Picturing Black History

Photographs and stories that changed the world

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A Tough Road Uphill

“Buffalo Soldiers”—The 92nd Infantry Division—in Italy, 1944-45

Workers of the World

Black Communists Fought for Jobs and Safety in 1930 Washington, D.C.

At War with Memory

How race has shaped our memory of the Civil War and Emancipation

Student Activism and the Rise of Black Studies

The struggle of university students to build Black Studies on campus, in their communities, and throughout the nation.

Wade in the Water

The Fight to Desegregate Savannah Beach

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Historic Photos, Fresh Stories

In 1959, Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru (C) is flanked by his guests, American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King (L) and wife Coretta Scott King during a one-month visit to India at the invitation of the Gandhi Peace Foundation.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. opposed racism, imperialism, and capitalist inequity at home and around the world.

The remarkable story of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a forgotten founder of rock and roll.

A real-life drama performed before an audience of four.

Claude Brown testifies about the urban crisis in 1960s America.

From daring Civil War hero to Reconstruction-era political pioneer, the life of former slave Robert Smalls was as amazing as it was significant.

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About Picturing Black History

Our Mission

The editorial team at Picturing Black History recognizes the importance of Black history as a subject of academic knowledge and a source of African diaspora identities. We embrace the power of images to capture stories of oppression and resistance, perseverance and resilience, freedom dreams, imagination, and joy within the United States and around the globe.

Picturing Black History emerged in the wake of national and international Black Lives Matter protests following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers in 2020. We recognize that Black Lives Matter is a contemporary outgrowth of a long history of Black racial protest in the United States. Picturing Black History is our collaborative effort to contribute to an ongoing public dialogue on the significance of Black history and Black life in the United States and throughout the globe.