Black History Month: Spotlight on the Remarkable Sojourner Truth

The abolition of slavery in the United States is an important topic of discussion during African-American History Month. Although the abolitionist movement is often said to have started when the Mennonite and Quaker communities of Pennsylvania published a pamphlet condemning slavery in 1688, organized resistance by Africans was recorded as early as 1522. By the…

Celebrating the Richness of African Ancestry and History

As the United States and Canada observe African American History Month in February, educators and historians are busy collaborating with artists, community leaders and activists for the purpose of preparing lessons, exhibits and events to highlight the importance of African ancestry and history to the development of North American society. Traditionally, African American History Month…

Forgotten Figures of Black History: Anna Douglass and Claudette Colvin

  Anna Murray-Douglass and Claudette Colvin are little-known figures in African-American history, often being left out of narratives involving prominent contributions towards black liberation. Anna Murray-Douglass grew up in the 19th century as the first emancipated child to her newly-freed parents. While she played a pivotal role in American history, most of us know her…

The National Museum of African American History and Culture Paints a Full Picture

  Decades of planning and organization finally came to fruition on September 24, 2016, when the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The new building is part of the Smithsonian Institution and was dedicated by President Barack Obama. The idea for a national gallery celebrating…