Read Thru History: Black History Timeline Since 1968

Read Thru History: Black History Timeline Since 1968

The campaign to set up a museum honoring black citizens is nearly 100 years old; building the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture itself and assembling its amazing collection of artifacts is a story in our time though – the museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016. All kinds of people helped: educators, activists, politicians, architects, curators, construction workers, and ordinary Americans who donated cherished belongings.

According to the Museum’s website, it has collected more than 36,000 artifacts. You can explore the Museum’s collection of artifacts from home. In fact, if you have a family item you would like to donate, you can fill out an online form to see if the Museum would like to add it. That would be really cool. You can also learn about their artifacts by following the hashtag #APeoplesJourney on Twitter.

This page includes books that will help you read your way thru the last 50 years or so of African American history. 

1968 April 4 Martin Luther King Assassinated

The Rock and the RiverOnce Crazy SummerThe Cart That Carried Martin


1970s Emergence of Hip Hop

American Hip Hop Rappers DJs and Hard BeatsWhen the Beat Was Born

1916-1970 Great Migration

The Great Migration Journey to the NorthThis is the Rope

1976 Black History Month is founded by Professor Carter Woodson’s Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History.

1986 January 20 – Established by legislation in 1983, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is first celebrated as a national holiday.

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King

1995 Million Man March

One Million Men and Me

2008 Barack Obama Elected 44th President of the United States

Barack Obama elected 44th President of the United States of America. “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.” ~ Barach Obama, Victory Speech November 4, 2008

Barack Obama Groundbreaking President

To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.

WeNeedDiverseBooks LogoTo get young people engaged, one of the things they need is to see themselves in books. It is important for all of us to see ourselves in books, because that encourages us to read in a different way and encourages us to write more.” ~ Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott Founder of the African American Read-in #weneeddiversebooks

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