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African & African American Studies

Web Resources in African & African American Studies

Suggested Web Resources

BlackPast.org  Welcome to BlackPast.org. This 10,000 page reference center is dedicated to providing information to the general public on African American history and on the history of the more than one billion people of African ancestry around the world.  The website is divided into three main areas: African American History (AAH), African American History in the West (AAW), andGlobal African History (GAH).

Digital Schomburg:  Digital Schomburg provides access to trusted information, interpretation and scholarship on the global black experience. Users worldwide can find, in this virtual Schomburg Center, exhibitions, books, articles, photographs, prints, audio and video streams, and selected external links for research in the history and cultures of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Internet African Sourcebook  Provide links to the full text of primary sources in modern history.   

 In Motion: African-American Migration Experience ( SchomburgCenter):  An invaluable source for the study of Black American history, providing free access to over 16,000 texts, 8,000 images and 60 maps relating to Black migration movements from the 15th - 21st century.

Organizations and Resources - Africa

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Statistical Database  ECA's dual role as a regional arm of the UN, and a part of the regional institutional landscape in Africa, positions it well to make unique contributions to member States' efforts to address their development challenges. Its strength derives from its role as the only UN agency mandated to operate at the regional and subregional levels to harness resources and bring them to bear on Africa's priorities.

ECA Sub-Regional Offices  The overall objectives of this sub-programme are to promote the harmonization of national policies in various sectors in support of integration efforts towards the consolidation of sub-regional economic communities (RECs) in the overall framework of the African Union (AU), and facilitate the attainment of the goals set by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

African National Congress:  A comprehensive site for the ANC including current, historical and archival publications and documents of the ANC and its predecessor organizations.

African Union  With a focus on African democracy, unity, and economy and development, The AU strives to promote and protect human and peoples' rights in accordance with the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights and other relevant human rights instruments, as well as establish the necessary conditions which enable the continent to play its rightful role in the global economy and in international negotiations.

African Development Bank  The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group’s mission is to help reduce poverty, improve living conditions for Africans and mobilize resources for the continent’s economic and social development. With this objective in mind, the institution aims at assisting African countries – individually and collectively - in their efforts to achieve sustainable economic development and social progress.

Economic Community of West African States  The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional group of fifteen countries, founded in 1975. Its mission is to promote economic integration in "all fields of economic activity, particularly industry, transport, telecommunications, energy, agriculture, natural resources, commerce, monetary and financial questions, social and cultural matters."

African NGO Database (compiled by Duke University Libraries)  Choose "Africa" under the Region options on the right to filter down to African organizations. No claims to completeness or representative sample size are made.

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