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Valencia African Heritage Association (VAHA) Black History

Black History Month Theme (2021)

The Valencia African Heritage Association has adopted The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity as the 2021 Black History theme. "The black family has been a topic of study in many disciplines–history, literature, sociology, anthropology, and social policy.  It has been reverenced, stereotyped, and vilified from the days of slavery to the present. The role of the black family has been described by some as a microcosm of the entire race, and yet its complexity as the 'foundation' of African American life and history can be seen in numerous debates..." Learn more about the theme.

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Suggested e-Books

Books can provide in-depth information about different aspects of Black families. You can utilize the suggested keywords below when searching for an e-book related to Black families.

Suggested Keywords

African American families
Black families
LGBTQ+ families
African American marriage
Interracial marriage
Greek letter societies

Suggested e-Books

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Suggested Databases

Library databases allow you to explore news articles, documentaries, magazine articles, and academic journal articles. Consider historical terms when reviewing older materials.

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Background Research
In Depth Research


Reconstruction began after the American Civil War and lasted from 1865 until 1877. During this time the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (the Freedmen's Bureau) was formed. Below you will find resources that explore reconstruction and it's effects on formerly enslaved peoples in the United States.

Primary Sources for Educators & Students

Genealogy Research

Check out genealogy databases from your local public library