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Black History

"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than
sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
   ~ Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963

100 Great Black Britons Guide to African American History
The starting place for exploring African American History.
About Our Freedom
African American Artists
An on-line portal for both African America Artists and African American History.
African American Biographical Database
An African American Community: The Charlotte Mecklenburg Story
African American Culture (Wikipedia)
African American Historic Sites Database (Virginia)
African American History
From the New York Institute for Special Education, an excellent collection of links to websites on Afro-American History and Culture.
African American History Collections (Library of Congress)
Seventeen collections, part of the American Memory Web site of the Library of Congress
African American History and Heritage
Resources and Links for Black History Month, Kwanzaa, Martin Luther King Day, Juneteenth and More!
African American History Minute
The African American History Minunte Tour is a National Tour that visits Historically significant African American landmarks and broadcast it via streaming video.
The African American History Month (Library of Congress)
The African American Holocaust
African Americans in Texas
African-Americans in the Military
African American Monuments, Museums and Memorials
The African-American Mosaic
Selections from an exhibit at the Library of Congress (Washington, DC), depicting 500 years of Black History in the Western Hemisphere.
African American Odyssey
This Special Presentation of the Library of Congress exhibition, The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship, showcases the Library's incomparable African American collections. The exhibit explores black America's quest for equality from the early national period through the twentieth century.
African American Perspectives
African-American Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1880 - 1920, contains 351 rare pamphlets offering insight into attitudes and ideas of African-Americans between Reconstruction and the First World War. (A presentation from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress.)
African-American Pioneers
African American Registry
A calendar-based series of Black American accomplishments from before the Mayflower to the present. (Read what happened on your birthday!)
An African-American Resource Guide
African Americans on Stamps
A Celebration of African-American Heritage - U.S. Postal Service Publication 354 Publication
Also view the award winning Stamp On Black History web site.
African-American Technical Achievers
A tribute to Black Inventors, Scientist and Technologists, past and present.
African-American Women
On-line Archival Exhibits at Duke University
African American World (PBS: WNET)
A guide to African American history and culture. From Sojourner Truth to Jacob Lawrence, discover the courage and talent that shaped the African American experience. - The Black Lane on the Information Highway
Produced by the co-editors of Microsoft® Encarta® Africana, is designed to promote understanding of black history and culture.
The African Burial Ground
Commemorating the Colonial African Heritage
African By Nature
An independent, critical thinking, progressive, store front and information center.
A home-based learning environment that can supplement an individual's education as it relates to the African Diaspora.
African Heritage in Classical Music - A Web site featuring composers and musicians of African descent.
AFRO-American Almanac - African-American History Resource
An on-line presentation of the African in America. A historical perspective of a nation, its people, and its cultural evolution.
Afrocentric Voices in "Classical" Music
Information on African American performers and composers and on the music forms they influenced, especially opera, art songs and spiritual arrangements. The site includes extensive bibliographies, biographies and music links.
Ambers Black Women's World Page
A site primarily devoted to the celebration of accomplished black women in history.
Amiri Baraka/Leroi Jones (1934-)
Poet, Writer, Political Activist and Teacher
A movie based on the true story of a 1839 slave revolt on the Spanish ship, La Amistad.
Anthony P. Crawford
A visionary leader, entrepreneur, and family man, who was brutally killed on October 21, 1916 for living the American Dream.
Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (Wikipedia)
Association for African American Historical Research and Preservation (AAAHRP)
A nonprofit organization, dedicated to locating, collecting, preserving and disseminating historical and genealogical information related to the African American population.
Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)
The mission of ASALH is to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the global community.
The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record
Hundreds of images from a wide range of sources, most of them dating from the period of slavery.
August Wilson (1945 - 2005)
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1987 and 1990.
Barack Obama (1961 - ) (
Biography of the 44th President of the United States
Black Ice
ESPN segment on "Black Ice", a historical book about Halifax, Nova Scotia's (CHL) Colored Hockey League circa 1895-1925.
Bessie Coleman (1892-1926)
Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman was the first African-American female to become a licensed pilot.
Biography Collections: Special Collections: African American
African American biographies from "Lives, the Biography Resource," the largest guide to biography sites on the Web.
Black/African Related Resources
A list of on-line information storage sites that contain a significant amount of information relating to or of concern to Black or African people, culture, and issues around the world, either in files or conferences.
Black Baltimore
Black Cowboys
Black Culture Connection (
Black Europeans (British Library)
Popular versions of history have all too often airbrushed out the contribution of non-Europeans to Western arts and sciences.
Black Facts Online
An evolving portal site where Internet visitors can learn, participate, and contribute to a site that is dedicated to teaching about the many people, events, and institutions who have and are creating the rich tapestry we call black history.
Black Mariners, Seamen and Sailors
Remembered & Reclaimed: A comprehensice online reference guide to African American history.
The Black Patriots Foundation -->
Black People in the British Isles and Early Northern Europe
The Black Presence in Britain
Black British History
An educational and heritage CD ROM game that celebrates, preserves and reinforces the African American Legacy and History.
Black Wings
An interactive CD-ROM that celebrates the contributions made by African Americans in aviation.
The Canadian Black Heritage in the Third Millennium
Gary Pieters online resource for educators, researchers, writers, students and people researching Black History from a Canadian Perspective.
Celebrating African American History
Exclusive Jerry Jazz Musician interviews with and about prominent African Americans.
Celebrating Black History 365 (Lawson State Community College)
Celebrating Our Black History (
An interactive site with plenty of videos, photos, fast facts, quizzes and more!
Civil Rights Walk of Fame (National Park Service)
Classic in Black
A Dialogue of Civilizations African Culture and Classical Music
The Coleman Young Portal
A biographical portal of the late, former Mayor of Detroit.
Colored Reflections
An interactive history site (1950's to the present) that embraces the thoughts and experiences of people of all colors.
Dr. Cornel West
Noted African-American professor, theologian and social activist.
CSONAN (Canadian Series of North American Negro)
Information concerning Black World history, with a focus on Black Canadian history and perspectives.
Dick Gregory
Digital Library on American Slavery
A searchable database of detailed personal information about slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color.
Documenting the American South:
The Dred Scott Decision
In 1846, Dred Scott and his wife Harriet filed suit for their freedom in the St. Louis Circuit Court. This suit began an eleven-year legal fight that ended in the U.S. Supreme Court, which issued a landmark decision declaring that Scott remain a slave. This decision contributed to rising tensions between the free and slave states just before the American Civil War.
Ebonyfire's Black Legends and Blacks in the Military
Early African-American Senators (Texas)
The right to participate in politics was hard won for African-American Texans. After emancipation, African-Americans were still denied the right to vote or to hold political office. It was not until Reconstruction of the former Confederate states began that African-Americans were able to register to vote and participate in political life.
Education First: Black History Activities
Einstein on Race and Racism
The story of an outspoken political activist who joined forces with Paul Robeson and WEB Du Bois to fight against racism and lynching.
Encyclopaedia Africana®
Articles from all over Africa and elsewhere on biographies, history, economic systems, architecture, religion, medicine and other aspects of indigenous African life.
Encyclopaedia of the Orient
An encyclopaedia created by the Centre d'Information Arabe Scandinave on the culture and the people of North Africa and the Middle East.
Encyclopedia Smithsonian: African American History and Culture
Selected links to sites hosted by Smithsonian Institution museums and organizations.
The First Waco Horror: The Lynching of Jesse Washington
A book by Patricia Bernstein that details the lynching of Jesse Washington in Waco, TX, which spurred the rise of the NAACP.
Forever Free: 19th Century African-American Legislators and Constitutional Convention Delegates (Texas)
The inspiring story of 52 African-American men who served as elected officials in Texas in the 19th century.
Frederick Douglass
Freedmen's Bureau
The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, often referred to as the Freedmen's Bureau, was established in the War Department by an act of March 3, 1865. The Bureau supervised all relief and educational activities relating to refugees and freedmen.
Freeman Black History Gallery Project
A project to help establish self-sustaining Freeman Black History Galleries in communities across America & selected cities internationally, to educate and inspire young people of all ages. Part of the project includes the Black History collection and the book/film Return to Glory
The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition
Greensboro Sit-ins: Launch of a Civil Rights Movement
The Gullah: Rice, Slavery and the Sierra Leone-American Connection
Harlem Renaissance
Harriet Tubman Home - New York History Net
The HistoryMakers
The Nation's Largest African American Video Oral History Collection
A History of African Americans of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore
In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience
Four Hundred Years of African-Americans on the Move
Internet African History Sourcebook
A subset of The Internet History Sourcebooks Project, a world wide web project designed to provide easy access to primary sources and other teaching materials in a non-commercial environment. The site contains links to articles, maps, book excerpts, quotes, commentaries and resources on Africa. It was developed and is edited by Paul Halsall with the aid of numerous other contributors.
The Internet African American History Challenge
An interactive quiz that helps you sharpen your knowledge of African American History.
In the Steps of Esteban: Tucson's African American Heritage
The University of Arizona documents the history of Tucson's African-American community through oral histories, photographs, and texts.
Dr. Ivan Van Sertima
World-renowned literary critic, linguist, and anthropologist.
Jackie Robinson
Jamaicans of Ethiopian Origin and the Rastafarian Faith by P. Napti
John Henrik Clarke
Dr. John Henrik Clarke, our great and distinguished elder scholar/historian, passed on to ancestorhood on July 16, 1998.
The oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery.
Knowledge Network Explorer: Black History Activities
A web site to support students as they explore topics related to Black History and African-American issues.
Know Your Heritage: Black College Quiz
Learn about Kwanzaa, an African-American celebration!
Little Known Facts About Slavery
London Black History Walks
Black history website with walks and info focusing on the African influence in central London.
Madam C. J. Walker
Malcolm X Institute
Dr. Manning Marable
Historian, Political Theorist, Human Rights Activist and Journalist
The Marcus Garvey and UNIA Papers Project, UCLA
A Research Project of the James S. Coleman African Studies Center at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Maurice Ashley
African-American Chess Grand Master
Men and Women of Respect Historical Society
Muhammad Ali
Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet | PBS
Mumia Abu-Jamal
Negro Leagues Baseball
Negro Slavery and The Myth of Ham's Curse
An examination of Genesis 9:25, Ancient Egypt and it's relationship to modern Black Culture.
The New Handbook of Texas: African-American History
Our Shared History: Celebrating African American History & Culture
African American History within the National Park Service.
The Panama Canal: The African American Experience
Paul Robeson
  • Paul Robeson Centennial Celebration
    The Paul Robeson 100th Birthday Committee, in conjunction with Columbia College in Chicago, has created a web resource dedicated to studying, teaching, and celebrating the life of Paul Robeson, the famous African-American athlete, singer, actor, and advocate for the civil rights.
  • Biography of Paul Robeson (The Paul Robeson Cultural Center)
    Rutgers University's most famous and accomplished alumni.
  • The Paul Robeson Collection
    Resources created by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations.
  • Paul Robeson (Princeton Public Library)
    Links to Paul Robeson material at the Princeton Public Library and to content on the Web.
Pillars of a People
The 100 African Americans who most influenced the 20th Century.
Prince Hall Freemasonry
Compiled by J. Abron, a starting point for information on Prince Hall Freemasonry.
Puerto Rican History and Culture
History, culture and facts including native fauna and Taino indian culture from the New York Institute for Special Education.
Powerful Days in Black and White
Shocking photographs of the Civil Rights struggle in America, taken by photojournalist Charles Moore.
Race Riot At East St. Louis - 1917
Remembering Slavery: Those Who Survived Tell Their Stories
Former slaves tell you in their own words of their lives in bondage.
The Rosa Parks Portal
Biographical portal of the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.
Runoko Rashidi
Historian, writer and public lecturer with a pronounced interest in the African foundations of humanity and civilizations.
The Rosewood Massacre of 1923
(It wasn't just a movie!)
Sailor: Inventory of African American Historical and Cultural Resources in Maryland
Save Our African American Historical Sites
A campaign to heighten awareness of African American heritage, culture and historical sites.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library.
Shades of Black
Historical artifacts and memorabilia from the W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center in Kansas City.
Sir Garfield Sobers
The Great Barbadian Cricketer
Slave Biographies
The Slave Dwelling Project
Developing Resources to Preserve African American Slave Dwellings
Slave Movement During the 18th and 19th Centuries
Information on the slave trade from the Data and Program Library Service (DPLS) Archive at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Slave Voyages
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
Small Towns, Black Lives
An artist's journal of travel and discovery of historically African American communities in the southern counties of New Jersey.
Sojourn to the Past
A Civil Rights Education Project and Tour
Today In Black History
Top Black History Sites
A feature of, the Travel Magazine for People of Color.
The Tulsa, Oklahoma Riot of 1921
Before Rosewood, there was Greenwood. Known for it's prosperity, the Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma was know as the Black Wall Street of America. In three days of the worst race riot in our nation's history, aside from countless lives, more than 1,000 homes, scores of black-owned businesses and churches in a 35 block area were lost.
Unbound: The Triumph of African Americans tribute to Benjamin Banneker, Richard Allen, George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, Fredrick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Thurgood Marshall, Guion Bluford, Charles Drew, Miles Davis and Jackie Robinson and others.
The Underground Railroad
Unknown No Longer (Virginia Historical Society)
Over 8 million unpublished manuscripts related to Virginians of African descent.
USCGC Alex Haley
A U.S. Coast Guard Cutter named after the first Coast Guard Journalist and famous author, Alex Haley.
Vernice Armour
Author, motivational speaker, trainer and the Marine Corpsí first African-American female pilot.
Virtual Museums of the MASTERS
Virtual Museums presented by the National Black United Front to enable visitors to peruse actual works and writings of some of the leading African Centered Scholars.
Voices of Civil Rights
Ordinary people. Extraordinary stories. Personal accounts of America's struggle to fulfill the promise of equality for all.
Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database (Emory University)
A free, searchable database of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Voyages.
WDAS History (Philadelphia, PA)
One Radio Station's Role in the History of the Civil Rights and Peace Movements
W.E.B. Du Bois
  • W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research
    The nation's oldest research center dedicated to the study of the history, culture, and social institutions of African Americans.
  • Du Bois Central UMass Amherst, W.E.B. Du Bois Library
    Links to resources in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives at UMass Amherst relating to W.E.B. Du Bois, his life, and legacy.
The Willie Lynch Writings
"LET'S MAKE A SLAVE" by Willie Lynch. The Origin and Development of a Social Being Called "The Negro".
World African Network Online: Black History

Note: Information on Black Inventors, Scientists and Technologists has been moved to the Technology page. Visit "African-American Technical Achievers," a tribute to men and women technologists of color, past and present.
Additionally, information on African-American Museums has been moved to the Museums and Cultural Centers page.

Updated February 11, 2020
Donald L. Hinson, Jr.