References and Resources

Increase your knowledge of Black people, Black history and Black culture.

Whether you’re working on a project or simply expanding your own understanding, we offer a wide variety of resources and references.

African and African-American Studies

The African & African American Studies Department is designed to establish coordinated interdisciplinary study of the history and culture, the social and economic issues, the political institutions and processes that have shaped the experiences of people of African ancestry.

The program serves as an interdisciplinary intellectual center that encourages research and scholarship in many dimensions of African and African American experiences. It provides access to a broad range of information and research not only from the humanities and the social sciences, but also from the arts and professions.

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Black Book

The Black Book is a publication that contains useful information on Black faculty and staff in student services as well as information on resources catered towards Black students. The Black Book is your guide to popular barbershops and hair salons, local places of worship, restaurants and much, much more.

The Black Book is produced annually and distributed to all first-year students that attend the African and African-American Student Reception held at the beginning of the academic calendar.

The updated Black Book will be coming soon!

Contact the Mary Lou Center for more information.


Lending Library

The Mary Lou Williams Center contains over 1200 books, films, CDs, and VHS tapes covering various topics related to the African Diaspora. Our special collection contains autographed books from the various writers and artists that have spoken at the Center.

Created by generous donations as well as purchased films, our collection includes such genres as documentaries, independent films, foreign films, first-run features, and Duke-produced videos.

Any student, Faculty or staff member with a valid Duke ID may borrow items from the library.