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The Black Population in the United States: Population Characteristics

In 2000, the Census Bureau released data on the Black Population in the US collected "in the March 1999 Current Population Survey, which uses the 1990 census as the base for its sample." The report and its accompanying tables cover "geographic distribution, age and sex distribution, family type and size, educational attainment, labor force participation and employment, occupational...
Natalie Curtis Burlin, Ethnomusicology and Folklore

"Natalie Curtis Burlin (1875-1921): A Pioneer in the Study of American Minority Cultures" was a paper that appeared in the Connecticut Review in the Spring of 1994. Written by Al Bredenberg, President and Senior Associate of Broad Mountain Associates, the paper has recently been made accessible to Internet users. A musician, author, researcher, and human rights advocate, Natalie Burlin has...
Black Facts Online

Black Facts Online is a free service provided by Inner-City Software, founded by MIT graduate Kenneth Granderson. At Black Facts Online, visitors can find out numerous facts dealing with African American history, along with searching for facts by date and keywords. One sample search on the words "Angela Davis" revealed numerous facts about the well-known activist, scholar, and author. Each fact...
African-American Poetry, 1760-1900

Utilizing software developed at the University of Chicago, this online database of African-American poetry is a fine resource for people looking for a compendium of poems by numerous notable 18th and 19th century African-American poets. First-time users will want to read the users manual, which explains the software used to design the database, and how to best utilize the available search engine,...
This Far by Faith: African-American Spiritual Journeys

The diverse forms and expressions of African-American faith and spirituality are sometimes underappreciated, a situation that this particular six-part documentary, developed by PBS, hopes to rectify. This Web site, a companion to "This Far by Faith," provides a host of information about these many experiences, beginning with African slaves brought to America and continuing to the present day....
The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences

A wonderful collection of biographies and information on the many contributions of African American scientists are available at this site. Fields of work highlighted include biochemistry, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, genetics, meteorology, geology, oceanography, and several other sciences. Continually updated, the site offers many new contributions since its last review, including...
The Library of Congress: The Zora Neale Hurston Plays

The Library of Congress presents digital versions of ten plays written by Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) that were deposited at the U.S. Copyright Office between 1925 and 1944, and remained unpublished and mostly unproduced until they were rediscovered in 1997. Play titles such as De Turkey and de Law: A Comedy in Three Acts; Lawing and Jawing; and Polk County: A Comedy of Negro Life on a Sawmill...
The New Great Migration: Black Americans' Return to the South, 1965-2000

The Great Migration of African-Americans northwards throughout most of the 20th century to major urban centers was one of the most well-documented internal migrations in United States history. Seeking a better life, millions of African-Americans made their way north in an attempt to escape the oppressive legal restrictions and rural poverty that were mainstays of their everyday existence. However,...
Race & Place: An African-American Community in the Jim Crow South: Charlottesville, VA

A number of compelling studies about the complex relationship between different ethnic groups and their lived experience in various environments have come to light over the past few decades, and several of them have found their way onto the Web as well. This rather noteworthy site, created through a collaborative effort by the Virginia Center for Digital History and the Carter G. Woodson Institute...
African Burial Ground

As the city of New York has grown up, out, and over an increasingly vast area of land during the past few centuries, various sites of human activity and habitation have become one of the many layers that continue to interest urbanologists, sociologists, planners, and anthropologists. One such layer is the African burial ground that was found in lower Manhattan in 1991, and which has been...
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