African American History Month

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As we celebrate African American history month every February, we pay tribute to the struggles and achievements of the people and events that have shaped our nation. Explore our collection of records documenting this vast history within the National Archives catalog. https://go.usa.gov/xUP82

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Our featured marchers today are children from the March on Washington, August of See anyone you know? Let us know you recognize any of our marchers! Civil Rights March, African American History Month, Freedom Riders, Racial Equality, Civil Rights Movement, National Archives, Black People, Black Men, Washington

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Children near the Washington Monument.]

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Lyndon Johnson and Robert Kennedy with Civil Rights leaders, June 1963 Black Presidents, Greatest Presidents, American Presidents, Martin Luther King, Afro, African American History Month, Civil Rights Leaders, Robert Kennedy, History Classroom

Photograph of White House Meeting with Civil Rights Leaders. June 22, 1963

Photograph of meeting with Civil Rights leaders. Front Row Martin, Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, Roy Wilkins, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Walter P. Reuther, Whitney M. Young, A Philip Randolph Second Row Second From Left Rosa Gragg Top Row Third From Left James Farmer

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Voters in Peachtree, Alabama

Within months of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 being signed, a quarter of a million African American voters were registered to vote. This photograph of a polling place in Alabama reflects the unprecedented numbers of voters that turned out. The original caption says that African Americans "flock to this polling place in rural, Blackbelt, Alabama 5/3, as they vote in large numbers for the first time in history. Typical of rural polling places is the “Sugar Shack” a small store in Wilcox…

Clarice Brown, 19, is a secretary in the United Mine Workers field Services office in Charleston, West Virginia. Her father was a miner who died of black lung disease, caused by shortage of breath as the lung sacs are filled with coal dust." (This photograph was taken by Jack Corn, April 1974). #historicPOC #blackhistorymonth #bhm2015 #humansofhistory African American History Month, Black History Month, Black Lungs, National Archives, Black Is Beautiful, Secretary, West Virginia, Charleston, Father

Clarice Brown, 19, is a secretary in the United Mine Workers field Services office in Charleston, West Virginia. Her father was a miner who died of black lung disease, caused by shortage of breath as the lung sacs are filled with coal dust." (This photograph was taken by Jack Corn, April 1974). #historicPOC #blackhistorymonth #bhm2015 #humansofhistory

Woman photographed at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama. (This photograph was taken by Leroy Woodson, July African American History Month, Black History Month, Gordon Parks, National Archives, My Black Is Beautiful, Us Images, Family History, Vintage Black, Birmingham Alabama

Woman photographed at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama. (This photograph was taken by Leroy Woodson, July 1972). #historicPOC #blackhistorymonth #BHM2015 #humansofhistory

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"Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois." (This photograph was taken by Perry Riddle, July 1975). #historicPOC #blackhistorymonth #BHM2015 #humansofhistory

A senior citizens' march to protest inflation, unemployment, and high taxes stopped along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago to hear speeches from various officials in October The rally was headed by Rev. Jesse Jackson and Operation Push. African American History Month, Black History Month, Still Picture, Photo Maps, National Archives, The Rev, Photography Projects, True Colors, Citizen

"A senior citizens march to protest inflation, unemployment and high taxes stopped along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois to hear speeches from various officials. The rally was headed by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Operation Push." (This photograph was taken by John H. White, October 1973). #historicPOC #blackhistorymonth #BHM2015 #humansofhistory

“Youths Play Basketball At Stateway Gardens’ Highrise Housing Project On Chicago’s South Side. Champs, Black History Month Activities, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago City, Chicago Illinois, Korea, Still Picture, Photo Maps, My Kind Of Town

"Black youths play basketball at Stateway Gardens' highrise housing project on Chicago's South Side. The complex has eight buildings with 1,633 two and three bedroom apartments housing 6,825 persons. They were built under the U.S. Housing Acts of 1949 and 1968. They are managed by the Chicago Housing Authority which is responsible for 41,500 public housing dwellings." (This photograph was taken by John H. White, May 1973). #historicPOC #blackhistorymonth #BHM2015 #humansofhistory

These amazing color photos show the spirit and struggle of African-American people in Chicago in the early They were all taken by . South Side Chicago, Chicago Magazine, African American History, Black Kids, Black People, Black Is Beautiful, Beautiful People, Back In The Day, Black History

"South Side Group Of Black Children In Chicago At A Playground At 40th And Drexel Boulevard, Part Of Nearly 1.2 Million People Of Their Race Who Make Up Over One Third Of The City's Population." (This photograph was taken by John H. White, October 1973). #historicPOC #blackhistorymonth #BHM2015 #humansofhistory

Hanging at the beach has always been fun, and here& the proof. Check out these awesome vintage photos, brought to you by Bud Light Lime Straw-Ber-Rita, the drink of Summer Afro, South Side Chicago, Photo Maps, Black Families, Black Couples, African American Hairstyles, My Black Is Beautiful, Photo Black, Lake Michigan

"Black Family Enjoying The Summer Weather At Chicago's 12th Street Beach On Lake Michigan." (This photograph was taken by John H. White, August 1973). #historicPOC #humansofhistory #blackhistorymonth #BHM2015

John H. White was hired by the Environmental Protection Agency as a freelance photographer for the "Documerica Project." In addition to taking photos "relating to environmental problems," he was sent to capture images of "everyday life in the African American History Month, Black History Month, Still Picture, National Archives, Young Black, African Diaspora, Black Couples, Black Men, Chicago

"Black Man Enjoying A Nap On A Chaise Lounge On Chicago's South Side." (This photograph was taken by John H. White, August 1973). #historicPOC #humansofhistory #blackhistorymonth #BHM2015

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"A Young Black Man Showing His Muscle During A Small Community Program In Chicago On The South Side. There Are Many Block Clubs And Community Groups Organized To Help Youngsters "do Their Thing" During Special Weekend Programs In Empty Lots In The Black Communities." (This photograph was taken by John H. White, August 1973). #historicPOC #humansofhistory #blackhistorymonth #BHM2015

“Black Youngsters Performing On An Empty Lot At 5440 South Princeton Avenue On Chicago’s South Side.”- 40 Photos That Give A Window Into Black Life In Chicago In The African American History Month, Black History Month, American Life, Chicago Magazine, Photojournalism, Image Shows, Black Is Beautiful, 1970s, The Incredibles

"Black Youngsters Performing On An Empty Lot At 5440 South Princeton Avenue On Chicago's South Side At A Small Community Program Called "an Open Air Fashion And Talent Show" Presented By "the New Between The Tracks Council", A Community Block Group." (This photograph was taken by John H. White, August 1973). #historicPOC #humansofhistory #blackhistorymonth #BHM2015

The Kadats Of America, Chicago’s Most Loved Young Black Drill Team, Shown Performing On A Sunday Afternoon At A Community Talent Show On The South Side. A Window Into Black Life In Chicago In The African American History Month, Chicago Magazine, Talent Show, Young Black, My Black Is Beautiful, Photo Black, Photojournalism, Black And White Photography, Black History

"The Kadats Of America, Chicago's Most Loved Young Black Drill Team, Shown Performing On A Sunday Afternoon At A Community Talent Show On The South Side. Leader Of The Group Is Major General Acklin, Who Works With The Youngsters To Give Them A Positive Outlook On Life." (This photograph was taken by John H. White, August 1973). #historicPOC #humansofhistory #blackhistorymonth #BHM2015

Woman riding a float in the annual Bud Billiken Day Parade in Chicago, Illinois (August The Bud Billiken Day Parade and Picnic is the oldest and largest African American parade in the U. African American History Month, Black History Month, Chicago Magazine, Man Skirt, Vintage Black Glamour, Vintage Style, Bell Bottoms, 1970s, Vintage Fashion

"Closeup Of A Black Beauty Gracing A Float During The Annual Bud Billiken Day Parade Along Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Drive On Chicago's South Side." (This photograph was taken by John H. White, August 1973). #historicPOC #humansofhistory #blackhistorymonth #BHM2015

Black Student Welders Work In A Machine Shop Course Taught At The Chicago Opportunities Industrialization Center, African American History Month, Black History Month, Chicago Riots, South Side Chicago, Paid Sick Leave, Still Picture, National Archives, Working Class, Image Shows

"Black Student Welders Work In A Machine Shop Course Taught At The Chicago Opportunities Industrialization Center In The Heart Of The Cabrini-green Housing Project On Chicago's Near North Side Other Courses In Auto Repair, Drafting And Clerical Work Also Are Offered." (This photograph was taken by John H. White, October 1973). #historicPOC #humansofhistory#blackhistorymonth #BHM2015