Special Topics

The theme of the Black family intersects with all aspects of life and can be discussed through a humanities, social science, and scientific lens. Below are selected areas of interest.

History

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, The New York Public Library. "The Negro American familyDu Bois" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 13, 2021. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-3310-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Mass Incarceration

Young Adult Works

Education

Religious Practices/Spirituality

Health

If you have a hospital and/or medical university in your city and/or region consider reaching out to them to see what research is being done around African Americans.

Sexuality/Gender

  • Mays, Vickie M., Linda M. Chatters, Susan D. Cochran, and Joanna Mackness. “African American Families in Diversity: Gay Men and Lesbians as Participants in Family Networks.” Journal of Comparative Family Studies 29, no. 1 (1998): 73-87. Accessed January 11, 2021. http://www.jstor.org/stable/41603547. (article)
  • Balsam, Kimberly F et al. “Measuring multiple minority stress: the LGBT People of Color Microaggressions Scale.” Cultural diversity & ethnic minority psychology vol. 17,2 (2011): 163-174. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4059824 (article)
  • Sandra L. Barnes. “Romantic and Familial Relationships with Black Males: Implications of the Cinderella Complex and Prince Charming Ideal.” Black Women, Gender Families 3, no. 2 (2009): 1-28. Accessed January 14, 2021. https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/blacwomegendfami.3.2.0001.

Parenting

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, The New York Public Library. “A typical family group.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 13, 2021. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-1f42-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Media representation

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “”There’s music in the air.”” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 13, 2021. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e3-33d9-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Art/Music

Land and Food

  • Black Family Land Trust, Inc. (BFLT) incorporated in 2004 and based in North Carolina, is one of the nation’s only conservation land trust dedicated to the preservation and protection of African-American and other historically underserved landowners assets. The BFLT utilizes the core principles of land conservation and land-based community economic development to achieve our goals. We measurably improve the quality of life for landowners, by providing families with the tools necessary to make informed, proactive decisions regarding their land and its use. The BFLT works primarily in the Southeastern United States, our programs are intergenerational in their design. We honor the legacy of those stewards of the land that came before us and have faith in those stewards of the land that will come after us. (website)
  • OASIS (Oldways Africana Soup In Stories) is a celebratory anthology of culturally-informed soup recipes that seeks to foster and expand conversation about nutritional knowledge and Black women’s wellness.
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