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 
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Juneteenth 1900

In celebration of Juneteenth read our photo essay, "Emancipation and the Meaning of Juneteenthan" that delves into the holiday that reinforced racial memory and helped develop racial pride through the remembrance of contributions made by African Americans to the development of the United States. Find out more.

Vice President Kamala Harris

Black Lives Matter

Read more about the life of Kamala D. Harris and her journey as an attorney and prosecutor to United States Senator and now as the first African American and Asian American woman Vice President. Find out more.

This month the African American Studies Center added 67 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 20, 2021

What's New in May 2021

This month African American Studies Center adds 67 new articles.

JANUARY 26, 2021

What's new in January 2021

This month African American Studies Center adds 60 new articles.

NOVEMBER 18, 2020

New Photo Essay

This month the African American Studies Center added a new photo essay to the site. Explore "When We See Us: Images from a Black Lives Matter Protest" by Charles Lee and Joseph Griffin, DrPH(c), MPH now.