"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."– Martin Luther King Jr.
"I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more, if only they knew they were slaves."– Harriet Tubman
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Barack Obama was the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review? See more.
"What we play is life."– Louis Armstrong
Black entertainers have made their mark from the stage to the screen with their memorable performances. From show biz legends like Louis Armstrong to pop stars like Beyoncé, watch the fascinating stories of the people who have shaped our culture as they've entertained the world.View all Entertainers
"There's not an American in this country free until every one of us is free."– Jackie Robinson
"Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined."– Toni Morrison, Beloved
They have portrayed life honestly and poetically while often fearlessly examining race and identity in their literary works. Watch biographies of African-American writers such as Toni Morrison, Langston Hughes, Alice Walker and others who have captivated our imaginations with their words.View all Writers
Who was the first African-American to win an Oscar for Best Actress? Watch their videos to find the answer.
Learn more about the lives of African-Americans who have made extraordinary achievements in their fields, with our collection of Black History Groups.
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Flip through these photos of some of Black History's most important, controversial and inspiring figures. Check out our African-American Firsts - Athletes, Black Comedians, Million-Dollar Ideas, African-American Biopics, African-American Expats, or explore all of our Black History photos.
Celebrate the historical icons of America's black community through this interactive journey.
- Apollo Theater Interactive Tour
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- Path to Equality
- Who Am I Game
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