BlackPast.org is a “crowd sourced” online encyclopedia on African American history and the history of people of African ancestry outside the United States. Its success is built on a network of more than 700 volunteer contributors from six continents. We seek qualified writers to contribute content including entries and occasionally Perspectives articles. If you are interested in becoming a contributor and writing entries on people, places, and events of mutual interest to you and BlackPast.org, or if you would like to help by writing on terms from the existing backlog of potential entries, we would be glad to work with you. All BlackPast.org articles are vetted for historical accuracy and copyedited before they appear. BlackPast.org reserves the right to refuse any submitted entry that does not meet its standards for accuracy and objectivity. BlackPast.org does not accept unsolicited entries or articles.
Our contributors are in three broad categories: academic historians, those who hold a faculty appointment in a two or four year college or a university; student historians, those who are currently students in a two or four year college or university; and independent historians, those who are at least 18 years of age and who have good research and writing skills.
Listed below are PDF files and other information which provide the specific criteria for entries and articles or which point to the resources which can lay the foundation for your research.
Your encyclopedia entry should be in Word format and should look exactly like the one linked below (Edwin Garrison Walker) when it is submitted:
Edwin Garrison Walker (PDF)
Your Perspectives article entry should be in Word format and should look exactly like the one linked below (Southern Negro Youth Congress) when it is submitted:
Every contributor, whether of entries or articles, should send in a bio (about 200 words) and a photo as a jpeg. Both the bio and photo should be submitted long before you send in your entry or article. Use the examples below as guides:
A Model BlackPast.org Contributor biography (Bernadette Pruitt) (PDF)
A Model BlackPast.org Contributor photo (Allison Blakely) (JPG)
Possible sources for encyclopedia entries.
Possible sources for Perspectives articles
Frequently Asked Questions about BlackPast.org
Our Current Contributors
We invite you to help expand BlackPast.org by adding your contribution to the rich and diverse array of information that is African American and Global African history. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer contributor to BlackPast.org please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.