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Welcome to this site about the Black experience in Illinois. We are on a mission to identify all relevant content in cyberspace, county by county, covering all aspects of life and history. The result is a a compilation of online content: a webliography. This edition covers 101 of the 102 counties in Illinois. By fall 2011 we’ll be adding Cook County and Chicago. We welcome comments and criticism as we build on our collective intelligence.

What can you do with it?

  • Research the Black experience in Illinois

  • Connect Black communities to each other

  • Be better librarians, media professionals, teachers, politicians, business people ministers, and parents

  • Plan travel and sightseeing

  • Develop your own archives and memory sites

  • Not from Illinois? Take this model and do your own state!

Where to start?

  • Browse the top sites we’ve found

  • Go deep into the best practice in eBlack Champaign-Urbana

  • Explore the eBlack Illinois book list, found when clicking bibliography

  • Click the logo to find a county’s location and links

  • Search by category, county, or keyword

  • Contribute your links and your feedback



Census Data

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

Illinois Legislative Black Caucus



National Society of Black Engineers

Urban League

eBlack Studies

Harold Washington


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