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Books & Resources for African American History Month: Home

Learn about African American history with resources available from Maag Library and the Curriculum Resource Center: books, ebooks, journals, research databases, government documents, and streaming videos!


Due to safety and health protocols, Maag and CRC shelves are closed to browsing, but you can request items in each book's record in the MaagNET Library Catalog for pickup at Maag or the CRC: Video: How to Request Maag Materials.

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Cover: 24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid (2020)
Willie Mays and John Shea
Maag Reference Circulating Best Sellers Collection GV865 .M38 A3 2020
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Cover: Africaville: A NovelAfricaville: A Novel (2019)
Jeffrey Colvin
Maag Reference Circulating Best Sellers PS3603 .O4685 A68 2019
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Cover: American PrisonAmerican Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment (2018)
Shane Bauer
Maag Reference Circulating Best Sellers HV9471 .B384 2018b
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Cover: An American Summer: Love and Death in ChicagoAn American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago (2019)
Alex Kotlowitz
Maag Reference Circulating Best Sellers HQ799.2 .V56 K68 2019
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Cover: BecomingBecoming (2018)
Michelle Obama
Maag Best Sellers E909 .O24 O23 2018
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Cover: How to Be an AntiracistHow to Be an Antiracist (2019)
Ibram X. Kendi
Maag Best Sellers E184 .A1 K344 2019
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Cover: Jay-Z: Made in AmericaJay-Z: Made in America (2019)
Michael Eric Dyson
Maag Reference Circulating Best Sellers ML420 .D97 J6 2019
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Cover: The MemoThe Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table (2019)
Minda Harts
Maag Reference Circulating Best Sellers HD6057.5 .U5 H37 2019


Cover: Stolen JusticeStolen Justice: The Struggle for African American Voting Rights (2020)
Lawrence Goldstone
Maag Reference Circulating Best Sellers JK1924 .G65 2020
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Among Others: Blackness at MoMA (2019)
The Museum of Modern Art
Maag Stacks N8232 .E565 2019x

Cover: Answering the CallAnswering the Call: An Autobiography of the Modern Struggle to End Racial Discrimination in America (2016)
Nathaniel R. Jones
Maag Stacks KF373 .J663 A3 2016
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Cover: Bound in WedlockBound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century (2017)
Tera W. Hunter
Maag Stacks E185.86 .H86 2017


Cover: The Brilliance of Black BoysThe Brilliance of Black Boys: Cultivating School Success in the Early Grades (2018)
Brian L. Wright with Shelly L. Counsell
Maag Stacks LC2765 .W75 2018


Cover: The Broken Heart of AmericaThe Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States (2020)
Walter Johnson
Maag Stacks F474 .S257 J65 2020
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Cover: Christian SlaveryChristian Slavery: Conversion and Race in the Protestant Atlantic World (2018)
Katharine Gerbner
Maag Stacks HT913 .G47 2018
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Cover: Consuming StoriesConsuming Stories : Kara Walker and the Imagining of American Race (2016)
Rebecca Peabody
Maag Stacks N6537 .W239 P43 2016
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Cover: Cooking GeneCooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South (2018)
Michael W. Twitty
Maag Stacks E185.89 .F66 T95 2018x
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Cover: Critical Race Theory in Teacher EducationCritical Race Theory in Teacher Education: Informing Classroom Culture and Practice (2019)
Edited by Keonghee Tao Han, Judson Laughter
Maag Stacks LB1715 .C733 2019
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Cover: The Dawn of DetroitThe Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits (2017)
Tiya Miles
Maag Stacks F574 .D457 M55 2017
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Cover: Hidden FiguresHidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race (2016)
Margot Lee Shetterly
Maag Stacks QA27.5 .L44 2016x
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Cover: Is Everyone Really Equal?Is Everyone Really Equal? An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education (2017)
Özlem Sensoy and Robin DiAngelo
Maag Stacks LC191 .S38 2017
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Cover: Mark BradfordMark Bradford (2018)
Anita Hill, Sebastian Smee, Connie Butler
Maag Stacks Oversize N6537 .B6813 A4 2018x
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Cover: Mark Bradford: Tomorrow is Another DayMark Bradford: Tomorrow is Another Day (2017)
Organized by the Baltimore Museum of Art, in conjunction with the Rose Art Museum
Maag Stacks Oversize N6537 .B6813 A4 2017x
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Cover: Phenomenal WomenPhenomenal Women : Twelve Youngstown Stories (2016)
Collected and edited by Lit Youngstown
Maag Stacks E185.96 .P44 2016x



Cover: Phillis Wheatly Chooses FreedomPhillis Wheatley Chooses Freedom: History, Poetry, and the Ideals of the American Revolution (2018)
G.J. Barker-Benfield
Maag Stacks PS866 .W5 Z56 2018
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Cover: Piecing Me TogetherPiecing Me Together (2017)
Renee Watson
Maag Stacks PZ7 .W32868 Pi 2017
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Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing (2017)
Joy DeGruy, PhD
Maag Stacks RC451.5 .N4 L43 2017x

Cover: Race, Ethnicity, Crime, and JusticeRace, Ethnicity, Crime, and Justice (2016)
Edited by Matthew B. Robinson
Maag Stacks HV9960 .U55 R33 2016
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Cover: Race, Justice, and Activism in Literacy InstructionRace, Justice, and Activism in Literacy Instruction (2020)
Edited by Valerie Kinloch, Tanja Burkhard, Carlotta Penn
Maag Stacks LC2778 .L34 R33 2020x
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Cover: They Were Her PropertyThey Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South (2019)
Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers
Maag Stacks E443 .J775 2019
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Wendell Harrison: 2018 Kresge Eminent Artist (2018)
Kresge Foundation
Maag Stacks ML419 .H37 W46 2018x


Below are some of the items that can be requested from the Curriculum Resource Center in Beeghly Hall:

Cover: Advancing Black Male Student Success from Preschool Through Ph.D.Advancing Black Male Student Success from Preschool Through Ph.D. (2016)
Edited by Shaun R. Harper and J. Luke Wood
CRC LC Collection LC2731 .H36 2016
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Cover: Cultivating the Genius of Black ChildrenCultivating the Genius of Black Children: Strategies to Close the Achievement Gap in the Early Years (2016)
Debra Ren-Etta Sullivan
CRC LC Collection LC2765 .S85 2016
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Cover: Cutting SchoolCutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education (2017)
Noliwe Rooks
CRC LC Collection LB2806.36 .R76 2017
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Cover: Measuring RaceMeasuring Race: Why Disaggregating Data Matters for Addressing Educational Inequality (2020)
Edited by Robert T. Teranishi, Bach Mai Dolly Nguyen, Cynthia M. Alcantar, Edward R. Curammeng

CRC LC Collection LC213.2 .M448 2020
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Cover: The Port Chicago 50The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights (2014)
Steve Sheinkin
Maag Stacks D810 .N4 S44 2014
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Cover: Race and Colorism in EducationRace and Colorism in Education (2017)
Edited by Carla R. Monroe
CRC LC Collection LC212 .R34 2017
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Cover: Race DialoguesRace Dialogues: A Facilitator's Guide to Tackling the Elephant in the Classroom (2019)
Donna Rich Kaplowitz, Shayla Reese Griffin, Sheri Seyka
CRC LC Collection LC1099.3 .K36 2019
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Cover: Readings for Diversity and Social JusticeReadings for Diversity and Social Justice (2018)
Edited by Maurianne Adams [and others]
CRC LC Collection E184 .A1 R386 2018
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Cover: Reclaiming the Multicultural Roots of U.S. CurriculumReclaiming the Multicultural Roots of U.S. Curriculum: Communities of Color and Official Knowledge in Education (2016)
Wayne Au, Anthony L. Brown, Dolores Calderón
CRC LC Collection LB1570 .A94 2016
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Cover: Shocking the ConscienceShocking the Conscience: A Reporter's Account of the Civil Right Movement (2013)
Simeon Booker with Carol McCabe Booker
Maag Stacks E185.61 .B697 2013
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Cover: Walk in Their KicksA Walk in Their Kicks: Literacy, Identity, and the Schooling of Young Black Males (2019)
Aaron M. Johnson
CRC LC Collection LC2731 .J64 2019
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Cover: Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race (2017)
Beverly Daniel Tatum
CRC LC Collection E185.625 .T38 2017
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When off campus, you will be asked to authenticate with your name and YSU ID# when logging in to research databases, journals, ebooks, and other electronic resources.


Below are some of the databases available in the A-Z Research Databases list:

Index and abstracts of literature covering the history and culture of the U.S. and Canada, from prehistory to the present.

Includes more than 2.7 million articles from 150 journals in social science, history, and liberal arts.

Digital documents related to slavery, abolition, and emancipation; includes broadsheets, letters, speeches, and photos.

Includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to race relations, including ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.

U.S. HISTORY (Gale in Context)
Primary and secondary history sources combined with media-rich selections.

U.S. HISTORY (Gale OneFile)
Provides full-text, balanced coverage of both current thoughts on events in U.S. history as well as scholarly work established in the field.


Keyword search or click on three parallel lines at top left of screen to view Subjects, Popular Categories, and Featured Producers. Subjects: Ethnic & Diversity under Cultural Anthropology.


Below are some of the journals available through Maag Library:

ASC=Academic Search Complete; BSC=Business Source Complete; CMMC=Communication & Mass Media Complete; EJC=Electronic Journal Center

African American Review: 9/14/2009-present in EJC

Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy: 1/1/1994-present Open Access

Black Camera: A Micro Journal of Black Film Studies: 3/4/2009-present in EJC

Black Enterprise: 5/1/1990-present in ASC

The Black Scholar: 6/1/1991-present (18-month delay) in ASC

Black Theology: An International Journal: 11/1/2002-present (12-month delay) in ASC

Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology: 2/1/1999-present in EJC

Endarch: Journal of Black Political Research: 1/1/1974-present Open Access

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal: 1/1/2010-present at Publisher Site

Ethnic and Racial Studies:1/1/1978-present (18-month full-text delay) in SocINDEX

Fire!!!: 1/1/2012-7/1/2020 in JSTOR

Howard Journal of Communications: 3/1/1988-present (18-month delay) in CMMC

INSIGHT into Diversity: 11/1/2009-present in BSC

James Baldwin Review: 1/1/2015-present Open Access

Journal of African American Males in Education: 2/1/2010-present in Education Full Text

Journal of African American Studies: 6/1/2003-present in EJC

Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity: Education, Research & Policy: 3/1/2007-present in BSC

Journal of Black Psychology: 8/1/1974-present in EJC

Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships: 1/15/2014-present in EJC

Journal of Black Studies: 9/1/1970-present in EJC

Journal of Cultural Diversity: 3/1/2003-present in ASC

Journal of Diversity in Higher Education: 3/1/2008-present in EJC

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved: 3/25/1990-present in EJC

Journal of Mulitcultural Counseling & Development: 1/1/2012-present in EJC

Journal of Multicultural Discourses: 6/1/2006-present (18-month delay) in CMMC

Journal of Negro Education: 1/1/1994-present in Education Full Text

MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States: 3/1/1996-present at Publisher Site

Multicultural Education: 3/1/2005-present in SocINDEX

Multicultural Perspectives: 1/1/1999-present (18-month delay) in ASC

National Review of Black Politics: 1/1/2020-present at Publisher Site

Poverty & Race: 11/1/2009-present in Points of View Reference Center

Profiles in Diversity Journal: 9/1/2007-present in BSC

Race & Class: A Journal on Racism, Empire & Globalisation: 10/1/1974-present in EJC

Race & Justice: 1/1/2011-present in EJC

Race & Social Problems: 3/1/2009-present in EJC

The Review of Black Political Economy: 1/1/1971-present available at Publisher Site

Slavery & Abolition: 4/1/2004-present (18-month delay) in ASC

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity: 1/1/2015-present in EJC

Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men: 10/11/2012-present in EJC

Western Journal of Black Studies: 6/1/1996-present in ASC

Women, Gender, and Families of Color: 9/14/2014-present in LGBTQ + Source


Below are some of the ebook titles from Cambridge University Press Ebooks:

Advocates of Freedom: African American Transatlantic Abolitionism in the British Isles (2020) Hannah-Rose Murray

African American Language: Language development from Infancy to Adulthood (2020) Mary Kohn

African Americans and the Pacific War, 1941-1945: Race, Nationality, and the Fight for Freedom (2018) Chris Dixon

The African Methodist Episcopal Church: A History (2020) Dennis C. Dickerson

African Women in the Atlantic World: Property, Vulnerability & Mobility, 1660-1880 (2019) Edited by Mariana P. Candido, Adam Jones

American Slavery, American Imperialism: US Perceptions of Global Servitude, 1870–1914 (2020) Catherine Armstrong

The Antebellum Origins of the Modern Constitution: Slavery and the Spirit of the American Founding (2020) Simon J. Gilhooley

The Anticolonial Front: The African American Freedom Struggle and Global Decolonisation, 1945-1960 (2017) John Munro

As If She Were Free: A Collective Biography of Women and Emancipation in the Americas (2020) Edited by Erica L. Ball

The Atlantic Slave Trade from West Central Africa, 1780-1867 (2017) Daniel B. Dominguies da Silva

Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana (2020) Alejandro de la Fuente and Ariela J. Gross

Being Black in the World (2019) N. Chabani Manganyi

Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (2018) Martha S. Jones

Black Resettlement and the American Civil War (2021) Sebastian N. Page

Civil Rights in America: A History (2020) Christopher W. Schmidt

Dangerously Divided: How Race and Class Shape Winning and Losing in American Politics (2020) Zoltan L. Hajnal

Deferred Dreams, Defiant Struggles: Critical Perspectives on Blackness, Belonging and Civil Rights (2018) Edited by Violet Showers Johnson, Gundolf Graml, Patricia Williams Lessane

Duke Ellington Studies (2017) Edited by John Howland

Healing Knowledge in Atlantic Africa: Medical Encounters, 1500-1850 (2021) Kalle Kananoja

The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy (2017) Andrea Flynn, Dorian T. Warren, Felicia J. Wong, Susan R. Holmberg

A History of African American Poetry (2019) Lauri Ramey

A History of the African American Novel (2017) Valerie Babb

A History of the Harlem Renaissance (2021) Edited by Rachel Farebrother

Inside the Invisible: Memorialising Slavery and Freedom in the Life and Works of Lubaina Himid (2020) Celest-Marie Bernier, Alan Rice, Lubaina, Hannah Durkin

Liberated Africans and the Abolition of the Slave Trade, 1807-1896 (2020) Edited by Richard Anderson, Henry B. Lovejoy

Literary Ambition and the African American Novel (2019) Michael Nowlin

Middle-Class African American English (2021) Tracey L. Weldon

Moral Contagion: Black Atlantic Sailors, Citizenship, and Diplomacy in Antebellum America (2019) Michael A. Schoeppner

Networked News, Racial Divides: How Power and Privilege Shape Public Discourse in Progressive Communities (2017) Sue Robinson

Politics Beyond Black and White: Biracial Identity and Attitudes in America (2018) Lauren D. Davenport

Predatory Lending and the Destruction of the African-American Dream (2020) Janis Sarra and Cheryl Wade

Race, Class, and Social Welfare: American Populism Since the New Deal (2020) Erik J. Engstrom

Race, Transnationalism, and Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies (2017) Robert S. Levine

The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America (2018) Bernard L. Fraga

The Underground Railroad and the Geography of Violence in Antebellum American (2019) Robert H. Churchill

Visualising Slavery: Art Across the African Diaspora (2017) Edited by Celeste-Marie Bernier, Hannah Durkin

The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History (2017) Anne C. Bailey


Below are some of the ebook titles from Electronic Book Center:

African Americans in the Colonial Era: From African Origins Through the American Revolution (2017) Donald R. Wright

American Routes: Racial Palimpsests and the Transformation of Race (2017) Angel Adams Parham

Artificial Color: Modern Food and Racial Fictions (2018) Catherine Keyser

Bearing Witness While Black: African Americans, Smartphones, and the New Protest #Journalism (2020) Allissa V. Richardson

Black and Blue: How African Americans Judge the U.S. Legal System (2018) James L. Gibson, Michael Nelson

Black Natural Law (2016) Vincent W. Lloyd

Black Samson: The Untold Story of an American Icon (2020) jeremy Schipper, Nyasha Junior

A Dream of the Future: Race, Empire, and Modernity at the Atlanta and Nashville World's Fairs (2018) Nathan Cardon

The Hidden Among the Hidden: African-American Elder Male Caregivers (2017) John t. Groce, Helen K. Black, Charles E. Harmon

Jim Crow North: The Struggle for Equal Rights in Antebellum New England (2017) Richard Archer

Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora (2017) Joanna Dee Das

Litigating Across the Color Line: Civil Cases Between Black and White Southerners from the End of Slavery to Civil Rights (2017) Melissa Milewski

Madness in the City of Magnificent Intentions: A History of Race and Mental Illness in the Nation's Capital (2019) Martin Summers

Making Music American: 1917 and the Transformation of Culture (2018) E. Douglas Bomberger

Mahalia Jackson and the Black Gospel Field (2018) Mark Burford

Multiracial Identity and Racial Politics in the United States (2017) Natalie Masuoka

Obama on Our Minds: The Impact of Obama on the Psyche of America (2016) Lori A. Barker

The Preacher King: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Word that moved America (2019) Richard Lischer

Promises to Keep: African Americans and the Constitutional Order, 1776 to the Present (2020) Donald G. Nieman

Raciolinguistics: How Language Shapes Our Ideas About Race (2016) Edited by Arnetha R. Ball, John R. Rickford, H. Samy Alim

Slavery and Class in the American South: A Generation of Slave Narrative Testimony, 1840-1865 (2019) William L. Andrews

Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries: British Literature, Political Thought, and the Transatlantic Book Trade, 1731-1814 (2019) Sean D. Moore

Soul Mates: Religion, Sex, Love, and Marriage among African Americans and Latinos (2016) Nicholas H. Wolfinger, W. Bradford Wilcox

Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics (2016) Josef Sorett

The Spiritual Lives of Young African Americans (2017) Almeda Wright

Steeped in the Blood of Racism: Black Power, Law and Order, and the 1970 Shootings at Jackson State College (2020) Professor Nancy K. Bristow

Theorizing Race in the Americas: Douglass, Sarmiento, Du Bois, and Vasconcelos (2017) Juliet Hooker

Transamerican Sentimentalism and Nineteenth-Century US Literary History (2020) Maria A. Windell

The Transformation of Black Music: The Rhythms, the Songs, and the Ships of the African Diaspora (2017) Sam Floyd, Guthrie Ramsey, Melanie Zeck

We Are an African People: Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical Imagination (2016) Russell Rickford

What is African American Literature? (2021) Margo N. Crawford

Where Is All My Relation? The Poetics of Dave the Potter (2018) Michael A. Chaney


Black Soldier, White Army: The 24th Infantry Regiment in Korea: Center of Military History, U.S. Army

Examining the Race Effects of Stand Your Ground Laws: Briefing Before the United States Commission on Civil Rights, Held in Orlando, FL: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Freedom by the Sword: The U.S. Colored Troops, 1862-1867: U.S. Army, Center of Military History

The Impact of Incarceration and Mandatory Minimums on Survivors: Exploring the Impact of Criminalizing Policies on African American Women and Girls: U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women

Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965: Center of Military History, U.S. Army

Lift Every Voice : Planning Guide: National Museum of African American History & Culture, Smithsonian

Next Generation: A College Completion Tool Kit for First-Generation and Nontraditional Students: A Comprehensive Guide to Position First-Generation and Nontraditional African American Students for Postsecondary Success: U.S. Department of Education, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

The Opiod Crisis and the Black/African American Population: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Behavioral Health Equity

Path Breakers: U.S. Marine African American Officers in Their Own Words: History Division, United States Marine Corps

Tuskegee Airmen Chronology: Organizational History Branch, Air Force Historical Research Agency