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The content in this section is here to provide ASALH members with resources to support their insatiable appetite to learn and share information about our African culture, life, and history. Enjoy!
The history of the free African American community as told through the family history of most African Americans who were free in the Southeast during the colonial period
Whitney Plantation is the only plantation museum in Louisiana with an exclusive focus on the lives of enslaved people
Legacy Museum, in Montgomery, Alabama, is steps away from a dock and rail station where tens of thousands of black people were trafficked during the 19th century
More than half a century before construction began on Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort, celebrated author Zora Neale Hurston grew up in Eatonville, just 15 minutes north of downtown Orlando. Today, the historic town — one of the first self-governing, all-black communities in the U.S. — honors Hurston’s memory with the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts, aka The Hurston, and the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities, aka ZORA! Festival.
Zora Neale Hurston was an author and anthropologist from Eatonville, Florida, who through her work portrayed racial struggles in the early-20th-century in the South
One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years—due largely to initial audiences’ rejection of its strong black female protagonist—Hurston’s classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature
The Henrietta Marie was a slave ship that carried captive Africans to the West Indies, where they were sold as slaves. The ship wrecked at the southern tip of Florida on its way home to England, and is one of only a few wrecks of slave ships that have been identified.
Fort Mose Historic State Park (originally known as Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose) is a U.S. National Historic Landmark (designated as such on October 12, 1994), located two miles north of St. Augustine, Florida. It was the first free black settlement in North America
Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley was a West African from present-day Senegal who was enslaved and sold in Cuba. She became the wife of a plantation owner, and then a planter and slaveholder in her own right as a free black in early 19th-century Florida. For books on Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley Life click here
Carter Godwin Woodson, An American historian, author, journalist, and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History
Goin' to Chicago, documentary film, chronicles one of the most momentous yet least heralded sagas of American history - the great migration of African Americans from the rural South to the cities of the North and West after World War II.
Family Across the Sea is "Roots" - retold as a historical and linguistic detective story. It traces how scholars have uncovered the connection between the Gullah people of South Carolina's Sea Islands and the people of Sierra Leone.
Robert Smalls was an enslaved African American who escaped to freedom in a Confederate supply ship and eventually became a sea captain for the Union Navy… and later became a successful businessman and politician serving in both houses of the South Carolina legislature.
The first edition of the Florida Black Heritage Trail, published in 1991, was a product of the commission, the Florida Division of Historical Resources and the many citizens who assisted in developing the book. The Florida Black Heritage Trail is a microcosm of African-American landmarks and legacies that exist in various Florida locations.
The Language You Cry In tells an amazing scholarly detective story that searches for -and finds- meaningful links between African Americans and their ancestral past
Documenting the sacrifices and accomplishments of African-American servicemen and women since the earliest days of the republic.
“A Great Day in Harlem “ …Learn the story and listen to the sounds behind the famous photo in jazz history when 57 of the greatest jazz stars of all time posed for a photo in front of a Harlem brownstone
Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” is an ethnographic account of Lewis’s life. Completed by Zora Neale Hurston in 1931, it was published for the first time on May 8 by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins. The slim book is an intense and moving historical account of a life irreparably devastated by the American slave trade.
Liverpool council’s decision in January 2020 to contextualize streets named after slave traders shed important light on the town’s infamous history as one of the world’s largest slave-trading ports.
ASALH supports efforts of Booker High School students.
Memorial Day, also referred to as Decoration Day, is grounded in tradition and, most importantly, Decoration Day has black roots.
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database now comprises 36,000 individual slaving expeditions between 1514 and 1866. Records of the voyages have been found in archives and libraries throughout the Atlantic world. They provide information about vessels, routes, and the people associated with them, both enslaved and enslavers. Sources are cited for every voyage included. Users may search for information about a specific voyage or group of voyages. The website provides the full interactive capability to analyze the data and report results in the form of statistical tables, graphs, maps, a timeline, and an animation.
Working towards removing biases, stereotypes, and false narratives in art education.
A successful framework for museums dealing w[ith] race relations doesn’t exist. We have to imagine and activate it. – Aleia Brown, #Museumsrespondtoferguson, tweet July 11, 2015 @aleiabrown
Stamped from the Beginning - Ibram X Kendi
A People's History of the United States - Howard Zinn (There is a "young people's" version for elementary and middle school readers)
White Fragility - Robin Diangelo
So you want to talk about race - Ijeoma Oluo
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness - Austin Channing Brown
Me and White Supremcy - Layla F Saad
Stamped - Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi
The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America - Anders Walker
The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander
The Condemnation of Blackness - Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Dying of Whiteness - Jonathan Metzl
A Different Mirror - Ronald Takaki
How to be an AntiRacist - Ibram X Kendi
How the South Wont the Civil War - Heather Cox Richardson
Evicted - Matthew Desmond
Nobody - Marc Lamont Hill
Lies My Teacher Told Me - James W Loewen
Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria - Berver Doniel Tatum, PhD
The Color of Law - Richard Rothstein
Blackballed - Darryl Pinkney
Lies My Teacher Told Me - James W. Loewen
The Warmth of Other Sons - Isabel Wilkerson
The Fire Next time - James Baldwin
Malcolm X - Alex Haley
Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Killing Rage Ending Racism - Bell Hooks
Becoming - Michelle Obama
An American By Marriage - Tayari Jones
A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota -
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother - James McBride
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption - Bryan Stevenson
The Myth Of Race - Robert Sussman
How we Get Free - Keeanga-Yamhtta Taylor
Black Feminists Thought - Patricia Hill Collins
Ain't I a Woman Black Women and Feminism - Bell Hooks
Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay
Eloquent Rage - Brittney Cooper
In Search of Our Mothers Gardens - Alice Walker
Sister Outsider - Audre Lorde
Women Race & Class - Angela Y Davis
Assata: An Autobiography - Assata Shakur
To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe - Akwugo Emejulu and Francesca Sobande
Giovanni's Room - James Baldwin
Zami - Audre Lorde
Real Life - Brandon Taylor
Unapologetic A black, queer, and feminist Mandate for Radical Movements - Charlene A Carruthers
No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies - E. Patrick Johnson
Since I Laid My Burden Down - Brontez Purnell
The Other Side of Paradise - Staceyann Chin
No Ashes in the Fire - Darnell L. Moore
The Summer We Got Free - Mia McKenzie
Black Like Me - John Howard Griffin
Rising Out of Hatred - Eli Saslow
Black On Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity - C. Riley Snorton
Special thanks to Victoria Alexander for providing the Anti-Racist Lit resources section.
AMPLIFY MELANATED VOICES.
Her Instagram account has incredible resources for non-Black allies: @victoriaalxndr
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