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More than 1800 funeral service programs dating from the 1960s to the present collected by the African American Department of the Enoch Pratt Free Library / State Library Resource Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
Focusing predominantly on Atlanta, Chicago, New York, and towns and cities in North Carolina this collection presents multiple aspects of the African American community.
Includes pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records and in-depth oral histories, which reveal the prevalent challenges of racism, discrimination and integration, and a unique African American culture and identity. Also featured is a rich selection of visual material, including photographs, maps and ephemera.
Black Thought and Culture contains approximately 100,000 pages of nonfiction writings by major American black leaders—teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, veterans, entertainers, and others—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 trail transcripts. The ideas of nearly 100 people present an evolving and complex view of what it is to be black in America. The collection includes the words of hundreds of notable people. Important items include: a full run of The Black Panther newspaper; 2,500 pages of exclusive Black Panther oral histories owned by the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation; and the full run of Artist and Influence, originally published by the Hatch-Billops Collection. Includes brief biographical information for all authors.