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To African American Sites Home Page

by Lisa Guernsey
New York Times
February 17, 2000

This Web site's producers include the editors of Microsoft's Encarta Africana, the Harvard professors Harry Louis Gates Jr. and Kwame Anthony Appiah. It is a full fledge Web site - with chat rooms, news and the like - and includes content from the encyclopedia; it is not sponsored by Microsoft.

" may be perceived as a commercial site" but it is backed by a team of scholars of African and African-American history. It has a great directory of links, and the breadth of their coverage is really great. You can browse by subject and find anything from the history of the W.P.A. to voodoo to Charlie Parker to great sports figures."

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Mathematics of the African Dispora
Created by Scott W. Williams, a mathematics professor at the University of Buffalo, this site includes profiles of notable contemporary black mathematicians, as well as a historical look at mathematics in Africa.

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Gale Group: Black History

This selection of about 80 short biographies for children is on the Web site of the Gale Group reference publishing company. The subjects include contemporary celebrities like Veronica Webb and Lauren Hill, as well as historic subjects like Frederick Douglass; offbeat figures like the science fiction writer Samuel R. Delaney; and people in the news like Louis Farrakhan.

The site also has a link to a timeline of black history, a quiz and links to 12 other black history and culture sites.

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Gateway To African-American History
Created by the State Department's International Information Programs, this has links to bibliographies, archival and research sites, presidential speeches, and full text versions of government reports, and topics like the Amistad revolt, the civil rights movement and President Clinton's "National Conversation on Race."

A link is also provided to the Association for the study of Afro-American Life and History.


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