20 Great Websites to E-Learn About Black Historyposted by Mark on February 18th, 2010
It’s Black History Month, and it’s never been easier to discover the richness of African-American history. (Those of you old enough to remember having to comb through 20-plus volumes of encyclopedias in the school library know what I’m talking about.) Whether you’re researching a project for class or are just trying to broaden your horizons, these 20 fantastic websites cataloging a wealth of information on black history are available with just a few taps of your fingers.
African-American History Primary Sources
A listing of primary sources — narratives, newspapers, writings, interviews and various archives — for research on African-American history.
The African-American Mosaic
A Library of Congress collection for the study of African-American culture and history.
African American Registry
An extensive collection of biographies and articles on significant people and events in African-American history.
African American World Timeline
An comprehensive PBS timeline of African-American history and culture, with a wealth of multimedia links.
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.
African Americans and the White House
A timeline tracing the little-known history of African-American representation in the White House.
The African Presence in the Americas: 1492-1992
A basic history of African Americans, from the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
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 artlcles 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.
History.com: Black History
The History Channel’s collection of timelines, maps, videos and articles celebrating African-American history.
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
The NAACP’s site presents a timeline of notable moments in African-American history since the foundation of the NAACP in 1909, with video introductions from stars like Laurence Fishburne and Dennis Haysbert.
National Parks and Historic Sites Preserving African-American History
The National Park Service’s overview of sites around the country devoted to historic moments in African Americans’ past.
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.
Smithsonian.com: Black History Heritage Month
The Smithsonian Magazine’s celebration of Black History Month, including the fascinating little-known story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor tobacco farmer whose unique gift would help lead to medical advances throughout the 20th century and beyond.
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.
Stories to Tell
Illustrated articles tracing historic outdoor experiences of African Americans, told through the National Park Service.