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(Press Release) BlackPast.org Opens World of Black History to the World of Internet Users

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SEATTLE, WA -- History buffs, students and general internet users are not limited to Black History Month to find a wealth of black history resources and information.  BlackPast.org, founded by nationally renowned professor of African American history Dr. Quintard Taylor of the University of Washington, opens the world of black history to millions of internet users all year long.   

BlackPast.org’s extensive content is free and accessible to the public 24 hours a day.  The site has more than 3,000 pages, including: an online encyclopedia with nearly 1,800 original entries; over 100 speeches by African American activists; over 120 primary source documents; four gateway pages with links to 50 digital archive collections; 75 major African American museums and research centers; and over 500 links other websites related to African America.  The site also has extensive bibliographies and timelines in African American history.  In fact, Google ranks BlackPast.org’s timeline in African American history as one of the leading sites on the Internet in its category.   Its five searchable bibliographies include more than 2,000 books on the African American historical experience.  

Taylor ensures the information on BlackPast.org retains credibility by verifying and editing each of the original encyclopedia entries contributed by over 300 academic, independent, and student historians from across the United States, Europe and Asia.  Among the contributors are leading historians from major universities such as Clayborne Carson of Stanford and Henry Louis Gates of Harvard as well as regional historians such as Amy Essington of California State University, Long Beach, and Susan Anderson of Los Angeles.  BlackPast.org"s credibility has made it the official sources for information on African America for leading research libraries in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.

Taylor, Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington, is a leading expert on