1. schomburgcenter:

    To see Josephine Baker’s dance sequence skip to 2:27.  Happy Spring!

    JOSEPHINE. A million times yes.

  2. John Hope Franklin's "Grownup Reading List" →


    From Duke University Libraries…

    Dr. John Hope Franklin, seated in his Durham, NC living room (The Telegraph)

    The preeminent historian, scholar and author John Hope Franklin (January 2, 1915 – March 25, 2009) assembled an annotated list of must-reads for people with a serious interest in African American history.

    I would also add Dr. Franklin’s From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans (first published in 1947). This book is a staple for African American studies classes.

    So cool.

  3. "What about the possibility of one day making a poem?" - Nikky Finney’s acceptance speech, at last night’s National Book Awards, upon winning for her book of poems Head Off & Split. Skip ahead to 17:30. Watch it. It will give you goosebumps.

  4. 106 Years of Black Indianapolis History Online →

    This free and open access resource makes well over 5,000 issues of the community newspaper—dated from 1899 to 2005 and captured from the microfilm version of the weekly broadsheet—available through the World Wide Web.

    The Indianapolis Recorder is the single most important tool for researching the history of African Americans in Indianapolis during the 20th century, says Wilma Moore, senior archivist of African-American History, Indiana Historical Society Library & Archives. 

    The full-text searchable archive is available online.