online Magazines

Black Collegian -- from 1/1/1993 to 9/1/2010 in General One File

Black Enterprise -- from 5/1/1990 to present in Business Source Complete

Black Film Review -- from 3/1/1992 to 6/30/1994 in Business Source Complete

Black History Bulletin -- from 1/1/2002 to 3 years ago in Diversity Studies Collection

Black Issues Book Review -- from 7/1/2000 to 5/31/2007 in General OneFile

Black Issues in Higher Education -- from 2/10/1994 to 7/28/2005 in eLibrary

Black Music Research Journal -- from 3/1/1997 to present in Fine Arts & Music Collection

Black Renaissance -- from 12/01/1999 to present in Diversity Studies Collection

Black Scholar -- from 3/1/2009 to present in Biography In Context

African American Review -- from 12/01/1992 to present in Biography In Context

Negro History Bulletin -- from 12/1/1993 to 1/31/2001 in General OneFile

Ebony -- from 1/1/1989 to 12/31/2008 in Biography In Context

Jet -- from 12/1/1992 to 12/31/2008 in Biography In Context



National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

The King Center
Embracing Dr. King’s philosophy and strategy of nonviolence to eliminate poverty, racism and violence, The King Center is determined to have a positive impact on the continuing struggle to fulfill his great dream for America and the world.

Alexandria Black History Museum
The mission of the Black History Museum is to enrich the lives of Alexandria's residents and visitors, to foster tolerance and understanding among all cultures and to stimulate appreciation of the diversity of the African American experience

Lives in the Freedom Struggle: Stories from the Civil Rights History Project
Civil Rights History Project (CRHP) is a Congressionally-mandated national initiative to capture the stories of veteran activists from the Civil Rights Era through oral history interviews. In more than one hundred full-length video interviews, participants reflect on subjects including nonviolence, self-defense, collective action, religious faith, music, and many more. The interviews, collected by the Library of Congress and its partner for this initiative, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, are available for viewing through each institution's website. 

African Americans -- Encyclopedia Britannica Article
An article from Encyclopedia Britannica contains video, pictures, and related links to other articles. 


Alexandria Library, VA ©Copyright 2016