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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Black Lives Matter

Using images of the Black Lives Matter campaign, Marcia Chatelain (Georgetown University) highlights the milestones at of this transformative movement: its accomplishments, its major challenges, and its outlook in an increasingly volatile political climate. Find out more.

When We See Us: Images from a Black Lives Matter Protest

Black Lives Matter

Informed by their backgrounds as artists, scholars, and most importantly, Black men working to center the voices of their community in their respective fields, authors, Charles Lee and Joseph Griffin, DrPH(c), MPH, explore aspects of identity, culture, and history to unearth layers of perceived and personal identities, histories and geographies in this latest photo essay. Find out more.

September 2020 Update

This month the African American Studies Center added 50 new articles to the site. Explore the recently published articles now.

Letter From the Editor

"My most recent letter from the editor, which now feels like it was written a lifetime ago, used a science fiction television show as a springboard for discussing the history of racism. Though the topic was serious, the focus on a surreal, alternate reality seems almost trivial now, a playful what-if that people could discuss at the dinner table or in the classroom..."

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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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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.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

What's New September 2020

This month African American Studies Center adds 50 new articles.

MAY 20, 2020

What's New: May 2020

This month African American Studies Center adds 39 new articles.