Arts, Culture, and Humanities

BLACKPAST ORG

  • Seattle, WA
  • www.BlackPast.org

Mission Statement

BlackPast.org exists to weave the truths of the black American experience into every American's identity, in order to make our union more perfect and our society more just.

Main Programs

  1. WITH PRIDE, Uplifting LGBTQ History on BlackPast.org
  2. 101 African American Firsts
  3. Perspectives
  4. Preserving Martin Luther King County's African American History
  5. African Americans and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons)
Service Areas

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International

The key volunteer staff are located in Seattle, Washington but the volunteers are spread across a number of states and the more than 700 contributors are spread across six continents.  BlackPast.org's audience is global.  In 2016 it had nearly 4.5 million visitors from more than 200 nations.

ruling year

2008

Founder, Senior Member of the Board of Directors since 2017

Self-reported

Dr. Quintard -- Taylor

Keywords

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African, African American History, Black History, Internet History, Website History, Quintard Taylor

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EIN

26-1625373

 Number

7545248405

Physical Address

4545 Sand Point Way NE, #601

Seattle, 98105

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (W05)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Over its decade-long existence BlackPast.org has changed the way history is presented and consumed. It has successfully taken African American and global African history beyond the university classroom to an audience of millions around the world. That fusion of knowledge and technology has made the computer or mobile device screen a classroom in every part of the world. Our challenge now is harnessing newer technologies that will allow us to grow our capacity to provide more history to an even larger global audience.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

WITH PRIDE, Uplifting LGBTQ History on BlackPast.org

BlackPast.org has teamed with the Seattle-based Pride Foundation to produce a page that highlights the contributions of African Americans and persons of African ancestery who are also Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered or Queer.  This page is specifically designed to challenge stereotypes held by persons of African ancestry and the LGBTQ community about each other and to prsent to the general audience the history of people who are in both communities.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$5000

Program 2

101 African American Firsts

101 African American Firsts was established in 2010 to highlight little known African American achievers and to gather together on one place on the Internet the most significant and comprehensive list of black firsts available.  Drawing on a variety of text and internet sources, the page has 170 entries covering fields including politics, law, diplomacy, the military, science and medicine, scholarship (education), arts and literature, media, music and dance, film and theater, radio and television, religion, business and labor, and sports.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$3000

Program 3

Perspectives

Perspectives is one of BlackPast.org's oldest features.  Here we allow authors to write about particular historical issues or questions.  About half of the invited contributors are academic experts examining some aspect of African American or global African history.  The other contributors are people who have a personal connection to a historical event.  Their accounts are instant primary sources.   One contributor represents a combination of these approaches.  Professor James Banks, the founding director of the University of Washington Center for Multicultural Education, is a leading expert in his field but in 2007 he wrote one of the first Perspectives articles about the response of his hometown, Aubrey, Arkansas, to the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court Decision, Brown v. Board of Education.  His article, "Remembering Brown: Silence, Loss, Rage, and Hope," has been read by over 72,000 people.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$3000

Program 4

Preserving Martin Luther King County's African American History

http://www.blackpast.org/preserving-king-countys-african-american-history. This project focuses on the history and development of African Americans in Martin Luther King County, Washington

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

None

Budget

$3000

Program 5

African Americans and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons)

This project is a history of African Americans and people of African ancestry around the world who have joined the LDS Church as well as the racial controversies surrounding church membership including the denial of the priesthood to African American males for more than 120 years.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$3,500

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    BlackPast.org intends to be the major online resource center for the history of the more than one billion people of African ancestry around the world. We will do this by being the "Wikipedia" for historical information for African America and for global African history. Because the website is managed by academic professionals with years of knowledge and expertise in these subjects, we can (unlike Wikipedia and other history websites) ensure through our extensive vetting process that the information provided to the general public will be accurate, current, and reliable. We want to be the "first search" and in many instances, the final search for all things historical about African America and global Africa.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    BlackPast.org has assembled a group of scholars from throughout the world who have expertise in specific areas of African American and global African history. No one scholar can be expert in all the myriad areas but the managers of BlackPast.org are dedicated to identifying and bringing to the website those who are experts in discrete areas. No other website of this type is committed to assembling such expertise.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The website is led by a senior editor who has been specifically educated in this global approach to African American history and the world-wide history of people of African ancestry. While his specific research focus is African American history in the American West, he has a PhD. degree in the History of African Peoples from the University of Minnesota which in the 1970s housed the first graduate program in the nation to provide training in African American history, African history, and the history of people of African ancestry in the Caribbean and Latin America. Moreover the BlackPast.org leadership is committed to recruiting scholars with expertise in areas not yet covered on the website. That recruitment process is ongoing, meaning it will continue as long as BlackPast.org exists and history continues to be made by the populations profiled on this site.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The most obvious way is in the continued growth of the BlackPast.org audience. In 2016 more than 4.4 million people from 200 nations collectively viewed over eight million pages on the website. The BP Facebook page has a following of more than 400,000 and it is rapidly building audiences on Twitter, Instagram, and other major social media. This ensures the information on BlackPast.org will be available to a vast audience that includes schools and universities but that also encompasses the general public. We will know we are making progress as we see those audiences grow.

    We will also know when more major institutions begin to use BlackPast.org and urge their patrons to do the same. BlackPast.org is already archived in the Library of Congress and a number of public and private university libraries, public libraries, and museums. We continue to see growth in those areas. We also note the recognition of BlackPast.org as a legitimate and important source of information cited in books, articles, and other scholarly publications and quoted by newspapers and in radio and television newsrooms. Representatives from Amazon have approached BlackPast.org about the possibility of working with its Alexa which will curate our information on the company's Echo, Dot, and Tap devices. Our progress will be reflected in the continued growth of these organizations and institutions utilizing our data.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We are well on our way to achieving the goals set out above. The greatest challenge lies in our ability to attract financial resources that will allow us to expand both our historical information gathering capacity and our ability to present this information to our large and growing global audience. We are now fundraising to expand and transform the platform used to provide that information. Sadly, that transformation has been slowed by the absence of resources. While individual donors have been exceedingly generous, we have had greater difficulty in attracting significant foundation or corporate support.

    In sum BlackPast.org is experiencing amazing growth and success despite limited resources mainly because of the dedication of hundreds of volunteers, both staff and content contributors. Additional resources would allow us to grow our capacity to deliver far more information to an inquisitive and expanding global audience.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The key volunteer staff are located in Seattle, Washington but the volunteers are spread across a number of states and the more than 700 contributors are spread across six continents.  BlackPast.org's audience is global.  In 2016 it had nearly 4.5 million visitors from more than 200 nations.

Social Media

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Funding Needs

BlackPast.org has funding needs in three major areas.  First, its budget needs to grow so that key people can be hired to replace the key volunteer staff.  For example, the website needs a full time executive director.  The website also needs a major software overhaul so that it can advance from the 2006 Drupal version currently in use (5.0) to the current version (7.0).  Finally, adding translation software would extend the reference center's reach to a larger, global audience.

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Founder, Senior Member of the Board of Directors

Dr. Quintard -- Taylor

BIO

Dr. Quintard Taylor, the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington, Seattle, is the embodiment of public service. He has contributed thousands of hours of his time without any expectation or desire for remuneration. His principal contribution has been the founding, growth, expansion and maintenance of a 13,000-page website devoted to the historical accuracy of African and African American history. This exceptional resource is called BlackPast.org

STATEMENT FROM THE Founder, Senior Member of the Board of Directors

"I dedicate my time and expertise to BlackPast.org on a voluntary basis because I believe we can now have the ability through new and developing technologies to move African American history beyond the traditional classroom into any arena that has a computer screen and Internet access.  BlackPast.org is part of a wave of innovation that is fundamentally changing the way we educate ourselves."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Christopher -- Jay

Merrill Lynch

Term: Jan 2017 - Jan 2019

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?