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Welcome to BlackHistory.org! This web site features unique stories about Black history, culture and accomplishments. We spotlight African Americans who made and/or are still making significant contributions to technology, business, entertainment, politics, and even sports!


Modern Black Film Directors Who Are Flipping the Script

Jordan Peele

Hollywood has a long history of overlooking the stories of Black people. These modern Black film directors seek to change that. These directors have shattered box office records and won critical acclaim for the compelling stories and stunning cinematography they produce.

4 Black Artists Whose Works Have Been in Museums

Black artists with works in museums

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, some might say that art is one of the greatest representations of history. Through art, African Americans have depicted their cultural past as well as their hopes for the future. Unfortunately, some of the most monumental art pieces created by African Americans are forced to exist in the shadows of more widely recognized artwork. As of 2018, only 7.6% of artwork featured in American museums was created by Black artists.

The Untold Story of the All-Black Army Unit That Protected Hawaii During World War II

All-Black army unit in Hawaii during World War II

During World War II, the 369th Infantry Regiment made up entirely of Black male soldiers was stationed in Hawaii. Dubbed the “Harlem Hellfighters” by their German adversaries during World War I, they were known for their toughness in battle, having never lost a man to capture while also never losing a trench or foot of ground to enemy forces.

3 Impactful Black Figures in Medicine

James McCune Smith and Rebecca Lee Crumpler

The road to becoming a physician requires self-sacrifice, patience, and conviction. Few people embody these ideals more than the following Black figures in medicine.

Meet the First Black Woman to Have Traveled to Every Country and Continent in the World

Woni Spotts, first Black woman to travel the world

Many people dream of traveling around the world but only a few could really achieve that. But Woni Spotts has completed her goal of visiting every country and continent in the world, and she is the first Black woman to do so!

Meet the Black Jockeys Who Helped Create the Kentucky Derby

Black Jockeys who won the Kentucky Derby

After the Civil War, most horse trainers, grooms, and jockeys were Black men. In fact, of the 28 winning jockeys of the first Kentucky Derby, 15 of them were African American. However, according to the Los Angeles Times, this didn't last long because once the Jim Crow era began in the early 1900's, African Americans were banned from the sport.

A Stitch in Time: 4 Black Designers Who Made Fashion History

Ann Lowe, the woman who designed Jackie Kennedy's wedding dress
Ann Lowe designed Jackie Kennedy's wedding dress in 1953
Fashion designing is an art form that requires both passion and dedication. In order for the field to continue evolving, we need innovative minds. Some of fashion’s most revolutionary movements have been spearheaded by Black designers. We have found four of these designers stand out in their trade.

4 Inspiring Black Writers and the Moving Stories They Tell

Alex Haley, author of Roots
Alex Haley, author of Roots and Queen
The written word is a powerful thing - capturing emotions and providing imagery that captivates readers and makes them think about the issues around them. Having to overcome a variety of obstacles in their early lives, these inspiring Black writers used their past to inspire thought-provoking change via their work.

4 of History's Most Influential Black Authors

Lorraine Hansberry, author of A Raisin in the Sun
Lorraine Hansberry, author of A Raisin in the Sun

The best source of Black history comes from Black authors’ own written word. The men and women who put their pens to paper to immortalize their principles serve as inspiration to the rest of us. The works of the four Black authors in this list have withstood the test of time and continue to influence today.

Dancing Through Life: 3 Black Ballerinas and Their Stories

Raven Wilkinson, African American ballerina

In 2015, Misty Copeland made history by being the first African American woman to ever become a principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre. While this news bodes well for the future of African American woman in dance, the brick Copeland laid was not the first one placed in the pavement; for decades Black woman have been fighting for their place on the stage. These three Black ballerinas have made history with their talent and their passion for their artform.


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Top Black History Museums and Cultural Centers:
There are hundreds of Black history museums in the United States that preserve artifacts, records, documents, and more related to African Americans. They vary in size and popularity, but all of them have exclusive exhibits and collections that millions of people from all ethnic backgrounds take interest in. [Find one to visit...]



Top Black History Organizations and Projects:
There are many organizations and projects that are dedicated to African American history. These include foundations and other educational initiatives. All of them typically have the common goal of preserving Black culture and heritage for those who are interested in gaining more awareness about the African American experience over the past 500 years or longer. [Learn more...]



The History of Black History:
The heritage and experience of African Americans that typically dates back to the mid 1500's when Black people were captured in Africa and brought against their will to America to become slaves. After nearly 400 years of slavery and dehumanization, African Americans were eventually freed but were oppressed, discriminated against, and were initially not even recognized as legal citizens of the United States. [Learn more...]