Black History and Culture

Explore the history, arts and culture of Black experience in the United States

In collaboration with

National Urban LeagueThe Museum of African American ArtSmithsonian National Museum of African American History and CultureThe Gordon Parks FoundationSchomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public LibraryNational Women’s History MuseumMuseum of African American History, Boston & NantucketMuseum Of UnCut FunkThe Studio Museum in Harlem
and 78 more collections

Learning from the past to inspire the future

Black Renaissance

Dive into a journey through Black History that shines a light on the creatives and history makers who shaped the world

How will you explore?

Over 230 stories from 82 museums, galleries, and cultural institutions across the U.S.

The history of civil rights in the US

Stories of Black resistance, protest, and power made by iconic museums

The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Watch defining moments

Fighting for the future, on film

Art as activism

The We Love You Project

Changing the perception of Black men and boys in the US

Explore Black art

Art and the Black experience in the US, from handmade quilts to 30-foot sculptures

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Get a closer look at these masterpieces

See the details

Up close with artworks by Faith Ringgold, Kara Walker, Alma Thomas, and more

Spotlight on: Gordon Parks

The photographer who put the margins in focus

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Museums and Institutions that focus on Black experience

Explore 80+ historic U.S. institutions

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Risk takers and history makers

Inspirational figures from Black history

The road to freedom

Stories of abolitionism

Celebrating iconic Black women

Women who changed the world

Pioneers of pop culture

On pages, screens, and airwaves

The sound of the people

Music and Black life across the US

On the airwaves

The history of radio pioneers

Black cultures on stage

Theaters and playwriting

Moved to movement

Confronting history, engaging community, and raising social issues through dance

A whole new ballgame

African American athletes who shook up the sporting world

The South’s unique culinary heritage

Creole cuisine and food culture in New Orleans

Take a virtual tour

Visit key sites of Black history

A Tour with the National Park Service

Highlights from NPS sites that commemorate African American history and culture

Keep Exploring Over 2,000 Museum Collections From Around the World

More cultures, arts, and communities from across the globe

Explore Black History & Culture through time

From the 1800s to the present day

Downloadable lesson plans

Lesson plans for teachers to use in class or to give to students

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