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REMEMBER:  Black History began long BEFORE slavery!

Please remember that there is more to black history than slavery and after slavery events in America and abroad.  Blacks or African-American descendants have created and played a MAJOR role in every aspect of human life that we know of today.   

Black History Offline Resources


1. Books & CD-ROM:

2. CDs: Music & Spoken Word

3. Collection Development: Web Sites and Books

4. Sites for Young Adult Librarians

Books & CD-ROM

  • Anthologies

NEW! Bolden, Tonya. Tell All the Children Our Story: Memories and mementos of Being Young and Black in America. New York: Harry Abrams, 2001. (Reading level grades 4-8.) Read more at

Sullivan, Charles ed. Children of Promise: African-American Literature and Art for Young People. New York: Harry Abrams, 2001. (Middle School) Read more at

Bell, Janet Cheatham. Stretch Your Wings: Famous Black Quotations for Teens.. New York: Little, Brown & Company, 1999. (Middle School - High School) Read more at

Gates, Henry Louis Jr. and Nellie Y. McKay, editors. The Norton Anthology of African American Literature. New York: Norton, 1997. (High school) Includes an audio CD of some selections. Read more at

Hamilton, Virginia.The People Could Fly : The Book of Black Folktales. Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. New York: Random House, 2000. (Middle School) Amazon

Hudson, Wade & Cheryl Willis Hudson. In Praise of Our Fathers and Our Mothers: A Black Family Treasury by Outstanding Authors and Artists.. East Orange, NJ: Just Us, 1997. (Middle-High School)

Newman, Richard, compiler. African American Quotations. New York: Checkmark, 2000. (High School). Read more at

Rollins, Charlemae Hill (Compiler), Ashley Bryan (Illustrator). Christmas Gif': An Anthology of Christmas Poems, Songs, and Stories Written by and About African-Americans . New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1993. (Middle School) Available at

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  • Biography

Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem, and Alan Steingberg. Black Profiles in Courage: A Legacy of African-American Achievement. New York: Morrow, 1996. (Middle School - High School) Read more at

Facts on File Encyclopedia of Black Women in America. Edited by Darlene C. Hine and Kathleen Thompson. Facts on File 1997. (Middle School - High School) Eleven topical volumes, can be purchased individually. Read more at

Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Stephen Alcorn, Illustrator. Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters. New York: Harcourt, 2000. (Middle School) Read more at

Smith, Jesse Carne, ed. Notable Black American Women, Third Edition. Gale, 2002. Read more about it or order at

Turner, Glennette Tilley. Follow in Their Footsteps. New York: Cobblehill Books, 1997. (Middle School) Read more at

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  • Celebrations

Bond, Julian, Editor. Lift Every Voice and Sing : A Celebration of the Negro National Anthem : 100 Years, 100 Voices. New York: Random House, 2000. (Middle - High School) Read more at Amazon .com

Karenga, Maulana. Kwanzaa : A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture. University of Sankore Press, 1997. (Middle & High School) Read more at

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  • Curriculum Guides & Classroom Resources

From Victory to Freedom: The African American Experience. National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce, Ohio, 1991. (Elementary through Middle School) Available from the Ohio Historical Society Marketplace.

Thomas, Velma Maia. Lest We Forget: The Passage from Africa to Slavery and Emancipation. New York : Crown Trade Paperbacks, 1997. (All ages) Read more at

Thomas, Velma Maia. Freedom's children : the passage from emancipation to the great migration .New York : Crown Publishers, 2000. (All ages) Read more at

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  • Encyclopedias

Altman, Susan. Encyclopedia of African American Heritage, 1st Edition. New York: Facts on File, 2001. (Middle - High School) Read more at

Appiah, Kwame Anthony, and Henry Louis Gates Jr., eds. Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience. Basic Civitas Books: 1999. (High School) Read reviews at Read selections at

Encarta Africana Library of Black America, 3rd. ed. Microsoft, 2000. CD-ROM (High School) Read more and check system requirements at

Hine, Darlene Clark, Elsa Barkley Brown and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, eds. Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia. Indiana University Press, 1993. (High School) Read more at

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  • General Reference and Surveys

New York Public Library Amazing African American History: A Book of Answers for Kids. New York: Wiley, 1997. (Grades 4-9) Read more at

Christian, Charles M and Sari J. Bennett. Black Saga - The African American Experience: A Chronology Baltimore MD: Counterpoint Press, 1998. (Middle - High School) Read more at

Franklin, John Hope and Alfred A. Moss, Jr. From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans. 8th ed. New York: Random House, 2000. (High School - Adult) Read more at

Hine, Darlene Clark. A Shining Thread of Hope: History of Black Women in America. New York: Broadway Books, 1999. (High School - Adult) Read more at

New York Public Library African American Desk Reference. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. New York: Wiley, 1999. (Middle & High School) Read more at

Southern, Eileen. The Music of Black Americans: A History, 3rd edition. New York: W.W. North, 1997. (High School - Adult) Read More at

Stewart, Jeffrey C. 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About African American History. New York: Doubleday, 1997. (Middle School & Up) Read more at

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CDs Music & Spoken Word

Every Tone a Testimony: A Smithsonian Folkways African American Aural History. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2001. 2 CDs, plus booklet with extensive notes. (Middle School - Adult) Read more at

Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like the Rivers: Black Poets Read Their Work. WEA/Rhino, 2000.
2 CDs plus booklet with detailed citations and background information. Read more or listen to samples at

Martin Luther King Jr. Tapes. CD. Soundworks, 1994.

Singing in the African American Tradition - Ysaye Barnwell

The Long Road to Freedom: An Anthology of Black Music. Harry Belafonte (and 50 other musicians!) Buddah, 2001. 80 tracks on 5 CDs, a bonus DVD, and a 140 page hard-bound book. Read more at

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Collection Development

  • Web Sites

Black Issues Book Review

Coretta Scott King Award Books
Complete list of Award Winners

Social Studies School Service Black History Index

Social Studies School Service: Teaching About Martin Luther King

  • Books

Rand, Donna, and Toni Trent Parker, Sheila Foster. Black Books Galore! Guide to Great African American Children's Books. New York: Wiley, 1998. Read more at

Rand, Donna, and Toni Trent Parker.Black Books Galore!: Guide to More Great African American Children's Books. New York: Wiley, 2001. Read more at

Murphy, Barbara Thrash. Black Authors and Illustrators of Books for Children and Young Adults: A Biographical Dictionary (3rd Edition). Garland, 1999. Read more at

Smith, Henrietta M. editor. The Coretta Scott King Awards Book 1970-1999. Chicago: ALA, 1999. Read reviews or order at Read more at

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Support to Young Adult Librarians

American Association of School Librarians

Black Caucus of the American Library Association

The Internet Public Library (IPL) (accessed 1/13/02)

Young Adult Librarian's Help/Homepage

  • Publishers

Association of American Publishers. (APA) School Members Division

Children's Book Council

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