African American Culture and History

In celebration of the rich culture and history of African Americans, Alexandria Library has compiled the following resources.

Books available at Alexandria Library

Black man in a white coat    Between the world and me    The cooking gene    Children of fire    Just mercy

How to build a museum    What color is my world?    Hip hop family tree    One last world    Pathfinder

The hate you give    Black history in its own word    March    Loving vs Virginia    Black boy white boy

eBooks and eAudiobooks at Alexandria library

Afrofuturism     Carter G. Woodson in Washington, D.C.     Men we 

reaped     The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks     Mo' Meta Blues

This fire this time     The new Jim Crow     Hidden figures     Tears we cannot stop     Negroland

Catalog Topics

African American African American Youth  
African American Biographies    Equality  
Black History Race Relations  
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

Essence -- available at Beatley and Barrett

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

Online Magazines

African American Review -- from 12/22/1992 to 9/22/2012 in Biography In Context

Afro-Americans in New York Life & History -- from 1/1/2003 to 7/1/2015 in U.S. History Collection

Black Collegian -- from 10/1/1993 to 9/1/2010 in General One File

Black Enterprise -- from 12/1/1991 to present in Business Source Complete

Black History Bulletin -- from 1/1/2002 to 1/1/2012 in Diversity Studies Collection

Black Issues Book Review -- from 1/1/199 to 5/1/2007 in General OneFile

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

Black Music Research Journal -- from 3/2/1997 to present in Fine Arts & Music Collection

Black Renaissance -- from 12/22/1999 to present in Diversity Studies Collection

Black Scholar -- from 3/22/2009 to 6/22/2014o present in Biography In Context

Challenge: a Journal of Research on African American Men -- from 3/22/2006 to 3/22/2012 in Diversity Studies Collection

Diverse Issues in Higher Education -- from 10/20/2005 to present in Diversity Studies Collection

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

Journal of African American History -- from 1/1/2002 to 9/22/2011 in World History Collection

Journal of African American Studies -- from 3/1/2002 to present in General OneFile

Journal of Gender, Race & Justice-- from 3/22/2004 to present in Diversity Studies Collection

Journal of Negro History-- from 6/22/1990 to 3/22/2001 in Diversity Studies Collection

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

Western Journal of Black Studies -- from 3/22/1998 to present in Diversity Studies Collection

Women, Gender & Family of Color -- from 9/22/2013 to present in Health Reference Center Academic



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. 

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A museum that seeks to understand American history through the lens of the African American experience. 

Black History-National Archives
A collection of Black History resources from the National Archives. 


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