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The Online Reference Guide to African American History


Excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King’s Last Sermon, 
“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” Mason Temple,
Memphis, Tennessee, April 3, 1968.


Welcome to BlackPast.org. This 13,000 page reference center is dedicated to providing information to the general public on African American history and on the history of the more than one billion people of African ancestry around the world.

The website is divided into three main areas: African American History (AAH), African American History in the West (AAW), and Global African History (GAH). Under each of those headings you will find a vast array of resources. Under African American History for example we invite you to view our encyclopedia entries, full text primary documents, and major speeches of black activists and leaders from the 18th Century to the present as well as other public figures who debated the question of African American liberty. There are also historical timelines, a list of major newspapers, magazines, and journals, and research guides and websites.

Our Perspectives section features articles written by people who witnessed important events in African American or Global African history or by experts in a particular area of those fields who write about their work. BlackPast.org has nine bibliographies that list over 5,000 books. Click here for the bibliographies. See also our genealogy, digital archives, and multimedia pages.

Our special features include BlackPast.org in the Classroom, a section expressly created for educators, African American Historical Landmarks by State, Black History Month on BlackPast.org, The Donald L. Logan Civil War Memorial Page, Major African American Officeholders Since 1641, 101 African American Firsts, The Barack Obama Page, African American Museums, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and numerous other resources. Please view our video preview to get a quick overview of the website's many features. Be sure to visit us on our Facebook Page and our Blog and follow us on Twitter.

BlackPast.org is directed toward multiple audiences ranging from scholars and researchers to the general public. We invite you to explore our comprehensive resources and knowledge base. All of the information on this website is copyrighted but you are free to access it with our permission. Any information from this site that is posted or published elsewhere must be cleared by the BlackPast.org management and credited to Blackpast.org.

We hope you will use the information and share it and the website with all of those who are interested in knowing more about the history of people of African ancestry around the world.

If you have questions, comments or concerns about this website please contact the webmaster, Quin'Nita Cobbins.

Quintard Taylor
Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History | The University of Washington, Seattle

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BlackPast.org is an independent non-profit corporation 501(c)(3). It has no affiliation with the University of Washington. BlackPast.org is supported in part by a grant from Humanities Washington, a state-wide non-profit organization supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the state of Washington, and contributions from individuals and foundations.