African American Resources

African-American Holocaust: Developed by Milford F. Plaines, this is an incredibly powerful and gut-wrenching site. It contains actual pictures taken at lynchings in Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska. They are explicit and graphic. To move through the site, you will find the "next" button at the very bottom of each page. Continue clicking "next" even when you reached the "Credits" page – poetry follows. See also the Without Sanctuary site.

Black Resistance – Slavery in the U.S.: This site sets to rest the notion that slaves were docile and content.

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives From the Federal Writer’s Project, 1936-1938: This collection contains more than 2,300 first person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves.

Electronic Postcards (Afrocentric)


·KultureZone – in addition to the electronic postcards, can also access Afrocentric desktop wallpaper, icons, clip art, etc.

EverythingBlack.Com: Good jumping off point for finding African-American specific sites.

Genealogy Resources for African-Americans – Some of the most comprehensive sites include:

African American Census Schedules Online
Christine’s Genealogy Web Site

John Henry the Steel Driving Man: Did you know that the legend of John Henry is based on fact? This wonderful site developed by the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill tells about it all.

Lift Every Voice and Sing: Here you will see pictures of James Weldon Johnson and his brother, John R. Johnson. Scroll down to read the lyrics. A midi version of the song plays the melody.

National Public Radio (NPR) Report : On February 4, 2002, Dave Person gave a report on "Lift Every Voice and Sing" and the significance it has for the African-American Community. Here, you can download an audioclip and listen to the actual report as it was broadcast.

Mama’s Boyz – this has got to be the most positive and "on target" comic strip available that focuses on African-American life and issues. Be sure to read the about the controversy that was generated by the theme of one storyline. You also can read some of the classic strips [Don’t overlook the "More Comics" button at the bottom of each page] as well as recent ones. I LOVE this strip!

Slave Narratives – Following are sites where you can access first person narratives. Voices from the past describe in detail their everyday lives as well as the extreme horrors that were suffered during slavery:

African-American Women – Online Archival Collections, Duke University – letters written by slaves can be read.

American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology – Narratives of 13 of the 2,300 exslaves interviewed as part of the WPA (Works Progress Administration) between 1936 – 1938 can be read. Pictures of eight are shown. Some sound files are available.

Without Sanctuary : Deals with the same subject as the African-American Holocaust site (i.e., lynchings). This is the web site of an incredible exhibit that lays bare the ugly and horrifying history of the brutal and savage manner in which many African-Americans were murdered via lynchings. You can view the exhibit as a movie, with audio commentary, and / or view the photos one by one as individual pictures. It is a heart wrenching and incredible testimony to man’s inhumanity to man.