Diversity. Inclusiveness. Equity. Education. These values are central to libraries, but also to the work of civil rights leaders Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks. They are also what led to the new effort to honor King and Parks in a new public works project. Along with Tracy Flood, president of the Bremerton branch of the NAACP, Library graphic design David Frazier selected iconic images of the two leaders to create vibrant pop-art portraits to adorn utility boxes at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Burwell Street in Downtown Bremerton. The art project will be unveiled this March. To read more about it, visit our spring issue of Inspire.

Interested in learning more about African-American heritage, history and culture? Kitsap Regional Library has a range of online resources to help you explore this important part of our local, regional and national history. You can access all of these online databases from any computer on our Research page. Use your Library card barcode and password to log in.

  • Ancestry.com ** only available in Library locations **
    • As part of its extensive collections of records, Ancestry.com offers a research aid dedicated to African-American heritage to guide families in their search for records from the 1800s through the 20th century. 
  • Biography in Context
    • The Biography in Context research tool offers biographies of notable individuals, stretching from ancient histories to today. From the Biography in Context homepage, click the page of African-American biographies, featuring over 400 entries, updated regularly to feature important historical and contemporary individuals.
  • Britannica Library
    • Through Britannica Library, you’ll discover general articles about African-American history, literature and culture; civil rights movements; biographies; and much more. With each search, you can further tailor your results to focus on encyclopedia articles, images, videos, magazines, websites and even primary sources.
  • CultureGrams
    • Learn about the people, cultures, societies and geographies of the United States and around the world through CultureGrams. Search for information about African Americans and African-American history in the U.S., or explore your family’s heritage in African countries and around the globe.
  • Heritage Quest
    • Heritage Quest Online offers general genealogy resources, such as Census records, city directories, local and family histories and more.  Of special interest to African-American family research are Heritage Quest’s records of individuals served by Freedman’s Bank, which was founded to serve African Americans, and the 1850 and 1860 Slave Schedules. Heritage Quest also offers the same Research Aid available in Ancestry.com.
  • NoveList Plus & NoveList K-8 Plus
    • These literature search tools are rich with resources for finding books. Search by author and title, browse by genre or clicking on “Grab and Go” booklists. To discover authors of African or African-American heritage, click on Advanced Search and use the “Author’s Cultural Identity” search filter.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
    • Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context provides opportunities to explore multiple viewpoints on contemporary social topics, drawing from magazine and newspaper articles, videos, scholarly research and statistics. Conversations include the Black Lives Matter movement, historically black colleges and universities, gentrification, police brutality and more.