As a presidential advisor of African American Affairs during the Roosevelt administration, Mary McLeod Bethune formed the Federal Council of Negro Affairs, which would become known as the Black Cabinet. [Read more…] about Trailblazing Women: Mary McLeod Bethune
Born enslaved in Mississippi in 1862, Ida Bell Wells-Barnett dedicated her life to fighting for racial and gender equality. She was a journalist, suffragist, advocate of racial justice, and anti-lynching activist. [Read more…] about Trailblazing Women: Ida Bell Wells-Barnett
Schenectady County Historical Society has announced the African American Historical Records Project, a new public history initiative focused on Schenectady’s African American history with the focus of preserving primary sources and enabling future generations to engage with the community’s historical records. [Read more…] about African American Historical Records Project Launched In Schenectady
State Parks this year will designate Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site as the first state historic site dedicated to the 400-year experience of African Americans in New York. [Read more…] about Philipse Manor Hall To Interpret 400 Years Of Black History
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The new book 20th Century Civil Rights Movement: An Africana Studies Perspective (Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2021) by Dr. Mark Christian looks at the major aspects of the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement, featuring sources directly associated with those whom led and marched on the campaigns. [Read more…] about A New Book on the Civil Rights Movement
From Ethel Waters and Althea Gibson to Marcus Garvey and Langston Hughes, Harlem’s extraordinary historic legacy was vital to the intellectual, cultural and political advancements of African Americans and the United States.
Now, with funding from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, While We Are Still Here is planning to install twenty-five historic markers around the Harlem community, beginning in the summer of 2021, to celebrate historic places. [Read more…] about Historic Signs Will Celebrate Harlem History
The National Archives has a Citizen Archivist project underway to help make records more searchable and findable in their Catalog. [Read more…] about African American History Transcription Project Seeks Volunteers
As the Town of Niagara Historian I’m researching the lives of those buried in one of our local cemeteries. Witmer Cemetery was originally the burying ground of the Witmer family, who settled here after arriving from Pennsylvania in 1811. The earliest gravestone in the cemetery is from 1828, but it’s estimated that about 200 people have been buried there since.
I began my research at the front row, where a toppled headstone marked the final resting place of George Martin and Jane, his wife. [Read more…] about Slave To Soldier: George Martin’s Fight For Freedom
The National Archives holds a wealth of materials documenting the African American experience, and the contributions of African Americans to United States history and culture.
In 1984, to support the growing demand for knowledge of African American history, Dr. Debra Newman Ham, with the help of several other colleagues, took on the responsibility of compiling a guide to Black history records at the National Archives. [Read more…] about African American History At The National Archives
The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF) has announced Black History Matters, a series of twenty-eight virtual introductory short “crash courses” during the month of February 2021. [Read more…] about Abolition Hall of Fame Announces Black History Matters Programs