What's New in the Oxford African American Studies Center

What's New: Fall 2015

For the Fall 2015 update, the editors of the Oxford African American Studies Center have added a large amount of online-only content from the Dictionary of African Biography, as well as articles from The African American National Biography.

Community Spotlight: Los Angeles

Part one of our spotlight on Los Angeles with guest editor Keenan Norris a novelist and lecturer at California State University-East Bay features the subject articles:

Affirmative Action and Challenges to Racial Diversity in Higher Education
Afro-Belizeans in Los Angeles: Black Flight or Black Empowerment
Black LA-Based Novelists
Eastside Long Beach: Black History and Culture
History of Jordan Downs and Nickerson Gardens Housing Projects
Martin Luther King Jr./Charles R. Drew Medical Center, History of
Leimert Park Jazz
Tyisha Miller, Murder of

Guest Editorial

This fall update features a guest editorial on Los Angeles by Jervey Tervalon.

New Articles and Biographies

This update also includes new online-only biographies from the Dictionary of African Biography project, including US Marine Corps officer Adele E. Hodges and farmer and centenarian Rosa Lee Blaine-Spears. These brand new entries are only available through the Oxford African American Studies Center.

Biographies from the African American National Biography project are continually updated, keeping the content within the Oxford African American Studies Center accurate. Updates for this fall include the biographies of a variety of notable figures, including Queen front man Freddie Mercury and intelligence agent Lawrence Devlin.

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Focus On

In addition to our ongoing editorial update program, the Oxford African American Studies Center's editors commission and publish bi–monthly a publicly-available Focus On feature, designed to provide insights into topics of current and historical relevance.

This month's Focus On features African Americans and Los Angeles.

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