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?

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 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?

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 Civil Rights Movement?

The African-American Civil Rights Movement refers to social movements that were undertaken by African-Americans in the United States to fight discrimination and racial segregation. The major social movements occurred between 1955 and 1968. These social rights movements were peaceful and rarely involved violent confrontations.

The African-American Civil Rights Movement

When is Black History Month?

Black History Month takes place in February in the United States and Canada and in October in the United Kingdom.

When Is Black History Month?