Welcome to the BlackPast.org website. This 3,000 page reference center is dedicated to providing information to the general public on African American history in the United States and on the history of the more than one billion people of African ancestry around the world. It includes an online encyclopedia of hundreds of famous and lesser known figures in African American history, Global African history and specifically the history of African Americans in the West. BlackPast.org also has full text primary documents and major speeches of black activists and leaders from the 18th Century to the present. There are links to hundreds of websites that address the global history of people of African ancestry including major black museums and archival research centers in the United States and Canada. Other features are listed in the left column. Click African American History, African American History in the West, or Global African History to explore our comprehensive resources and knowledge base.
The website is directed toward multiple audiences ranging from scholars and researchers to the general public. All of the information provided by this site is free and accessible to the public. We hope you will use the information and share it and the website with all of those who are interested in knowing more about the historical experiences of the nearly one billion people of African ancestry around the world.
If you have questions, comments or concerns about this website please contact the webmaster, Debbie McNally.
Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History
The University of Washington, Seattle
Monday, May 24, 2010
The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed