Jesse Owens, American Hero

Today's post was written by Netisha Currie, Archives Specialist at the National Archives in College Park The new biographical movie about Jesse Owens, Race, will be released in theaters this Friday, February 19th. The title has a double meaning - alluding to Owens' historic record breaking feats he performed at the 1936 Berlin Olympics as well … Continue reading Jesse Owens, American Hero

Black History Month Tribute: Dr. Walter B. Hill Jr., Archivist, Historian, and Father

Today’s Black History Tribute was written by Alexis Hill, Assistant Registrar in the Exhibits Division at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland Dr. Walter B. Hill Jr., scholar, historian, and senior archivist, opened a lot of doors to the records on African-American history during his 30-year career at the National Archives and Records Administration … Continue reading Black History Month Tribute: Dr. Walter B. Hill Jr., Archivist, Historian, and Father

Black College Life in the New Deal: A Google Cultural Institute Exhibit

Today's blog was written by Netisha Currie, Archives Specialist at the National Archives in College Park. In celebration of Black History Month, the Google Cultural Institute has created a channel devoted to Black History and Culture. It features over 80 exhibits showcasing documents, artwork, photographs, artifacts and 5,000 other types of items relating to black … Continue reading Black College Life in the New Deal: A Google Cultural Institute Exhibit

Tribute: Meadowlark Lemon, “Clown Prince of Basketball”

Today’s Tribute was written by Dr. Tina L. Ligon, Lead Archivist at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland “I had a dream, and I worked at it. I didn’t think about being the greatest or having an impact outside the game. I wanted to leave the game better than I found it.”     … Continue reading Tribute: Meadowlark Lemon, “Clown Prince of Basketball”

Remembering Those Who Served: A Tribute to Veterans

"Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day." ~ Congressman Charles B. Rangel In honor of Veterans Day, the Rediscovering Black History blog would like to commend those African Americans who served in the Armed Forces. The National Archives holds … Continue reading Remembering Those Who Served: A Tribute to Veterans

Amelia Boynton Robinson, Leader in the Voting Rights Movement

Today’s Tribute was written by Dr. Tina L. Ligon, Archivist at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland “It’s important that young people know about the struggles we faced to get to the point we are today. Only then will they appreciate the hard-won freedom of blacks in this country.” ~ Amelia Boynton Robinson On … Continue reading Amelia Boynton Robinson, Leader in the Voting Rights Movement

Julian Bond, A Soldier for Civil Rights

Today’s Tribute was written by Dr. Tina Ligon, Archivist at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland   “I do think that some of us began to realize that this was going to be a long struggle that was going to go on for decades, and you'd have to knuckle down. A lot of people … Continue reading Julian Bond, A Soldier for Civil Rights

“I’m a Blues Man, but I’m a Good Man”: B. B. King and the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Today's tribute was written by Dr. Tina Ligon, Archivist at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland “The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” ~ B. B. King   B. B. King, blues legend and one of the greatest guitarists in music history, transitioned last week. With hits such … Continue reading “I’m a Blues Man, but I’m a Good Man”: B. B. King and the Presidential Medal of Freedom

The Pole at Last

 Today's blog is written by Netisha Currie, Archives Specialist at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. In addition to permanent government records, the National Archives also holds many documents and artifacts relating to polar exploration. These records were donated by many explorers and scholars to the Center for Polar Archives at NARA until the late 1970s. … Continue reading The Pole at Last

Educating African Americans: A Brief Look into Historically Black Colleges in America

Michael Arzate is the Summer Diversity Intern in the Research Services Division, Textual Records at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. He is currently a History undergraduate major at the University of California, Berkeley. As the 50th anniversary of the iconic March on Washington is being celebrated, I've come to reflect on major legislation … Continue reading Educating African Americans: A Brief Look into Historically Black Colleges in America