The Michigan Manual of Freedmen's Progress data was collected by a panel of Michigan African Americans selected by Michigan Governor Woodbridge Ferris. Their work was compiled into the MMFP by Francis H. Warren in 1915, offering a cross-section of successful black Michiganders in the early 20th century.
One of the more remarkable stories published in 2019 was the New York Times' 1619 Project. The ambitious 96-page magazine contains more than 80 pages of historical essays examining the many aspects of contemporary American life that can be traced back to slavery. An additional 16-page newspaper section, produced in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture, explores slavery’s disturbing history.
The Vlib or Virtual Library on US: African-American history is compilation of Internet links covering myriad topics including the Middle Passage, Civil War, Underground Railroad, Progressive Era, Civil Acts Right, Black Power and more.
StoryCorps captures the story of Winfred Rembert as a teenager in the mid-’60s when he was arrested in the aftermath of a Civil Rights protest in Americus, Georgia. He became one of the only people ever known to survive a lynching. Winfred sat down for a conversation with his wife, Patsy.
Complementing the nearly 100-page supplemental magazine dedicated to the 1619 Project, the New York Times created a website covering the printed articles and elaborating on others. The articles and essays provide an invigorating and progressive perspective on how slavery did and still impacts American history.
The content sparked immediate attention and controversy, including prominent names like Newt Gringrich who stated, "the whole project is a lie," along with the American Conservative, National Review and other leading conservatives who rebuked the NYT publication.
“The African-American experience is the lens through which we understand what it is to be an American,” writes Lonnie G. Bunch III, the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The national collection in Washington, D.C., is just one of many diverse museums and monuments across the country that help visitors connect to significant moments in black history and to learn about the country’s legacy of racial injustice. Here are 13 destinations for discovering more about African-American history and culture.