Welcome to Oxford African American Studies Center

  • The Oxford African American Studies Center provides students, scholars and librarians with more than 20,000 articles by top scholars in the field
  • Over 2,500 images, more than 700 primary sources with specially written commentaries, and nearly 200 maps have been collected to enhance this reference content 
  • Discover over 60 "Focus On" articles which feature essays, photographic essays, and a selected list of articles that will further guide the reader here.

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Slave Narratives

Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral

Some 6,000 narratives written by African American slaves were published between 1700 and 1950.  Memoirs written by slaves or former slaves—full of description, emotion, and reflection—begin the canon of African American literature and this Focus On Photo essay explores these narratives and their authors. Find out more.

Annie Pauline Pindell

 Annie Pauline Pindell,

Read more about the life of  Annie Pauline Pindell, one of the earliest documented Black female concert singers, composers, and songwriters in the country.   Find out more.

This month the African American Studies Center added 21 new articles to the site. Explore the recently published articles now.

Photograph of a monument, during the Black Lives Matter protests

Letter From the Editor

"The following is an excerpt from Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song, the companion book for the PBS series The Black Church, premiering in February 2021..."

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Augustus Jenkins, Jr., Winter Break

Latest Publication

The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography is a major biographical reference work covering the lives and legacies of notable Afro-descendants from the Caribbean and Latin American, men and women from all eras and walks of life.

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MAY 19, 2022

What's New in May 2022

This month African American Studies Center adds 21 new articles.

JANUARY 31, 2022

What's New in January

This month African American Studies Center adds 26 new articles.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2021

What's New in September 2021

This month African American Studies Center adds 74 new articles.