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Throughout the year, the National Archives and National Archives Foundation will celebrate black history through online programming and virtual events. Register today and we'll see you online!

Nine Days: The Race to Save Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life and Win the 1960 Election

FEBRUARY 11 at 5:00 p.m. (ET)

The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity

The Black family has been a topic of study across disciplines—history, literature, the visual arts, film, sociology, anthropology, and social policy. It has been described as a rich tapestry for exploring African Americans past and present and its complexity as the foundation of African American life and history. Join a panel discussion of these topics and more.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAMMING IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES FOUNDATION, THROUGH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF

Race and reform in America today is incredibly complex, and, in order to understand where we're going, we need to understand where we've been. Help the National Archives Foundation bring the history of our nation's fight for equality light by supporting our new Fund for Rights and Justice. The fund will provide resources for research, public programs, exhibitions and educational materials focused on the stories of African Americans and people of color, as found in the records of the National Archives.

Featured Records

The National Archives is home to countless records that help tell the story of black history in America. These selected documents only scratch the surface.

Civil Rights Act 1964

Signed into law on July 2, 1964, this outlawed discrimination in businesses and public places such as restaurants, schools and more.

Shirley Chisholm's Oath of Office

Shirley Chisholm became the first African American woman to serve in Congress when she took office in January of 1969. Learn more her oath today.

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Less than three weeks before the 1960 Presidential election, two campaigns raced to decide whether, and how, to respond to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s arrest. Three of John F. Kennedy’s civil rights staffers went rogue to free King, propelling Kennedy to the White House.

FEBRUARY 25 at 7:00 p.m. (ET)

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Throughout nearly 250 years of our democracy's evolution, the struggle for African Americans to be equally represented by our founding documents is long, turbulent and continues today. It is a struggle that can be seen through records at the National Archives.

Join the National Archives Foundation as we explore our nation's past and remember the important role that African Americans have played in shaping our shared history.

Freedom Summer Inspiring Young Voters Today

FEBRUARY 24 at 5:00 p.m. (ET)

Join National Archives Foundation Executive Director Patrick Madden in a conversation with Maxim Thorne, Managing Director of the Andrew Goodman Foundation, on how a civil rights murder in 1964 has inspired a national movement of young people to vote and engage in civic life today. 

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Calhoun: American Heretic

FEBRUARY 22 at 12:00 p.m. (ET)

John C. Calhoun is perhaps most known for arguing in favor of slavery as a “positive good” and for his famous doctrine of “state interposition,” which laid the groundwork for the South to secede from the Union. In his new biography, Robert Elder shows that Calhoun is even more broadly significant than these events suggest.

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Spinning the Globe: The History and Legacy of the Harlem Globetrotters

FEBRUARY 26 at 7:00 p.m. (ET)

Drawing on National Archives’ records, this panel discussion will focus on the history and legacy of the Harlem Globetrotters. Joining us for the discussion will be two current players – Fatima “TNT” Lister and Charles “Handles” Franklin; former player and coach “Sweet Lou” Dunbar, and Ben Green, author of Spinning the Globe: The Rise, Fall, and Return to Greatness of the Harlem Globetrotters.

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