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 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

Who Was Jane Bolin?

Jane Bolin was the first African-American woman to graduate from Yale Law School. She is known for advocating for civil rights.

Jane Bolin – Important Figures in US History

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 Jackie Robinson?

Jackie Robinson is famous for being the first black baseball player to play in the International League. His debut in the major league brought an end to the baseball color line, which was a sixty years period of segregation in professional baseball.

Jackie Robinson - Important Figures in US History