Here are twenty awesome websites that can expand your knowledge of the contributions and richness of African American history. Each of us can afford to increase our knowledge about the history of Black people. For example, Henrietta Lacks was a Black tobacco farmer from southern Virginia who got cervical cancer when she was 30. Her cells, now known as HeLa cells were the first immortal human cells ever grown in culture. They went up in the first space missions to see what would happen to cells in zero gravity. In addition they were essential to developing the polio vaccine, gene mapping and in vitro fertilization.
Check out the sites below and be sure to share them with others.
African American Achievements in Film and Television
Since the early 1900’s African Americans have continually pushed barriers in film and television. This timeline celebrates the extraordinary achievements of African American directors, writers, actors and producers and more.
Black History Timeline
Tracing the history of African Americans from enslavement as white European settlers first brought Africans to the continent to serve as slaves.
African American Registry
An extensive collection of biographies and articles on significant people and events in African-American history.
A 6,000+ page reference center dedicated to providing information to the general public on African American history and the history of more than one billion people of African ancestry around the world.
African Americans and American Politics
An illustrated history of the African-American presence in politics, from the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States
Here is a look at the biography of Barack Obama the first African American to hold the office
of President of the United States.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Founded in 1925 as the Negro Literature, History and Prints Division of the 135th Street Branch Library by Arturo Alfonso Schomburg. One of the leading cultural institutions in the world devoted to the preservation of materials focused on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences.
Biography.com: Black History
Photos, videos, biographies of noted African Americans, from the Biography Channel.
Black History Month: Infoplease
A series of informative articles in celebration of Black History Month.
The Black Inventor Online Museum
Informative profiles of African Americans who invented a wide range of useful products and processes.
Encyclopedia Britannica Guide to Black History
A gathering of Encyclopedia Britannica articles on African-American topics in one convenient location.
Free At Last: The US Civil Rights Movement
A free 70-page e-book about the Civil Rights Movement, from the US Department of State.
In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience
A colorful exhibit tracing 13 defining migrations that transformed the African-American experience.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Founded February 12, 1909 the NAACP is the nation’s foremost, largest and most widely recognized civil rights organization. View a timeline of the history of the organization.
National Parks and Historic Sites Preserving African-American History
Explore the many ways that the dedicated professionals of the National Park Service work to preserve and protect the places where Black history happened.
Separate But Not Equal: Brown v. the Board of Education
A section of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s site focusing on the fight against segregation, with photos and artifacts. Separate is not equal.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture
The only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.
Stories of Freedom and Justice
A section of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s site celebrating the 50th anniversary of the student sit-ins in Greensboro, North Carolina that helped spark the Civil Rights movement. Includes pictures, video and artifacts.
Tracing Your African American History
Want to begin the journey back through four or five generations to the time of slavery? You need to know what records to search to document each branch of your family tree. This site will give you an idea of how to get started.