African American Communities uses digitized pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records and in-depth oral histories to present multiple aspects of over 200 years of African American history, culture and identity. Also featured is a rich selection of visual material, including photographs, maps and ephemera.
Key themes covered include:
- Urban renewal and housing problems
- Civil rights activities and protests
- Race relations and community integration
- African American culture
The archive focuses particularly on Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, New York, and towns and cities in North Carolina, pulling sources from archival collections such as the Atlanta History Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis, and Chicago’s Newberry Library.
The trial is active through December 1.