Top Black History Organizations and Projects

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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.

Here are some of the top Black history organizations, projects and initiatives to explore:

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute: Located at Stanford University, this institute is a permanent financial base for the King Papers Project and a broad range of other educational activities. It's goal is to disseminate King's visionary ideas in perpetuity.

Black Heritage Society: a self-help, non-profit organization chartered by the State of Texas that subscribes to Activism, Advocacy, and Action on behalf of the underprivileged, undeserved, and those seeking justice and equality.

National Visionary Leadership Project: Initiative to develop the next generation of leaders by recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of extraordinary African American elders who have transcended barriers, shaped American history, and influenced the world.

Association for the Study of African American Life and History: the premier Black Heritage learned society with a strong network of national and international branches and partners whose diverse and inclusive membership will continue the Woodson legacy.

The HistoryMakers: the nation's largest African American video oral history collection that is committed to preserving and making widely accessible the untold personal stories of both well-known and unsung African Americans.