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  • 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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Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral

This Focus On photo series takes a look at an assortment of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). An HBCU, according to the Higher Education Act of 1965 , is "any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association." Find out more.

Ernestine Jessie Covington Dent

Dent, Ernestine Jessie Covington

Read more about the life of Ernestine Jessie Covington Dent, pianist, educator, and community leader.   Find out more.

This month the African American Studies Center added 12 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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OCTOBER 13, 2022

What's New in September 2022

This month African American Studies Center adds 12 new articles.

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.