African American History

Addressing topics from the Transatlantic Slave Trade to present day

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What is the Black Lives Matter Movement?

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an African-American movement that campaigns against violence and systemic racism toward black people. It held many protests against police killings of black people and broader issues of racial profiling, police brutality, and perceived racial inequality in the United States criminal justice system. The movement became nationally recognized for its street demonstrations following the 2014 deaths of two African Americans: Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City.

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- From the article “Black Lives Matter” Protests Mistreatment of African Americans by the Police, cited below

Featured Websites & Collections 

Linked below are websites, online exhibits, and other digital collections with resources on topics related to African American history in the United States.

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Featured Videos

Linked below are videos both freely online through websites like YouTube or TED, as well as from the library's collection in such databases as Kanopy, Films on Demand, or Academic Video Online. Click or hover your cursor over the icon to learn more about each item.

Source: "The Enduring Myth of Black Criminality" by The Atlantic, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

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Featured Podcasts

Linked here are full podcasts or podcast episodes, as well as short audio recordings from news programs such as National Public Radio (NPR) and the like.

Sources used on this page: 

"Black Lives Matter Flag - Minneapolis MayDay Parade 2017" by Tony Webster is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

“Black Lives Matter” Protests Mistreatment of African Americans by the Police: July 13, 2013–2016, ongoing. (2017). In T. T. Lewis (Ed.), Great Events from History. The 21st Century: 2000-2016 (Vol. 3, pp. 755-759). Salem Press/Grey House.

Featured Books & eBooks

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