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40 Years of Service

Established one year ago by University of Washington Professor Quintard Taylor and other volunteers, Black Past.org has emerged as one of the leading Web sites on the Internet on all aspects of African American history. The Web site presents history content to the general public in a highly interactive and accessible format. Our Web site of more than 2,000 pages is free and ungated, and is available every day of the year. 
BlackPast.org was launched on Feb. 1, 2007; in that year over 455,000 people visited the Web site seeking information on African America.  These visitors came from 104 nations around the world.  In the first 50 days of 2008, BlackPast.org has generated 133,000 visits. ...


The Congressional Black Caucus is an organization of African American members of the Congress of the United States. First founded in 1969 as the  "Democratic Select Committee," by a group of Black legislators —  Shirley Chisholm, William L. Clay Sr., George W. Collins, John Conyers, Ronald Dellums, Walter Fauntroy, Augustus F. Hawkins, Ralph Metcalfe, Parren Mitchell, Robert Nix,  Charles Rangel, and Louis Stoke—in 1971 the group renamed itself the Congressional Black Caucus. ...


After nearly a generation, a community-wide dream has finally become a reality.
The grand opening of the Northwest African American Museum will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m Saturday, March 8 in the former Coleman School, located at 2300 S. Massachusetts St., in Seattle's Central District.
The celebration kicks off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, free public tours, live music, children's art activities and more. Some of the dignitaries slated to attend are Mayor Greg Nickels, King County Executive Ron Sims and Sen. Jim McDermott. Joyce Taylor, anchor from KING 5 TV, will emcee the event.....

1. True or False?
• A Black man served as a crew member on Christopher Columbus' first voyage to the New World in 1492.
• Onesimus, an enslaved man in the house of Cotton Mather, first introduced to North America the idea of inoculating people to prevent serious diseases.
• When George Washington acquires the Mt. Vernon property 200 enslaved African Americans work there. Under his ownership that number decreases to 18.
• In 1750 one in every five residents of the colonies was enslaved. 
• The first state to abolish slavery was New York....


Henry Beauchamp
Born the youngest child of seven siblings to a farming family in Louisiana, Beauchamp made his impression on the world in Yakima, Wa. After working for some time as a brick mason, Beauchamp soon evolved into a community builder after raising $550,000 to build the Southeast Yakima Comm-unity Center in 1971. After being elected to the Yakima City Council in 1978, he served for 24 years, including mayor from 1986 to 1988. He has also helped save the largest Black-owned health care business in Seattle, and served on several state commissions and blue ribbon panels....


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