Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.
- Booker T. Washington

Striver’s Row | New York, NY

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Photo by Kmf164, Creative Commons Strivers’ Row is three rows of townhouses in western Harlem, in the New York City borough of Manhattan on West 138th and West 139th between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Constructed between 1891 and 1893, the homes were designed for middle and upper middle class white […]

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Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York, NY

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Credit: Dennis InAmsterdam, Creative Commons License Built in 1808, the Abyssinian Baptist Church is New York’s oldest African American church with one of the largest black congregations in the U.S. with more than 10,000 members. It was founded in 1808 by visiting free Ethiopian seamen and allied African-American parishioners who left the First Baptist Church […]

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W.C. Handy Memphis Home & Museum, Memphis TN

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William Christopher Handy (1873 – 1958) was a blues composer and musician. Widely known as the “Father of the Blues,” Handy remains among the most influential of American songwriters. Though he was one of many musicians who played the distinctively American form of music known as the blues, he is credited with giving it its […]

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The Fist Memorial, Detroit MI

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Photo Credit: Nicole Peterson The Monument to Joe Louis, known also as “The Fist”  is a memorial to the boxer at Detroit’s Hart Plaza. Dedicated on October 16, 1986, the sculpture, commissioned by Sports Illustrated magazine from the Mexican-American sculptor Robert Graham, is a 24-foot-long arm with a fisted hand suspended by a 24-foot-high pyramidal […]

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Apollo Theater | New York, NY

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Credit: Hans Joachim Dudeck, Creative Commons License Considered by man as the  granddaddy of African American entertainment venues, the Apollo Theater originally operated as “Whites Only” theater from 1914 until it fell into disrepair and had to closed its doors during the early years of the Great Depression. It was purchased by Sidney Cohen 1933, […]

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Museum of the African Diaspora | San Francisco, CA

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Photo Credit: The Freelon Group, www.freelon.com The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) is dedicated to the diasporan histories of people of African origin and their influence and adaptation throughout the world. With a focus on North America, the Caribbean, and South America, MoAD’s exhibits trace the history and legacy of the slave trade, fights […]

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Studio Museum in Harlem | New York, NY

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Since opening in a rented loft at Fifth Avenue and 125th Street in 1968, The Studio Museum in Harlem has earned recognition for its catalytic role in promoting the works of artists of African descent. The Museum’s Artist-in-Residence program has supported nearly 100 graduates who have gone on to establish highly-regarded careers, including Chakaia Booker, […]

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Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center | Baltimore, MD

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More like a performing arts center than a museum, the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center primarily focuses on the local arts and cultural scene, featuring live jazz performances, recitals and music instruction. Exhibits feature photos and other memorabilia of Eubie Blake and other famous Baltimorean’s Billie Holiday and Cab Calloway. James Hubert […]

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Discover Paris! Tours

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Discover Paris! serves independent travelers, private groups, and study abroad programs seeking to explore two distinctive cultural aspects of the City of Light. Explore African Diaspora Paris with their signature Entrée to Black Paris tours and activities or experience the best of epicurean Paris with gourmet walks and activities. All in all, they offer well […]

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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

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Begun in 1970 to commemorate the great heritage of jazz in New Orleans, JazzFest has expanded into nearly all genres of popular music. Besides traditional (Dixieland) styles, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival now features an eclectic mix of musical genres including blues, gospel, soul/R&B, international music (especially African, Latin and Caribbean), funk, country/western, […]

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Geechee Kunda Cultural Center | Riceboro, GA

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Located on a former rice and indigo plantation, the Geechee Kunda Cultural Center was founded by Jim and Pat Bacote as a means of contributing to efforts to preserve elements of African culture that exist in the Gola-Kissi (Geechee Kunda) lands of the Southeastern United States. Geechee Kunda (a Sarakole’ word meaning compound) is reflective […]

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Anacostia Community Museum | Washington D.C.

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Photo Credit: Anacostia Community Museum The Anacostia Community Museum, is the Smithsonian Institution’s museum of African American history and culture, primarily devoted to the identification, documentation and preservation of the African American experience in the Upper South (Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Washington, D.C.), as well as nationwide. The museum is located […]

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