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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!

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.

WERD Was America’s First Black-Owned Radio Station

Broadcaster at WERD radio station

In 1949, bank president and professor Jesse B. Blayton purchased a radio station for the price of $50,000. With the acquisition, the 1,000 watt-powered WERD officially became the country’s first African American-owned and operated station, and an important element of the burgeoning civil rights movement in Atlanta.

During the Great Depression, Black Unemployment Was as High as 70% in Some Cities

African Americans during the Great Depression

Before the Great Depression, African Americans at the time mostly had unskilled jobs. However, after the stock market crash in 1929, those entry-level, low-paying jobs disappeared very quickly and the ones that remained were given to white job seekers who also needed employment. In fact, according to the Library of Congress, the African-American unemployment rate in 1932 climbed to about 50%.

Meet The First Black Symphony Orchestra Conductor

Henry Lewis, first Black symphony orchestra conductor

In 1968, Henry Lewis broke racial barriers by becoming the first director of a leading American symphony orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony. In 1972, he also became the first Black man to conduct at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.

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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...]