Primary Sources: Federal Surveillance of African Americans, 1920-1984

cover page of Malcolm X file“Throughout the twentieth century Black Americans of all political persuasions were subject to federal scrutiny, harassment, and prosecution. The Federal Bureau of Investigation enlisted black “confidential special informants” to infiltrate a variety of organizations. Hundreds of documents in this collection were originated by such operatives. The reports provide a wealth of detail on “Negro” radicals and their organizations. In addition to infiltration, the FBI contributed to the infringement of First Amendment freedoms by making its agents a constant visible presence at radical rallies and meetings. This archive is based on original microfilm.”

It contains the FBI files on A. Philip Randolph, Adam Clayton Powell, the Atlanta Child Murders, the Black Panther Party-North Carolina, the Committee for Public Justice, Elijah Muhammed, the Highlander Folk School, the Ku Klux Klan Murder of Viola Liuzzo, Malcolm X, MIBURN (Mississippi Burning), the Moorish Science Temple of America, the Murder of Lemuel Penn, Muslim Mosque, Inc., the NAACP, the National Negro Congress, the Organization of Afro-American Unity, Paul Robeson, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Roy Wilkins, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Thurgood Marshall, W.E.B. Du Bois, Communist Infiltration of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Marcus Garvey.


Listening to Afrique

Without African aesthetics and ingenuity, the collective culture of the world would not be what it is today. This selection of ebooks from independent publisher Éditions L’Harmattan provides a glimpse of the richness of creative expression in Francophone Africa in particular. It has been compiled in memory of the lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Adama Traoré and others of African ancestry everywhere who have endured centuries of systematic and institutionalized racism and violence.

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Honoring Black History Month at the Library

Honor Black History Month at the library
by Taylor Follett

February is Black History Month! We’ve compiled a small sample of the incredible literary work African American poets, novelists, essayists, and thinkers have penned. Enjoy!

Explore novels by African American authors that came out within the past year:

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