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Celebrate Black History Month

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In honor of Black History Month, explore some of the history, arts, and achievements made by notable African-Americans.

Exploring North Carolina:  African American History (NCpedia)

Discover the history and heritage of African Americans in North Carolina from the colonial era to the present day.  The database covers a selection of resources on important topics and events, including: biographies; the art and cultural heritage of African Americans in the state; slavery and the ante-bellum era; the struggle for citizenship and civil rights; business and educational leadership; politics; and historic sites and monuments.

North Carolina native, Nina Simone


The Rich Heritage of African Americans in North Carolina

(State of NC publication)
A .pdf guide created by the State of North Carolina to explore the history of the African American community in our state. Includes a reference map as well as a listing of historic and cultural sites.


Exlpore these other resources from NC Live

Twentieth-Century African American Poetry
62 of the most important African-American poets of the last century: Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Imamu Amiri Baraka, Audre Lorde and Rita Dove.

African American Poetry
Poems from 1750-1900 including Lucy Terry Prince, Phillis Wheatley, Jupiter Hammon, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and more.

American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography
Life histories of former slaves compiled from 4,000 interviews with ex-slaves.

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