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H-Afro-Am electronic discussion forum.

"member of H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine. The main mission of H-Afro-Am is to provide an exchange of information for professionals, faculty and advanced students, in the field of African American Studies (also called Afrocentricity, Africology, Africana Studies, Afro-American Studies, Black Studies, and Pan-African Studies). "

African Studies Programs, Research Centers and Universities

Includes links to institutions, research resources on the Internet, grants, fellowships.

Affordable Colleges Online: Multicultural Guides

Provides community resources and tools related to higher education with an eye on affordability and accreditation. It includes a search tool to help students find inclusive universities, scholarships for unique groups of students, and advice for getting involved on campus.

"eBlack Studies is a project in cyberspace. Its purpose is to provide information for students and scholars in all academic fields that focus primarily on Africa and the African Diaspora. Our mission is one stop shopping for everyone in the field of Africana Studies, especially graduate students, faculty, librarians, departmental webmasters, and interested search engines." The site includes links to journals, organizations, undergraduate and graduate programs.

Introduction to Afro-American Studies: A Peoples College Primer (Print your own copy of this 377-page e-book.)

The Black Collegian Online

Resources for scholarships, career planning, and professional development, plus a content-rich section called African American Issues with articles on history and current events.

National Council for Black Studies

"The National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) is the leading organization of Black Studies professionals in the world.  For more than 30 years our members have been at the forefront of driving the development of Black/Africana Studies as a respected academic discipline.  Our commitment to putting theory into practice, however, has also led us to the front lines of community issues throughout the African Diaspora.  Our guiding philosophy is that education should engender both academic excellence and social responsibility. Our members include top scholars, community leaders and students focused on a variety of issues related to the African World experience. "

Historically Black Colleges & Universities

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, defines an HBCU as: "...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 determined by the Secretary [of Education] to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered or is, according to such an agency or association, making reasonable progress toward accreditation." This site provides links to 105 two and four-year private and public institutions, plus links to related commissions, boards and conferences.

Top 30 Historically Black Colleges (at

There are over 100 colleges that identify as HBCUs. Using student surveys, faculty surveys, independent research, ranking systems, and the input of highly credible and authoritative sources, this guide ranked the Top 30, and for each you'll find the Graduation Rate, Retention Rate, Admissions Rate, and Tuition. You'll also find a brief essay with background information, and links to further information. strives to help students make an educated choice about their future. They've created a customizable database of colleges which can be searched according to your interests, and sorted according to your priorities.

HBCU Network

The HBCU Network is a community that facilitates professional and social networking for the upwardly-mobile Black College graduate. News, articles, community and more.

African American Biographical Database

"The African American Biographical Database is a resource of first resort when you are looking for biographical information, including photographs and illustrations, for African Americans. From the famous to the everyday person, AABD includes profiles and full-text sketches providing both biographical detail and illuminating narratives chronicling the lives of Black Americans.

"Each text used in the African American Biographical Database has been fully digitized so that in addition to searching for specific biographic sketches, you essentially have direct access to a rich collection of African American reference works, many of which are rare books. "

Black Drama

"Black Drama contains the full text of 1,200 plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by more than 150 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries. Many of the works are rare, hard to find, or out of print. James Vernon Hatch, the playwright, historian, and curator of the landmark Hatch-Billops Collection, is the project's editorial advisor. Nearly a quarter of the collection will consist of previously unpublished plays by writers such as Langston Hughes, Ed Bullins, Willis Richardson, Amiri Baraka, Randolph Edmonds, Zora Neale Hurston, and many others.

"Each play is extensively and deeply indexed, allowing both keyword and multi-fielded searching. The plays are accompanied by reference materials, significant ancillary information, a rich performance database, and images. The result is an exceptionally deep and unified collection that illustrates the many purposes that black theater has served: to give testimony to the ancient foundations of black culture; to protest injustices; to project emerging images of the New Black; and to give voice to the many and varied expressions of black creativity. "

Black Studies Center- Black Studies Center combines three invaluable resources for research and teaching in Black Studies: Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP), and The Chicago Defender. This fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies includes scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, and much more.

Books, Journals & Magazines (See more)

International Index to Black Periodicals IIBP Full Text draws its current content from more than 150 international scholarly and popular periodicals in Black studies.

African American Career World "... is the recruitment link between students and professionals who are African American and the major corporations that seek to hire them. Each edition includes columns, departments, and feature articles that target the African-American sector of the U.S. population." 2 issues/12 months Free subscription for qualified African American students and professionals

Black Issues Book Review 6 issues annually.
"Black Issues Book Review showcases the burgeoning world of African American Literature. Each thought provoking, entertaining issue expresses the joy of reading with a unique blend of provocative reviews, author interviews, and insightful commentary."

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education "The nation's only news magazine dedicated exclusively to minority issues in higher education, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education provides in-depth and up-to-date coverage of the diverse education community with information that is of particular interest to African Americans, Native Americans, Asian and Hispanic Americans, Americans with disabilities, and women. " (Formerly called Black Issues in Higher Education.) 26 issues/12 months

Journal of Blacks in Higher Education "Dedicated to the conscientious investigation of the status and prospects for African Americans in higher education." Quarterly

Journal of Black Studies 6 issues/annual subscribe directly at Sage Publications.
"For the last third of a century, the Journal of Black Studies has been the leading source for dynamic, innovative, and creative research on the Black experience. Poised to remain at the forefront of the recent explosive growth in quality scholarship in the field of Black studies, the Journal of Black Studies is published six times per year. This means a greater number of important and intellectually provocative articles exploring key issues facing African Americans and Blacks can now be given voice. 6 issues/12 months .

QBR: The Black Book Review "Dedicated to books about the African American experience. Contains fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children's books, and health and lifestyle management." 6 issues/12 months

Black College Today " Bi-monthly. Covers newsmakers, scholarships, issues and more.

Black Collegian "Articles aimed at African-American college students offering the information, guidance and assistance needed to survive and succeed in a complex and demanding society. " Semi-annual

Interdisciplinary Guide to Black Studies "A handy, one-volume sourcebook, the G.K. Hall Interdisciplinary Bibliographic Guide to Black Studies lists current publications cataloged during the past year by The New York Public Library." Annual

Alkalimat, Abdul. The African American Experience in Cyberspace: A Resource Guide to the Best Web Sites on Black Culture and History. Pluto Press, 2004. Read more and order at

I could review this book in one word: Indispensable! Abdul Alkalimat is a sociologist and pioneer in the development of Black Studies, currently serving as moderator of H-Afro-Am electronic discussion forum. Books about Internet resources can become outdated quickly as web sites move and administrators needlessly change directory naming protocols. But this book is so much more than a mere directory of useful sites that it will have a long shelf life. It provides extensive annotation and an interpretive framework for Black Studies, organized by major historical periods and themes. It includes a wealth of printed resources as well, making it valuable even to someone who rarely ventures online. No college or community library should be without it. And at this price, neither should any home bookshelf.