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.

African Americans and Islam

Black Lives Matter

Trace the history of Islam in the African American community from its beginnings with enslaved Africans in the sixteenth century to the Nation of Islam in the 1920s and the prominence of Muslims at the forefront of the Civil Rights movement.

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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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.

JANUARY 28, 2020

What's New January 2020

This month African American Studies Center adds 33 new articles.