Charles L. Blockson

AALBC Mourns Blockson’s Transition, June 14, 2023

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We were studying American history about the framers of the Constitution…I raised my hand and asked the teacher, Did Negroes ever contribute to American history?” She said, “No, Charles. Negroes were born to serve white people.” Decades later the teacher apologized explaining she was relating what she was taught.

Black studies scholar and author Charles L. Blockson was born on December 16, 1933 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A book lover as a young boy, Blockson, has amassed one of the world’s largest private collections of African American history.

The The Charles L. Blockson Literary Collective was started in Blockson’s name.

Blockson, the architect behind some of the most prestigious collections of African American artifacts in the United States, died on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at his home. He was 89.

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8 Books by Charles L. Blockson