Notable African Americans
African American Warriors
African American Women Writers of the 19th Century
AFRO-American Almanac BIOgraphies
Black History Month Spotlight on the Arts
From times of slavery through today, African Americans have made enormous contributions to the American arts. Learn how black musicians, artists and writers have influenced each other, their country and the world.
Breaking Racial Barriers – African Americans in the Harmon
Distinguished Women of Past and Present
Great African Americans from Biography.com
Langston Hughes (1902-1967) – Teacher Resource File
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black History Month
Selected reference sources from Louisiana State University Libraries, Baron Rouge, LA
Notable Black Inventors A-Z
Learn about the contributions of African Americans inventors to American society.
Notable Chicago African Americans
O’Ree A Hockey Pioneer
Willie O’Ree, the NHL/s first black player, was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, in 1935, the son of a city civil engineer and a member of one of only two black families in the city.
Power in the Press: Black Publishers Righting History
Prominent African Americans
Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights 1860-1960
The Beloved Community
Site dedicated to the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Frederick Douglass Papers
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project
The Men of Montford Point The First Black Marines
The Top Ten African American Inventors
Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad
Jan E. Matzeliger
Charles R. Drew
Percy Lavon Julian
Stamp on Black History
Biographies of African American men and women who were honored with a commemorative stamp for their contribution to American history.
Political and Business Leaders: CEOS to Beauty Empires
African Americans have been -- and are -- a force in the political and business worlds, influencing the products we buy and the laws that govern society. The following is just a sampling of African Americans who have forged government and industry with their work and ideas.
Cultural Pioneers: Icons and Intellectuals
Some African Americans have had a profound impact on American society, changing many people's views on race, history and politics. The following is a sampling of African Americans who have shaped society and the world with their spirit and their ideals.
Notable Scientists: Breaking Barriers
From space exploration to long-lasting light bulbs, black men and women of science have significantly altered American society. The following is just a sampling of African Americans who have saved and changed lives by breaking new ground in science and technology.
Arts Innovators: Changing Culture
From distinctive sounds to literary eminence, African-American performers, artists and writers have transformed their respective fields. The following is just a sampling of African Americans whose contributions have changed the arts.
Carter G. Woodson: Father of Black History
One of the most inspiring and instructive stories in black history is the story of how Carter G. Woodson, the father of black history, saved himself for the history he saved and transformed.
Census Bureau Audio Profiles of Notable African Americans
Listen to the life stories of notable African Americans
Black Americans have Rich History in Professional Baseball
Sport provided cultural exposure, jobs for players in era of discrimination
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Founded in 1990, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is a privately founded non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the rich history of African American Baseball.
Americans Celebrate the Achievements of Martin Luther King Jr.
On the third Monday of January Americans honor the life and achievements of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968), the 1964 Nobel Peace laureate and the individual most associated with the triumphs of the African-American civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s.
Hall of Black Achievement
The Massachusetts Hall of Black Achievement (HOBA) at Bridgewater State College was founded in 1987. The mission is to discover, detail and disclose the significant achievements and contributions of people of color. HOBA will preserve, teach, research and make available for advanced inquiry and public awareness all of its work.
Jesse Jackson: Rainbow Push Coalition
The RainbowPUSH Coalition, founded by Jesse Jackson, is a progressive organization fighting for social change. As a mighty coalition of conscience; workers, women and people of color have the power to make the American Dream a Reality!
The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Videos, articles, biographies and a timeline, tell the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Academy of Achievement: Rosa Parks Profile
On December 1, 1955, African-American Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give her bus seat to a white passenger. One year later, on December 20, 1956, the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregated bus seating illegal. During that year, the forty-two year Montgomery seamstress lead a peaceful bus boycott that became a model for other civil rights protests.
Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words
In this video, Rosa Parks reminisces about giving up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, AL in 1955
Rosa and Raymond Parks for Self Development
The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development was co-founded in February 1987 by Mrs. Rosa Parks and Ms. Elaine Eason Steele, in honor of Raymond Parks (1903 - 1977). It is the living legacy of two individuals who committed their lives to civil and human rights.
Black History Month: Artists and Writers
African-American artists who have pushed the envelope and advanced racial discourse in their field.
Black History Month: Breaking Barriers
African-American icons who have been the “first" in their fields.
Blazing Trails and Breaking Barriers
A tribute to groundbreaking black athletes who have defied standards and raised the bar for everyone.
Great African American Sport Figures
A slideshow depicting stories about notable black athletes
African American Writers of the 19th Century
From the New York Public Library Digital Library Collection