Blog Round-Up: African American History and Primary Sources

Since 1976, February has been designated  as a time to pause and reflect on the experiences and contributions of African Americans. Teaching with the Library of Congress has published many posts that show the impact of African Americans in a wide variety of arenas including the arts, sports,  literature, and politics, with a particular focus on work to ensure equal rights for all. Here is a selection of those posts.

Getting Started

Heroes of The Colored Race

Heroes of The Colored Race, 1881 //

Landmark Moments

Katherine Dunham by Phyllis Twachtman, 1956

Katherine Dunham by Phyllis Twachtman, 1956 //

The Arts


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One Comment

  1. Maura
    February 19, 2016 at 11:00 am

    It really struck me that under “people”, there are no women listed. There are so many women who have been integral to Black history – Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks just to name the 3 most obvious – but also really interesting unsung heroes like Mary Bowser, spy in the Confederate White House during the Civil War. It would be great if the LOC would help to highlight some of the heroes who are not known or are too often overlooked, as we see here. Thank you for all you do!!!

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