BLACKPAST ORG

Seattle, WA   |  www.BlackPast.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

2008

Founder, Senior Member of the Board of Directors

Dr. Quintard -- Taylor

Main address

4616 25th Avenue NE, PMB 222

Seattle, WA 98105 USA

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EIN

26-1625373

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (W05)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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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.

Population(s) Served

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.

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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.

Population(s) Served

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

Population(s) Served

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.

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Awards

Among 25 Best Free Websites for 2011 2011

American Library Association

Charles Payton Award for Heritage Advocacy 2011

Association of King County (Washington) Historical Organizations

Best of Reference: Hybrid Print and Electronic Resources 2009

New York Public Library

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Financials

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BLACKPAST ORG

Board of directors
as of 6/27/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Christopher -- Jay

Merrill Lynch

Term: Jan 2017 - Jan 2019

Quintard Taylor

Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History, University of Washington, Seattle

Christopher Jay Private Wealth Manager

Merrill Lynch

Virginia Wyman Owner/Manager

The Ruins Private Restaurant

Hillel Cooperman Corporate Administrator

The Microsoft Corporation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No