African-American Studies


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The African-American studies minor at Mary Baldwin uses an inter-disciplinary approach to critically analyze, interpret, and research the history and culture of people of the African Diaspora. This minor provides resources for understanding African-Americans and African descended peoples in the broad context of cultural developments in the Americas generally and the United States specifically. Students use theoretical and practical models drawn from African-American studies, history, philosophy, politics, literature, sociology, music, and the arts.

African-American studies is available as a minor.

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Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Womanist Theory and Research


Central Library, Vanderbilt University—Resources for African American and Diaspora Studies

Without Sanctuary

Marian Anderson Collection of Photographs,1898-1992
Ms. Coll. 198

Madame C.J. Walker—Images

The Face of Slavery & Other Early Images of African Americans

The Jackson Davis Collection of African American Educational Photographs

Digital Schomburg Images of African Americans from the 19th Century

Mirror Images: Daguerreotype the Library of Congress

Portraits by Carl Van Vechten

United States National Slavery Museum

International Civil Rights Museum

Ferris State University Museum of Racist Memorabilia

National Civil Rights Museum

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Motown Historical Museum

DuSable Museum of African American History

American Jazz Museum

The Robert Russa Moton Museum

Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail

We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement

Separate but Not Equal: Race, Education, and Prince Edward County



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