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Black Lives Matter

A centralized resource for information about historical and current discrimination of African Americans in the United States, Michigan, and Kalamazoo College

Introduction to Historical Contexts

To understand where we are, we need to understand how we got here.

Below are some resources that cover the full range of the African American Experience. Dive into the the timeline, the subtopic pages, or link out to the other library guides to do your own research.

Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement Reconstruction Era and Jim Crow Laws The Great Migration and Black Wall Street Black Lives Matter Movement

1620s - 1860s

1830s - 1870s 1860s - 1870s 1860s - 1960s 1906 - 1921 1910s - 1970s 2013 - present

Civil Rights Movement

early 1900s - late 1960s

Resources to Get Started

History of White Supremacy and Institutionalized Racism