Find your future in our past.
They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds.
There is no American History without Black History.
Thousands of people are joining in with the Smithsonian to make post-slavery documents digital. Many truths are waiting to be uncovered and many voices are still waiting to speak. Help transcribe so there is more history for us to meet.
The earliest trace of humans has been found in Africa. East & South Africa is where it all began, evolving based on region, climate and diet from there. No matter what your family has evolved to today, the beginning will always be Africa.
Coming to power in 1312 C.E. when he inherited a wealthy kingdom, but his work in expanding trade and made Mali the wealthiest kingdom in Africa. His riches came from mining significant salt and gold deposits in the Mali kingdom. Elephant ivory was another major source of wealth. During his time, he owned half of the gold in the world.
When Mansa Musa went on a pilgrimage to Mecca in 1324 C.E., his journey through Egypt changed the land. Musa gave away so much gold that the overall value of gold decreased in Egypt for the next 12 years. After his return from Mecca, he revitalized cities in his kingdom bringing architects and scholars from across the world, he even built a university.
Learn more about the changes this great man made to our world by clicking on the image.
The rich colors and 51 stars represent the vastness of our culture. We are Africans in America and even though we don't know where we came from or who we were, only we have the power to define who we are.
Modern humans diverged into four major populations between 200,000 and 250,000 years ago. One of those populations is new to scientists; few traces of it remain in the DNA of living Africans.
Our ancestors migrated out of the homeland between 130,000 and 110,000 years ago,” “The first migrants ventured northeast, followed by a second wave of migrants who traveled southwest. A third population remained in the homeland until today.
Early humans first migrated out of Africa into Asia probably between 2 million and 1.8 million years ago. They entered Europe somewhat later, between 1.5 million and 1 million years. Learn more below.