Black Life in America

From 1704 to today, discover the history and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media.

  • Learn about the profound impact that people of African descent have had on American history.
  • Get critical perspectives on the experiences of being Black in America.
  • Delve into the history, culture, and daily life of Black people in America.
  • Explore issues of equity and race, including how the dominant culture has portrayed and perceived people of African descent throughout the centuries.

What You Get

  • Includes coverage from 400 Black-owned newspapers to 19,000 American and global news sources - across four centuries
  • Updated daily with new content
  • Search by date, source location, or keyword
  • Sections include: 1704-1877 (Arrival in America through Reconstruction), 1878-1975 (Jim Crow through the Civil Rights Movement) and 1976-Today (Black History Month to Today)

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Meet the Staff

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Kaitlin is passionate about helping the Westerville Public Library remain strong for future generations.

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Catie enjoys sharing her favorite audiobooks, cookbooks, and graphic novels with library visitors.

Jackie B.

Jackie has made a career of working with communities to tell their stories and preserve their history.

Erin Francoeur

Originally from the Midwest, Erin Francoeur (rhymes with "encore") has followed her passion for libraries from Kansas to California.
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