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Celebrating Black History 2022: To Define and Empower

Celebrate Black History with these resources from the CalArts Library's collections! Interested in Black history and Black authors / artists / creators beyond this list? Email We're happy to help!

Black Thought and Culture

Black Thought and Culture is a landmark electronic collection of approximately 100,000 pages of non-fiction writings by major American Black leaders—teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, war veterans, entertainers, and other figures—covering 250 years of history. In addition to the most familiar works, Black Thought and Culture presents a great deal of previously inaccessible material, including letters, speeches, prefatory essays, political leaflets, interviews, periodicals, and trial transcripts. The ideas of over 1,000 authors present an evolving and complex view of what it is to be Black in America.

Black Freedom Struggle in the United States

With a focus on Black Freedom, featuring select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history, this website is a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about the foundation of ongoing racial injustice in the U.S. – and the fights against it.


Black Film Archive

Black Film Archive is a resource and a living register of Black films.  In its current iteration, it showcases Black films made from 1915 to 1979.