Columbia has a wealth of online resources detailing the breadth of the African American experience. Learn more about some of the great Columbians who have played key roles in our local and national history.
Charles R. Drew, MD, MSD (1904-1950), was an American surgeon whose expertise in blood preservation helped shape blood banking in the United States. His doctoral work was completed at Columbia, and in 1940 he became the first African American to receive a doctor of medical science degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons.
A number of faculty and interdisciplinary centers at Columbia are engaged in research that chronicles and illuminates this important part of American history and culture.
The Institute for Research in African-American Studies is as an academic resource center that bridges scholarship, teaching, and public life.
Columbia Rare Book & Manuscripts Library houses the scrapbooks and archives of amateur historian Alexander Gumby.
An interactive timeline of Columbia Law School's many connections to the Civil Rights movement
A wealth of archival treasures and scholarship about the history of one of the world's most famous and influential neighborhoods
This project explores Columbia's connections with slavery and antislavery movements from its founding in 1754 through the end of the Civil War.
Columbia's Center for Jazz Studies provides new models for innovative teaching and scholarly inquiry in the arts, humanities and sciences.
Dennis Parker, Director ACLU Racial Justice Program, “A National Agenda for Racial Justice Litigation"
When Ivory Towers Were Black tells the untold story of how an unparalleled cohort of ethnic minority students earned degrees from Columbia University’s School of Architecture during the Civil Rights Movement.
"Modern African American literature, though it’s typically narrated as being secular, is in fact fundamentally religious,” argues Associate Professor of Religion Josef Sorett.