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Black History  

Discover African American history through the people, places and events.
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Rosa Louise Parks was nationally recognized as the "mother of the modern day civil rights movement" in America. Her refusal to surrender her seat to a white male passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus, December 1, 1955, triggered a wave of protest December 5, 1955 that reverberated throughout the United States. Read more...




  • Biography Collection Complete
    Full-text biographies of individuals from all walks of life - history, science, the arts, music, literature, multicultural studies, gender studies, business, government & politics, sports, entertainment and many other areas.
  • Facts on File - African American History
    This reference database provides articles from reference books, encyclopedias, images, maps and graphs, and chronologies.


The New Jersey State Library provides a rich selection of materials in their digital collections page. Here are a few samplings. Visit the State Library for more.


For more biographies, use our database The Biography Collection.

  • George Washington Carver
    Agricultural chemist George Washington Carver developed crop-rotation methods for conserving nutrients in soil and discovered hundreds of new uses for crops such as the peanut, which created new markets for farmers, especially in the South.
  • Justice for All: The Legacy of Thurgood Marshall
    "Thoroughgood (actual birth name) Marshall was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on July 2, 1908. His father was a railroad porter and his mother was an elementary schoolteacher....."
  • Mae Jemison, first African-American woman to fly in Space
    Dr. Mae C. Jemison blasted into orbit aboard the space shuttle Endeavor on September 12, 1992, the first woman of color to go into space. This historic event was only one of a series of accomplishments for this dynamic African-American women.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project
    This Stanford University project provides the most significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings, and unpublished manuscripts of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Oliver Cromwell
    Born in Burlington County, a revolutionary war hero who crossed the Delaware with General Washington...
  • James Van Der Zee
    American photographer who chronicled life in Harlem, NY.
  • Wilma Rudolph
    Among other accomplishments, Wilma Rudolph became the first American woman to win 3 gold medals in the Olympics.

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