Exploring your topic is an important step in the research process. Reading background information about a topic helps you learn important facts and become more familiar with the context and issues around your topic.
Try the following resources as starting points. Search broadly. Also try, searching multidisciplinary databases to help focus your topic.
If you're interested in a broad topic in African American Studies or would like to browse for inspiration, try one of these Library of Congress call letters:
Locations of books