Organizing Black America: An Encyclopedia of African American Associations: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Organizing Black America: An Encyclopedia of African American Associations

1st Edition

Edited by Nina Mjagkij


797 pages

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Hardback: 9780815323099
pub: 2001-01-16
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With information on over 500 organizations, their founders and membership, this unique encyclopedia is an invaluable resource on the history of African-American activism. Entries on both historical and contemporary organizations include:

* African Aid Society * African-Americans for Humanism * Black Academy of Arts and Letters * Black Women's Liberation Committee * Minority Women in Science * National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists * National Dental Association * National Medical Association * Negro Railway Labor Executives Committee * Pennsylvania Freedmen's Relief Association * Women's Missionary Society, African Methodist Episcopal Church * and many more.


"This encyclopedia is an essential work and is highly recommended for all libraries." -- American Reference Books Annual

"An alphabetically arranged collection of 576 signed articles, each of which discusses the history, key players, achievements, and even failures of the featured association. This extensive work will enhance any library's African American history collection." -- The New York Public Library selection, The Best of Reference from 2001

"This is a unique reference…Fact filled and accessible, this book will be useful for both public and academic libraries." -- Against the Grain

"The most comprehensive volume documenting the history of associations established by African Americans in the United States. It's a one-of-a-kind publication… An excellent reference work. I recommend it for all medium-sized to large academic and public libraries." -- Reference & User Services Quarterly

"The scope of this encyclopedia is unparalleled… Organizing Black America provides detailed information on defunct organizations that were, until now, spread across sundry historical books and African American biographies. All public and academic libraries with patrons interested in African American history will find [this book] a worthwhile purchase… Most of the coverage is not duplicated in other reference sources… The entries are scholarly in content yet should be clear to both the general reader and the African American history scholar." -- Booklist/RBB

"Mjagkij offers the first source to concentrate in depth on [this subject]…An index and thorough cross-referencing facilitate the usefulness of this source…Highly recommended for undergraduates and above." -- Choice

"An example of excellent scholarship on the part of Mjagkij and her 183 contributors, this unique guide to African-American studies and American history is highly recommended for academic and medium to large public libraries." -- John Lawrence, Gale Reference Reviews

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / United States / General
REFERENCE / Encyclopedias
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General