Welcome to Black History USA

While some scholars suggest there is evidence of African's living alongside the Native American Indians dating back to the 14th Century, American's today trace the history of Africans arriving in America in Jamestown, Virginia in 1619.

Since originally brought to America by force, African/Black Americans have influenced every aspect of American society. From, education, politics, government, sports, business, arts/entertainment, literature, science to exploration. Thanks to Carter G. Woodson, who realized the country had little knowledge of the contributions made by Blacks/African Americans to the History of the United States, Black History Week was started in 1926.

By 1976 it was extended to four weeks during the month of February, and became known as Black History Month.

Today with the election of our 44th and first African American/Black President, there has been a renewed interest in African American/Black history.

While Black History Month is a significant time of celebration; Black History USA believes history is made twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, and three hundred sixty five days a year.

Black History Nuggets

Black America - What would eventually become the United States of America. The first Africans arrived in Jamestown, Virginia in 1619.

Law of the Land - In 1789, the United States Constitution states that blacks in America are classified as only two-fifths of a human.

Dred Scott - A decision by the U. S. Supreme Courts which states that slaves are property, not citizens.

Jackie Robinson - Born in 1919, was the first African American/Black baseball player in the Major League.

"I Have a Dream" - August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King delivered his famous speech on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

Civil Rights Pioneer - Dorothy Heights, President of the National Council of Negro Women for more than 40 years and a key figure during the Civil Rights Era died - April 20, 2007. She was 98 years old.

Million Man March - Organized by the Nation of Islam's leader, Louis Farrakhan, on October 16, 1995. African American/Black men gathered on the National Mall for a march calling for Unity and Brotherhood.

Buying Power - Now estimated at over 900 Billion Dollars.

Black Count - 2010 Census counts 40 millions blacks in the U.S. African Americans/Blacks make up 12.3 percent of the U.S. population, down from 14.8 percent of the population in 2000.