Black Resource Center
What is the Black Resource Center?
The Black Resource Center (BRC) was established as a special service of LA County Library in 1978 to serve the informational and educational needs of African Americans and the larger population by supporting research and study on social, historical and cultural aspects unique to the African American experience.
The Center serves as an information and referral agency to other libraries, government agencies and the general public. It is an important link in the survival and preservation of the heritage of African Americans. The Black Resource Center provides many services and activities that include:
- In-depth reference service to specialized researchers and to the general public
- Cultural awareness programs such as Juneteenth, Kwanzaa and Black History Month celebrations
- Promotional materials and displays for programs and activities in support of African American heritage and multiculturalism
- Community outreach and networking with other organizations and institutions
What is in the Black Resource Center Collection?
The Black Resource Center selects and collects specialized materials by and about African Americans, the African American experience and the African Diaspora.
- Core Collection:
- Books, magazines, scholarly journals, newspapers, theses, dissertations, government publications, microform, audiovisual materials in various formats, and posters
- The Black Musical Artist Collection
- Pamphlets, newspaper clippings and photographs
- Documents and papers on microform include Slave Narratives, Papers of the NAACP, National Archive Slave Schedules, and other historical materials.
- Local and national newspaper archives on microform include such titles as the Los Angeles Sentinel, Compton Bulletin, California Eagle, Chicago Defender, New York Amsterdam News, Afro-American (Baltimore), Muslim Journal, Pittsburgh Courier and hundreds of other titles.
- African American Living Legends Series – The “African American Living Legends” Series honored leaders and visionaries from the African American community from 1980 to 2008.
Black History Month
Black History Month is celebrated every year during the month of February. For more information please visit our African American and Black History Month page.