The World Wide Web is the greatest source of information used by students and teachers, media and library professionals, as well as the general public. There is so great a flow of information that it is necessary to have a tool for guiding one to the best and most reliable sources. This important new guide to the African American experience in cyberspace fills this need for people in all areas of Black Studies and Multiculturalism. There is no search engine list that can match the quality of sites to be found in this book.Alkalimat provides an easy to use directory to the very best websites that deal with the African American Experience. The first section covers every aspect of African American history, while a second section deals with a diverse set of topics covering society and culture. Each chapter has a brief essay, extensively annotation on the five best sites for each topic, and then a group of good sites and a short bibliography. This book is designed for a course at the high school or college level. This book should be kept near every home computer that people use to surf the web for Black content.Most people have found out that the major corporations and governments have been the dominant uploaders of information into cyberspace. This volume is different because it is a serious introduction to the full democratic use of the web. These websites will introduce people to the people who are serious about ending the digital divide because they are busy uploading information about the most excluded and marginalized people, the African American community. Many of these sites are being established by Black Studies academic programmes, as well as community based organizations and institutions.
Abdul Alkalimat is Professor of Sociology and Director of the African Studies programme at the University of Toledo, where he has engineered the only known Internet-based course taught from Africa to students in the U.S. He moderates the largest African-American Studies discussion list H-Afro-Am and created and edits Malcolm X: A Research Site as well as eBlack Studies. He served as cyberorganizer for the 1998 Black Radical Congress held in Chicago, Illinois. He is presently guest editing an issue of Black Scholar devoted to cyberspace and the Black experience.
Preface Introduction: The Black experience in cyberspace Guide to History Sites: Overview Best History Sites 1. General 2. Africa 3. Slave Trade 4. Slavery 5. Emancipation 6. Rural Life 7. Great Migrations 8. Urban Life 9. Deindustrialization Crisis 10. Information Society Guide to Society and Culture Sites: Overview 1. Family and Heritage 2. Health 3. Education 4. Food 5. Women 6. Politics and Civil Rights 7. Religion and the Church 8. Business 9. Labour 10. Science and Technology 11. Military 12. Law 13. Language and Literature 14. Music 15. Performing Arts 16. Visual and Applied Arts 17. Gays and Lesbians 18. Media 19. Sports 20. Internet communications