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The African American Odyssey presents five Library of Congress collections related to African American history, along with an in-depth Special Presentation based on a Library exhibition, The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship. The five collections in The African American Odyssey are:

The Little Rock Nine.

The Little Rock Nine Copyprint. NAACP Collection, Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-119154 (9-18b) Courtesy of the NAACP

The African American Odyssey does not offer a search function, but each collection can be searched individually; additionally, all can be searched, along with other collections related to African American history, at Search Selected Collections: African American History. Each of the collections within The African American Odyssey has its own Collection Connection.

This Collection Connection centers on the Special Presentation entitled African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship.

The Special Presentation, which can be searched by Keyword, is based on a special Library exhibition of 240 books, maps, musical scores, plays, films, photographs, and more. It traces the experiences of African Americans through nine chronological periods, beginning with slavery and ending with the Civil Rights era. The presentation emphasizes “the courage and determination of blacks, faced with adverse circumstances, who overcame immense odds to fully participate in all aspects of American society.” Thus, the Special Presentation traces the quest for equality from the resistance to enslavement through the achievements of the Civil Rights movement.