African and African-American Studies

Research Centers, Associations, and Projects

Africa Action
Africa Action is the oldest organization in the U.S. working on African affairs. Our mission is to change U.S. Africa relations to promote political, economic and social justice in Africa. We provide accessible information and analysis and we mobilize popular support for campaigns to achieve this mission.

African American Museum—Dallas
The African American Museum is the only museum in the Southwestern United States devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural and historical materials. It also has one of the largest African American folk art collections in the United States. The African American Museum incorporates a wide variety of visual art forms and historical documents that portray the African American experience in the United States, Southwest, and Dallas. The main objective of the Museum is the presentation of meaningful experiences for children and adults who would not ordinarily visit a museum. The rich heritage of black art and history is housed in four vaulted galleries, augmented by a research library. Living African American culture is experienced through entertaining and educational programs presented in the theater, studio arts area and classrooms. The Museum's permanent collections include African art; African American fine art; magazine, historical, political and community archives.

African National Congress
South Africa’s National Liberation Movement

African Studies Association
The African Studies Association was founded in 1957 as a non-profit organization open to all individuals and institutions interested in African affairs. Its mission is to bring together people with a scholarly and professional interest in Africa. The ASA also provides information and support services to the Africanist community. Three publications are currently produced annually: ASA News, African Studies Review, and History in Africa. With approximately 2,200 individual and institutional members, the ASA is the leading North American organization that promotes African studies. The ASA is hosted by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

African Union
The AU is Africa's premier institution and principal organization for the promotion of accelerated socio-economic integration of the continent, which will lead to greater unity and solidarity between African countries and peoples. The AU is based on the common vision of a united and strong Africa and on the need to build a partnership between governments and all segments of civil society, in particular women, youth and the private sector, in order to strengthen solidarity and cohesion amongst the peoples of Africa.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from the now fabled performance in March 1958, at the 92nd Street Young Men's Hebrew Association in New York. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. Today, led by Artistic Director, Judith Jamison, AAADT has gone on to perform for an estimated 21 million people in 48 states and in 71 countries on six continents, including two historic residencies in South Africa. The company has earned a reputation as one of the most acclaimed international ambassadors of American culture, promoting the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance.

Amistad Research Center—Tulane University
As the nation's largest independent archives specializing in the history of African Americans and other ethnic groups, the Amistad Research Center is dedicated to preserving America's ethnic heritage by providing a home to the manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, books, periodicals and works of art that contain the history of peoples, of nations, of beliefs and dreams, of a past worth sharing with the future. The holdings include the papers of prominent artists, educators, authors, business leaders, clergy, lawyers, factory workers, farmers and musicians. The collection contains approximately 250,000 photographs dating from 1859. Literary manuscript holdings contain letters and original manuscripts from prominent Harlem Renaissance writers and poets. The Center is guardian to more than 800 works of African and African American art, including works by several internationally renowned 19th and 20th century African American masters.

The Anacostia Community Museum
As the Smithsonian Institution's museum of African American history and culture, the Museum explores American history, society, and creative expression from an African American perspective. The museum encourages the collection, protection, and preservation of materials that reflect the history and traditions of families, organizations, individuals, and communities.

Association of African UniversitiesThe Association of African Universities (AAU) is the apex organization and forum for consultation, exchange of information and co-operation among institutions of higher education in Africa. It represents the voice of higher education in Africa on regional and international bodies and supports networking by institutions of higher education in teaching, research, information exchange and dissemination. Headquarters are in Ghana.

Buffalo Soldiers and Indian Wars
The mission of the Buffalo Soldier Network is to honor the memory of the Buffalo Soldiers, in historical, educational, and genealogical perspectives. Includes text, photos, and video from the Library of Congress.

Center for Black Music Research
Examine library & archives, and musical styles & genres sections for bibliographies, discographies, and brief descriptive essays.

Centre for Civil Society
The organization focuses on strengthening the non-profit and voluntary sector by disseminating information to the sector itself, and by building networks and encouraging collaboration both within the sector and between it and researchers and teachers in Higher Education institutions around the country. Research and advocacy skills are promoted to develop quality education. Categories of organizations include social movements, labor unions. The site provides an on-line library and directories of non-governmental organizations and community based organizations in South Africa.

Centre for the Study of African Economics (University of Oxford)
In 1991 The Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) was made a Designated Research Centre of the Economic and Social Research Council, and has become one of the largest concentrations of academic economists and social scientists working on Africa outside the continent itself. Within economics at Oxford it is part of the Institute of Economics and Statistics under the Faculty of Social Studies at Oxford University. The center is located jointly at the Institute and St. Antony's College. The Centre produces The Journal of African Economies, published by Oxford University Press OUP), as well as its own members' Working Paper Series and White Papers (informal research papers).

Center for the Study of Southern Culture
The mission of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture is to investigate, document, interpret, and teach about the American South. The Center emphasizes the interdisciplinary investigation and documentation of the South as a culturally, historically, geographically, and demographically complex region.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.

District Six Museum
District Six was named the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town in 1867. Originally established as a mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, labourers and immigrants, District Six was a vibrant centre with close links to the city and the port. By the beginning of the twentieth century, however, the history of removals and marginalisation had begun. The first to be 'resettled' were black South Africans, forcibly displaced from the District in 1901. As the more prosperous moved away to the suburbs, the area became the neglected ward of Cape Town. In 1966, it was declared a white area under the Group areas Act of 1950, and by 1982, the life of the community was over. 60 000 people were forcibly removed to barren outlying areas aptly known as the Cape Flats, and their houses in District Six were flattened by bulldozers.  The District Six Museum, established in December 1994, works with the memories of these experiences and with the history of forced removals more generally.

Documenting the American South: University of North Carolina
“A digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture. It supplies teachers, students, and researchers at every educational level with a wide array of titles they can use for reference, studying, teaching, and research. The texts, images, and other materials come primarily from the premier Southern collections in the libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

DuSable Museum of African American History
Located in Chicago, Illinois, the DuSable is the oldest independent institution dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation and dissemination of the history and culture of Americans of African descent. The museum's emphasis is on the experiences of Africans in America and throughout the Diaspora and their contributions to American and world history and culture.

Frederick Douglass Institute
The Frederick Douglass Institute is a university program for advancing multicultural studies across the curriculum and for deepening the intellectual heritage of Frederick Douglass, the former slave, distinguished orator, journalist, author, and statesman.

Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature
Includes information about the annual Gwendolyn Brooks Writers Conference, the Gwendolyn Brooks Center and Poetry Award, and links to other Chicago events.

Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia
This anti-racism museum at Ferris State University is both a real place and an Internet museum. Its goal is to use objects of intolerance to teach tolerance and supply a place where people, from all races can talk openly and honestly about race, race relations, and racism.

The King Center
Established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King, The King Center is the official, living memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of America’s greatest nonviolent movement for justice, equality and peace.

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute
Building upon the achievements of Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project, the King Research and Education Institute provides an institutional home for a broad range of activities illuminating the Nobel Peace laureate’s life and the movements he inspired. The Institute’s endowment supports programs that serve as an enduring link between Stanford’s research resources and King’s dream of global peace with social justice.

The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers Project
Research project of the Coleman African Studies Center, the University of California Los Angeles

The Nation of Islam
Official site

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. From the site, learn about the organizations history, organization, and activities.

National Black Child Development Institute
A nonprofit organization that provides and supports programs, workshops, and resources for African American children, their parents and communities.

National Civil Rights Museum
The National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel (Memphis, TN), the site of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination, chronicles key episodes of the American civil rights movement and the legacy of this movement to inspire participation in civil and human rights efforts globally, through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs. This site provides other information about the museum’s history as well as current events and activities.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

National Urban League
The nation’s oldest and largest community- based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream.” The site includes details of the organizations programs and initiatives and published reports.

Nordic Africa Institute
Located in Uppsala, Sweden, “Nordiska Afrikainstitutet is a research, documentation and information centre on modern Africa for the Nordic countries. It promotes research and studies on Africa in the Nordic countries and co-operation between African and Nordic researchers. It also disseminates information about current African issues.”

Paul Robeson Cultural Center
The Paul Robeson Cultural Center (PRCC) is a Rutgers University unit that fosters positive relationships of an academic, cultural and humanitarian nature within the University and surrounding communities. The Center provides opportunities for all students to receive a culturally diverse and enriching educational experience.

Racial Profiling Data Collection Research Center
The mission of the Institute is to utilize strategic social science research methodologies to assist government agencies, educational institutions, and community stakeholders in the development of policy changes to advance the cause of social justice. The Institute was founded on the premise that academic institutions can work with communities to provide rigorous and objective information that can be used to influence policy changes that advance the cause of social justice.

Robben Island Museum
Robben Island Museum (RIM), operating as a site or living museum, aims to develop the island as a national and international heritage and conservation project for the new millennium. In managing its resources and activities, RIM strives to maintain the unique symbolism of the island, nurture creativity and innovation, and contribute to socio-economic development, the transformation of South African society and the enrichment of humanity.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a national research library devoted to collecting, preserving and providing access to resources documenting the experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world.

Southern Poverty Law Center
The Center is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups.

TransAfrica Forum
The organization serves as a major research, educational, and organizing institution for the African-American community offering constructive analyses of issues concerning U.S. policy as it affects Africa and the Diaspora in the Caribbean and Latin America. A center for activism focusing on conditions in the African World, we sponsor seminars, conferences, community awareness projects and training programs. These activities allow us to play a significant role in presenting to the general public alternative perspectives on the economic, political, and moral ramifications of U.S. foreign policy.

USAID Publications on Africa
The United States Agency for International Development publications is an excellent source for the study of United States foreign policy with Africa.

W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research (Harvard University)
The nation's oldest research center dedicated to the study of the history, culture, and social institutions of African Americans. Founded in 1975, the Institute serves as the site for research projects, fellowships for emerging and established scholars, publications, conferences, and Working Groups. The Institute also sponsors two major lecture series each year, and serves as the co-sponsor for numerous public conferences, lectures, readings, and forums.