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Welcome to BlackHistory.com! This web site features unique stories and facts about Black history, culture and accomplishments. We profile African Americans who made and/or are still making significant contributions to technology, business, entertainment, politics, and even sports!

Meet the Man Who Became America's First Black Doctor in 1837

Dr. James McCune Smith, first African American doctor

Dr. James McCune Smith, one of the leaders of the movement in the 1800s to abolish slavery, is best known for becoming the first African American medical doctor. He is also known as one of the most original and innovative writers of his time

Black Woman Makes History as the 1st Doctor to Cure Cancer Using Nanoparticles

Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green

Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green is a physicist best known as the first person to have successfully cured cancer in mice using laser-activated nanoparticles. She specializes in targeted cancer therapeutics, using laser-activated nanoparticles and immunotherapies to develop biomarker-specific platforms to target, image, and treat malignant tumors.

12-Year Old Genius Makes Historical Mathematics Discovery

Chika Ofili, 12-year old math genius

Chika Ofili, a 12-year old boy from the UK has made a significant mathematical discovery. He has unearthed a new formula that makes the study of math much easier to understand than ever before.

The Scientist Behind the Ebola Cure is Black

Dr. Jean-Jacques Muyembe, virologist who cured Ebola

Ebola can no longer be called an incurable disease thanks to Dr. Jean-Jacques Muyembe, a virologist from Congo who was the first scientist to discover the deadly virus in 1976. Since then, he tirelessly worked and researched for more than 40 years to find a cure!

Meet America's First Black Supermodel -- The First to Be Featured on the Cover of Vogue

Donyale Luna, America's first Black supermodel

Donyale Luna, who was born Peggy Ann Freeman on August 31, 1945, was a model and actress who is generally recognized as America's first Black supermodel.

This Former Slave Was Making Cars More Than 100 Years Ago!

Charles Richard Patterson, first Black manufacturer of automobiles

Henry Ford is definitely the father of the American automobile industry, but many people don’t realize that one of the first manufacturers of automobiles in America was also a former slave named Charles Richard Patterson from Ohio.

A Black Woman is Taking the Lead to Develop a Vaccine For the Coronavirus

Dr. Kizzmekia S. Corbett, lead viral immunologist working on COVID-19 vaccine

Dr. Kizzmekia S. Corbett, a viral immunologist working with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is taking the lead to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus.

Young Female Doctor Credited For Diagnosing, Quarantining 1st Coronavirus Patient in Nigeria

Dr. Amarachukwu Allison

Dr. Amarachukwu Allison is being credited as the first doctor to have diagnosed the first case of coronavirus in the country of Nigeria. The government and others in the country are praising her for helping with the nation's early diagnosis and rapid containment of the virus.

Woman Makes NFL History as the 1st Black Female Coach in the League

Jennifer King, first Black female coach in the NFL

Jennifer King is the first African American woman ever to be hired as a full-time assistant coach in the NFL, and the fourth woman in the league. She began her career as an assistant basketball coach at Greensboro College in North Carolina. Later, she became the head coach for women's basketball at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte.

Black Woman Makes NHL History as the First to Play Professional Hockey

Blake Bolden

Meet Blake Bolden, a native from Cleveland, Ohio, who has broken many barriers in achieving many firsts in the sport of women’s ice hockey. In 2016, she became the first African American woman to play in the National Women's Hockey League, a subsidiary of the NHL.

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Top Black History Museums and Cultural Centers:
There are hundreds of Black history museums in the United States that preserve artifacts, records, documents, and more related to African Americans. They vary in size and popularity, but all of them have exclusive exhibits and collections that millions of people from all ethnic backgrounds take interest in. [Find one to visit...]

Top Black History Organizations and Projects:
There are many organizations and projects that are dedicated to African American history. These include foundations and other educational initiatives. All of them typically have the common goal of preserving Black culture and heritage for those who are interested in gaining more awareness about the African American experience over the past 500 years or longer. [Learn more...]

The History of Black History:
The heritage and experience of African Americans that typically dates back to the mid 1500's when Black people were captured in Africa and brought against their will to America to become slaves. After nearly 400 years of slavery and dehumanization, African Americans were eventually freed but were oppressed, discriminated against, and were initially not even recognized as legal citizens of the United States. [Learn more...]