What's New in the Oxford African American Studies Center

What's New: Winter 2017

Guest Editorial

Guest Scholar, Marcia Chatelain, discusses the #BlackLivesMatter movement in our newest guest editorial.

Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, we are excited to explore the ground-breaking work of black authors with a selection of Oxford African American Studies Center entries available without a subscription:

Angelou, Maya
Baldwin, James
Beck, Robert "Iceberg Slim"
Brooks, Gwendolyn
Butler, Octavia E.
Clifton, Lucille
Danticat, Edwidge
Gaines, Ernest J.
Goines, Donald Joseph
Heron, Giles
hooks, bell
Hughes, Langston
Hurston, Zora Neale
Jackson, Angela
Jacobs, Harriet
Johnson, Mat
Kenan, Randall
Kincaid, Jamaica
Lorde, Audre
Morrison, Toni
Mosley, Walter
Naylor, Gloria
Neely, Barbara
Petry, Ann
Scott-Heron, Gil
Smith, Barbara
Taylor, Mildred D.
Walker, Alice Malsenior
Wheatley, Phillis
Whitehead, Colson

The editors of the Oxford African American Studies Center are proud to announce that Volume 1 of the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography has been added to the site. This update also includes 38 new African American National Biography entries, 13 new Dictionary of African Biography entries, and a lesson plan by Dr. Prudence Cumberbatch on Baltimore Youth Movements 1930s-1960s

Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography

The first volume of the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography features over 300 biographies, including entries on:

  • Usain Bolt, fastest recorded human and 9 time Olympic gold medalist.
  • Agustina, an enslaved woman who became a symbol of resistance to slavery in 18th Century Colombia.
  • Maymie "Madame De Mena" Aiken, Afro-Nicaraguan organizer and journalist who was a leader of the Garvey movement in the US, the Caribbean, and Central America.
  • Dutty Boukman leader of the slave uprising in August 1791 that marked the beginning of the Haitian Revolution.

Discover the story behind the new Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography as told by Editors Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin W. Knight:

New Articles and Biographies

The 38 new African American National Biography entries include Chicago businessman and community leader Jacoby Dickens, Jr., pioneering black fashion model Dorothea Towles Church, civil rights activist Sara Everett Small, and Baltimore's first black police officer Violet Hill Whyte.

The Dictionary of African Biography has been updated with 13 new biographies, such as Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, and Congolese singer M'Pongo Love.

Community Spotlight: Southern California

We continue to add to our spotlight on Southern California with a subject entry on Darnell Hunt and Ana-Christina Ramon's book Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities.

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Focus On

In addition to our ongoing editorial update program, the Oxford African American Studies Center's editors commission and publish a publicly-available Focus On feature, designed to provide insights into topics of current and historical relevance.

This month's Focus On features a photo essay on The Obama Presidency.


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