African American History Resources

MAAP—an acronym for “Mapping the African American Past”—is the joint creation of the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL), which developed the Web programming and infrastructure; Creative Curriculum Initiatives (CCI), which provided text about historic New York City sites; and Teachers College (TC), which has created a curriculum for use by New York City teachers.

The Amistad Digital Resource provides a much-needed solution to help teachers fulfill this new curricular requirement. It is designed not as a classroom text, but as a unique multimedia resource for secondary school teachers to enhance their knowledge and ability in teaching African-American history. When completed, it will include hundreds of rare and iconic photographs, audio recordings, news clips, and excerpts of oral history interviews with a descriptive narrative text explaining significant themes and key events in African-American history, from slavery to the twenty-first century.

THE CONCEPT OF LIVING HISTORY begins with the recognition that history itself is a central site of collective experience for the articulation of power relations and social hierarchies within any society.  Historical narratives, the stories we teach about past events, become frameworks for understanding the past, and for interpreting its meaning for our own time and in our individual lives.  In this way, history’s lessons, enduring symbols, iconic personalities, and distinctive language all have practical and powerful consequences in shaping civic behavior and social consciousness.  These elements of our “shared history” thus help to influence public policy, and the future direction of subsequent events and decisions that have not yet occurred. At the Center for Contemporary Black History (CCBH), we study "living history" by utilizing ethnographic, technological and visual tools to capture the activities of African Americans

In Motion - The African American Migration Experience - Documents 400 years of migration, to, within, and out of the United States