Listings of African American history museums, organizations and publications.
Charles H. Wright Museum
This is the largest black history museum in the world, and offers exclusive exhibits and tours.
America's Black Holocaust Museum
This black history museum is dedicated to exposing the truth about racism and discriminaion.
Blacks In Wax Museum
This is an exhibit at a unique black history museum that features actual life-size models of black contributors.
American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation and Museum
This museum, located just two blocks away from the memorial in Washington DC, helps visitors understand the African American's heroic and largely unknown struggle for freedom.
This company can trace your ancestry back to a specific present-day African country of origin and often to a specific African ethnic group when African ancestry is found.
This web site has the ability to find and document the last slaveholder and the first African in each family. They provide the use of a system of genealogy for researching African related ancestry.
African American Labor History
Old news articles gathered by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Offers insight to past workplace discrimination issues faced by African Americans.
American Legacy Magazine
The premier magazine of African American history and culture that brings to light new stories of struggles, triumphs, and accomplishments.
Black Holocaust Museum
This museum educates the general public of the injustices suffered by Africans and African Americans. Visitors are provided with a tour that will rethink their assumptions about race and racism.
Library Information Center (ALIC)
Provides staff and researchers ready access to the background and context information necessary to describe, organize, and access Black history resources.
for Black Culture Centers (ABCC)
An organization that seeks to critically reclaim and perpetuate the culture of people of African descent, through networking, caretaking and institutionalizing of Black and Multiculture Centers.
for the Study of African American Life and History
Promotes, researches, preserves, interprets and disseminates information about Black life, history and culture to the global community.
A destination planning service based in Chicago that specializes in local and national tours focusing on Black American Heritage, History, Culture, and Entertainment.
A non-profit, charitable foundation whose primary purpose is to support community-based organizations that promote positive values, community service and aspirational role models for the African-American community.
Heritage Society (BHS)
This organization reserves and enhances the cultural, educational, social, and economical advancement of Black America.
Free online encyclopedia outlining African American history and culture through people, places, terms, organizations and more. This site also allows users to interact with other through a social networking platform.
This web site offers a free online searchable database of Black History facts. It also showcases a "This Day in Black History" feature that displays a timeline of events.
An online reference center that makes African American history materials available, such as digital archives, speeches, transcripts, and exclusive research.
History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia
Statewide resource on the many facets of Black history through exhibitions, discussions and celebrations.
H. Wright Museum of African American History
Based in Detroit Michigan and located in the Detroit Cultural Center, this museum is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience.
Comprehensive reference source for vacationers and business travelers planning to visit U.S. and international locales and landmarks rich in African and African American history.
Britannica's Guide to Black History
An effort to trace the African American experience and achievements in the United States and Africa.
Black History Museum
This museum, one of few in the state of Idaho, exhibits, provides educational and outreach programs, and maintains a speakers bureau.
Luther King, Jr. National Memorial
Commemorates the life and work of MLK by leading a collaborative funding, design, and construction process in the creation of a memorial to honor his national and international contributions to world peace through non-violent social change.
of African American History
Largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans.
Great Blacks In Wax Museum
This museum is committed solely to the study and preservation of African American history. Visitors report that this museum is the most unique and dynamic black history experience.
Visionary Leadership Project
Non-profit organization that creates tomorrow’s leaders by recording, preserving, and distributing, through various educational media, the wisdom of extraordinary African American elders who have shaped American history.
African American Lives
Documentary that journeys deep into ancestry of an all-new group of remarkable individuals, offering an in-depth look at the African-American experience and race relations throughout U.S. history.
DVDs and books that bring little known triumphant stories to life. Produced by Karyn Parson (Hillary from "Fresh Prince of Belair"), the stories focus on African American accomplishments.
Represents the single largest archival project of its kind in the world, outdistancing the existing video oral history collections of New York’s Schomburg Library and the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum.
A daily online magazine that provides thought-provoking commentary on today's news from a variety of black perspectives. This is an effort between Henry Louis Gates, Jr and the Washington Post.
A non-profit organization that honors the accomplishments and history of African-Americans who participated in air crew, ground crew and operations support training in the Army Air Corps during WWII.
Visionary Leadership Project
This non-profit organization records, preserves, and distributes the wisdom of extraordinary African American elders who have shaped American history. This is done through various educational media.
House African American History Recognition
There is a dedicated area on the White House's official web site that recognizes African Americans and Black History Month. It features a proclamation by the president, and video footage of his personalized message.
Is Black History?
Black history is the discussion and consideration of African American culture, heritage, treatment and accomplishments. This can include a consideration of origins, slavery, and inventions. Black history often includes a detailed discussion of African history as well.
The subject of African American history has gained popularity amongst whites and other races in recent years, as The History Channel and other major television stations have made it more mainstream. For instance in 2008, CNN spearheaded an initiative to publicize the 40th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. MSNBC and other news networks joined in on the hype, and successfully made it a huge news story that was talked about for days. In addition to commemorations like this, whenever a major news story breaks that involves racism or discrimination - this tends to stimulates a nationwide discussion about slavery and civil rights.
Black history is important to African Americans for the same reason why other cultures appreciate their own heritage. Many take pride in the fact that their ancestors have suffered so much, but have paved the way to allow others to be successful. Blacks have long been discredited for their contributions to American society, but an analysis of their history proves otherwise. They are responsible for some of the world's most used technologies including the automatic traffic signal, the gas burner, railway air brakes, peanut butter, ice cream, and more.
Did Black History Month Come Into Existence?
In 1915, Carter G. Woodson co-founded and financed the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. The organization published and funded research projects about Black history. In 1926, he created Negro History Week - which evolved into Black History Month in 1976. Today, Woodon is referred to as the "Father of Black History." Now February is the most celebrated and recognized month of celebration around the world. For more details, visit: http://usinfo.state.gov/scv/Archive/2005/Jun/08-276343.html
U.S. corporations spend millions every year expressing their support of the month, hoping to remain credible amongst Black consumers. Companies like Verizon, Wal-mart, and Alltel run extensive campaigns that include print ads, television commercials, and online advertising that honor African American history makers - living or dead. BlackHistory.com recognizes these companies through their annual report called the "Top Supporters of Black History Month" based on criteria of how compelling and creative the campaigns are.
The Need For Black History Museums?
Black history museums showcase African American experiences with visual details. Visitors can see pictures, displays, and even actual artifacts that relate to African American history and culture. These museums are frequented by historians, school kids on field trips, and others who may be interested. Some museums feature original art, letters, clothing and more that were a part of a well-known occurence.
Such museums play a huge role in keeping Black history alive. Many are well-supported by the community, and often receive funding and grants from local churches and organizations. Some, such as the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington DC, receive federal funding from the government.
Although not museums, many states such as Arkansas, Maryland, and Missouri preserve sites such as the Underground Railroad and slavery camps. They use these to encourage people to visit their states. This is done through the state board of tourism, and is very influential is making sure that Black history is not forgotten.