About African-American History

African-Americans make up one of the largest ethnic groups in the United States. For years, African-American history was not taught or was allocated to the margins of any school curriculum. Many African-Americans in the United States descendants of enslaved people who were brought over from Africa. Even after slavery was illegalized in, Black Americans continued to face great discrimination and marginalization in society. This led to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. In 2008, Barack Obama became the first Black President of the United States. 

African-American History Quick Facts

Which State Has the Largest African American Population?

Though not technically a state, the District of Columbia has the largest African-American population, at 50.7%. At 37.3%, Mississippi has the highest population of African-Americans out of all states. Louisiana follows closely, with 32.4% of its population being African-American.

10 States With The Largest African-American Populations

When Did African Americans Get The Right To Vote?

African Americans were given voting rights on August 6, 1965. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in the presence of Civil Rights Movement activities including Martin Luther King Jr.

When Did African Americans Get the Right to Vote?

Who Was Harriet Tubman?

Harriet Tubman was an enslaved person who left the American South to escape slavery via the Underground Railroad.

Who Was Harriet Tubman?

What Was the Great Migration of African-Americans?

During the Great Migration (1910 to 1970), 6 million African-Americans moved out of the rural Southern US, many to other parts of the country.

What Happened During The Great Migration Of African-Americans?

Who Is Marcus Garvey?

Marcus Garvey was an important figure in black activism and black nationalism, and is considered by many to be one of the Rastafari prophets.

Marcus Garvey: Important Figures in History

Who Is Malcolm X?

Malcolm X is considered by many to be one of the most influential Americans despite being assassinated while in the prime age of his life. He was an outspoken human rights activist advocating for the rights of black Americans.

Biography of Malcolm X

Who was Mae C. Jemison?

Mae C. Jemison was the first black woman to go to space. Her space career debuted on September 12, 1992, on the STS-47.

10 Famous Black Scientists

What Was the Black Panther Movement?

A revolutionary black nationalist/socialist organization, the Black Panther Party sought to stop the US government’s oppression of African Americans. Members wanted to bring revolutionary change to the American society based on the teachings of Malcolm X and Mao Tse-tung.

The Black Panther Party