The Black Names Project refreshes and builds on a 1998 book, The Complete Guide to African-American Baby Names, by Linda Wolfe Keister. The resources for the project include those listed in the bibliography of the original book and those added as the new research continues. The author attempts to find several resources to verify the information about each name and about each person. Some resources are printed books and others are websites.
The Original Bibliography
Resources listed in the original bibliography were, for the most part, published books. Many of these books are no longer available, but the author has retained their listing because they were part of the original research. A small amount of research was conducted on line, but the Internet in the 1990s was a fledgling (and often unreliable) source of information.
Current and Ongoing Research
Since the 1990s, the Internet has expanded and improved, thus becoming a great source for up-to-date information. Because the information may not always be accurate, the author checks multiple sources to verify facts and trusts some sources more than others.
- The Hill.
- The History Makers.
- The Internet Surname Database.
- The King Center.
- The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.
- The Meaning Of The Name.
- The Name Meaning.
- The New Yorker.
- The Olympians.
- "The Pitcher Time Forgot." The New York Times.
- The Root.
- The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations.
- The United States Navy Memorial.
- The Washington Post.
- The White House.
- Thomas Jefferson Monticello.
- Time magazine.
- Towson State University Tigers.
- Trayvon Martin Foundation.
- Tuskegee Airmen Newsletter: Willa Brown Bio.
- U.S. Army.
- U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame.
- U.S. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, President's Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition.
- U.S. Department of State, Discover Diplomacy.
- United States Congressman Elijah E. Cummings.
- United States House of Representatives.
- United States Representative Ilhan Omar.
- University of California, Berkeley Golden Bears.
- University of California, Los Angeles Bruins.
- University of Central Florida Knights.
- University of Cincinnati Bearcats.
- University of Colorado Buffs.
- University of Georgia Bulldogs.
- University of Houston Cougars.
- University of Illinois Fighting Illini.
- University of Iowa Hawkeye.
- University of Kentucky Wildcats.
- University of Maryland Terps.
- University of Michigan Wolverines.
- University of Missouri Tigers.
- University of Nebraska Huskers.
- University of North Texas, Plexuss.
- University of Oklahoma Sooners.
- University of Pittsburgh Panthers.
- University of Southern California Trojans.
- University of Southern Florida Bulls.
- University of Utah Utes.
- University of Virginia Cavaliers.
- University of West Georgia Wolves.
- UPI, United Press International.
- USA Today.
- USA Track and Field.
- Virginia Tech Hokies.
- Waco Tribune-Herald.
- "Fisher, Abby (1832-?)." BlackPast.org.
- Wandering Italy.
- WCNC Charlotte.
- Western Maryland's Historical Library.
- Western Michigan University Broncos.
- WFAA Channel 8 ABC News Dallas, Texas.
- Zora Neale Hurston (official website).