Black History Month

Notable African Americans

This American Life: Harold Washington
A parable of politics and race in America. The story of Chicago's first black mayor, Harold Washington, told two decades after his death. Washington died on November 25, 1987.

Harold Washington: The Life and Times
Harold Washington was a Lawyer, State Senator, Congressman and the first black Mayor of Chicago.

Barack Obama: 44th President of the United States
Biography of Barack Obama.

Academy of Achievement: Profiles of African American Achievers
Video interviews of African American Achievers.

African American Icons
Learn more about the black individuals who have made extraordinary achievements in their fields.

African Americans in Congress
This Web site, based on the book Black Americans in Congress, 1870–2007, contains biographical profiles of former African-American Members of Congress and links to information about current black Members.

Carter G. Woodson: Father of Black History
A profile of the Founder of Black History Month.

Science Update: African American Scientists
Since Benjamin Banneker and George Washington Carver left their marks on American science, African Americans have made great strides as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and inventors.

Du Bois Central
The Department of Special Collections and the University Archives at UMass Amherst have paired up to create this wonderful collection of resources relating to the life and legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois.

Women and Literature
The late emergence of black women's literature as a focus of study in no way reflects a lack of materials to examine: black women have been writing and publishing their work in America since the late eighteenth century.

African American Women Writers of the 19th Century
Biographies of 19th Century African American Women Writers.

Notable Black Inventors A-Z
Learn about the contributions of African Americans inventors to American society.

Prominent African Americans

Jackie Robinson

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project

The Top Ten African American Inventors