Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University

Updated
18 Jun 2018

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Charles L. Blockson, curator emeritus with a student from The Royalty Project, May 19, 2018. Photo by Rhonesha Blache.

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Billie Holiday meets a sergeant and other soldiers at the South Broad Street USO, 1943. Photo by John W. Mosley.

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Eric Battle, Malcolm 10-Vitruvian, 2017, pencil/ink/digital color art work. Photo courtesy of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University.

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Civil rights activist Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Esquire Cecil B. Moore, and radio personality Georgie Woods, 1965. Photo by John W. Mosley.

The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University is one of the nation's leading research facilities for the study of the history and culture of people of African descent. The collection of over 500,000 items includes materials representing the global black experience in all formats: books, manuscripts, sheet music, pamphlets, journals, newspapers, broadsides, posters, photographs, and rare ephemera. In 2018, the organization received a Center grant to create Black Lives Have Always Mattered: Hidden African American Philadelphia of the Twentieth Century, a new graphic novel that depicts underrepresented stories of talent, courage, and achievement from African American Philadelphians and encourages conversations about race in America.