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African Americans in the LGBTQ Community

African Americans have always been a vibrant part of the LGBTQ community, making important contributions to the ongoing fight for social, economic, and racial justice.

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.The Oxford African American Studies Center turned ten years old in 2016, a milestone that was difficult to imagine in the early days of online reference publishing. Since its founding, AASC has built on its initial foundation by adding thousands of new articles, primary source documents, and learning resources.

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Lesson Plans Country Profiles Focus On
Use the Oxford African American Studies Center to bring online learning into the classroom. Vital statistics and reference articles on countries that have been central to the history of Africans and African Americans. Explore photo essays on important events, people, and themes in African American history.


Franklin W. Knight

Franklin W. Knight introduces the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography.

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What's New


African Americans in the LGBTQ Community
  • The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography has been added to the African American Studies Center. Over 2000 biographies of notable Afro-descendants from the Caribbean and Latin America ranging from the colonial period to the present are now available.
  • African American Studies Center: New entries including an analysis of Boyz N the Hood and Killer Sheep by Ellen Scott and a spotlight on Los Angeles' culinary landscape by Tracy Augustine.
  • Dictionary of African Biography: 25 new biographies, including social activist Michael Scott, and South African musician Raymond Chikapa Phiri.
Lesson Plans

Using Digital Sources to Teach about Enslavement and the Underground Railroad in Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southern Indiana

This lesson plan explores the legacy of the Underground Railroad in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio as well the effect it had on the nation at large.

Teacher Resources

Building a Community of Scholars

Dr. Theresa Vara-Dannen discusses her work with high school students to create scholarly entries for the African American National Biography.

Guide to Reference Works

This feature allows you to scroll through the tables of contents for each of the major reference works on the Oxford African American Studies Center, including the African American National Biography, Africana, Black Women in America, the Encyclopedia of African American History, as well as the newly added Dictionary of African Biography and the Encyclopedia of African Thought.

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What's Inside
  • 10,000 articles Over 10,000 articles from Oxford's authoritative reference program — with primary source documents, images, maps, chart and tables, and much more!
  • Notepad Search and Browse features allow you to focus and refine results by era and subject category.
  • Globe Primary Source Documents, with specially written commentaries, take you through the personal and public histories of African Americans.
  • Calendar Charts and tables provide information on everything from demographics to government and politics to business and labor to education and the arts