Educational Institutions

Blackpast Org

  • Seattle, WA
  • www.BlackPast.org

Mission Statement

BlackPast.org is an online reference center that makes available a wealth of materials on African and African American history in one central location on the Internet. These materials include an online encyclopedia of nearly 3,500 entries, the complete transcript of nearly 300 speeches by African Americans, other people of African ancestry, and those concerned about race, given between 1789 and 2014, over 160 full-text primary documents, bibliographies, timelines and six gateway pages with links to digital archive collections, African and African American museums and research centers, genealogical research websites, and more than 200 other website resources on African American and global African history. Additionally, 100 major African American museums and research centers and over 400 other website resources on black history are linked to the website, as are nine bibliographies listing more than 5,000 major books categorized by author, title, subject, and date of publication. It also features the BlackPast.org original Perspectives Online Magazine which includes commentary on important, but little-known events in black history often written by the individuals who participated in or witnessed them.

The Internet continues to revolutionize the nature of teaching and learning. It has been described as the 21th Century version of the 15th Century printing press. Like that press, it dramatically increases the accessibility of knowledge and promotes its dissemination throughout society. Many of BlackPast.org's encyclopedia entries are about well-known individuals such as Harriett Tubman, W.E.B. DuBois, and Barack Obama. The site also profiles little known but significant people in African American history such as Dr. Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler, the first African-American woman to receive a medical degree (The New England Female Medical College, 1864), Edward Bouchet, the first African American student to receive a Ph.D. (Physics, Yale, 1876), Elijah Abel, the last 19th Century black priest in the Mormon Church, and Rebecca Groundage Howard, who in 1859 opened one of the first hotels in Olympia, Washington.

These entries, written by academic scholars such as Henry Louis Gates (Harvard University) and Clayborne Carson (Stanford University), independent historians such as Washington State Chief Justice Gerry Alexander, Moya Hansen (Colorado Historical Society) and Rob Hudson (Carnegie Hall) as well as graduate and undergraduate students from across the United States, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Their work forms the intellectual heart of BlackPast.org. They also represent a dynamic scholarly resource as new entries and new contributors appear on the website.

With its vast array of scholarly features, BlackPast.org has become the website of record for a number of university libraries in the United States and Canada. In August, 2007 BlackPast.org was featured and recommended by the American Historical Association. In 2009, it was selected as a recommended website on African American history by a consortium of British Universities including the University of Edinburgh and the University of Birmingham. In 2010, the U.S. Library of Congress selected BlackPast.org for inclusion in its historic collections of Internet materials. By 2012 prestigious organizations such as the National Council on Public History and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History have requested to be linked to BlackPast.org.

BlackPast.org's greatest impact and success lie, however, with its international audience. According to Google Analytics, 2 million people from more than 150 nations accessed the website in all of 2014. In February 2015, Black History Month, more than 500,000 visits were recorded. Right now, the website averages about 12,000 visitors per day. From 2007 through 2014, 9,279,910 people have used BlackPast.org. This volume of traffic ratifies the importance to millions of people around the world who depend upon the website for timely, accurate and reliable information. It also reinforces the determination to continue to make the website free and ungated to all visitors.

Main Programs

  1. WITH PRIDE, Uplifting LGBTQ History on BlackPast.org
  2. 101 African American Firsts
  3. Perspectives
  4. Preserving Martin Luther King's African American History

ruling year

2008

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Dr. Quintard -- Taylor

Keywords

Self-reported

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)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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

Self-reported by organization

Relying on a volunteer staff of 12 and the work of over 600 contributors from six continents, BlackPast.org is now the largest free and ungated website on African American and global African history on the Internet.  Current monthly traffic reaches nearly 250,000 visitors.  BlackPast.org provides to the public both reference materials on African American and global African history and a historical context for understanding many contemporary issues.  BlackPast.org is dedicated to furthering racial understanding through its vast information and thereby reducing racial prejudice and isolation. It is a globally used learning tool for K-12 and college classrooms and its pages provide little known or often ignored information on African American achievement as well as historical episodes and events.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

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

Budget

$5,000.00

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

Budget

$3,000.00

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

Budget

$3,000.00

Program 4

Preserving Martin Luther King's African American History

http://www.blackpast.org/preserving-king-countys-african-american-history

Category

None

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Social Media

Blog

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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Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Principal Officer

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 Principal Officer

"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

Dr. Carver -- Gayton Chair of the Board

Retired

Term: Jan 2012 - Jan 2014

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?