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Biography – African American


American Slave Narratives


During the 1930s, formerly enslaved people were interviewed, and their autobiographies were recorded. Life during and after slavery is discussed.


Black Americans in Congress


Biographical profiles, links to information about current African-American members, essays, and images. From the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives.


Breaking Racial Barriers:  African Americans in the Harmon Foundation Collection  


From the National Portrait Gallery, an exhibition of depictions of famous African American men and women; each includes a biography of the sitter.


Excerpts from Slave Narratives  


Recollections of capture, arrival in the New World, conditions, resistance, punishment, escape, family, religion, and emancipation.




"The nation's largest African American video oral history collection." Video interviews of contributors to art, business, civic affairs, education, entertainment, law, media, medicine, military, music, politics, religion, science, sports, and style.


Marian Anderson  


Archive of materials from the career of the renowned concert singer and civil rights pioneer.


Mary Jane McLeod Bethune  


Biography of the eminent educator. The BlackPast site also includes biographies of many other American and international figures.


Matthew Alexander Henson  


A wealth of material about the life of the legendary African American Arctic and North Pole explorer, Matthew Henson.


Martin Luther King, Jr.:  Biographical Outline  


An extensive article about the life, award, publications, and death of Dr. King from The King Center, which Coretta Scott King established in 1968.  With excerpts from Martin Luther King's most famous speeches.


Martin Luther King, Jr.:  NHS Speeches - Dr. King Speeches  


From "The Negro and the Constitution," 1944 through "I've Been to the Mountaintop," 1968, the full texts of each speech are provided.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project  


Speeches, sermons, articles about his influence, biographical information, personal papers, and a timeline about our nation's most celebrated African American leader.


Paul Robeson


All about New Jersey's Renaissance man, a genius in athletics, drama, law, music, politics, and social studies.


Jackie Robinson  


A baseball hero, a political hero. The Jackie Robinson Foundation presents a biography as well as a timeline of his life with images.  



Library of Congress archive of materials related to Jackie Robinson's career, the Negro League, and the color line in baseball. 


Madam C.J. Walker  


The story of the life and work of the first African American millionaire.


Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Her Passion for Justice  


Biography, portrait, and questions to consider about the anti-lynching crusader's impact on her times and ours.


The Malcolm X Project at Columbia University


A timeline of Malcolm X's life expands to provide additional information.


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