The African American Experience Fund

The African American Experience Fund AAEF is dedicated to telling the historical stories of African Americans within the National Park System. http://www.aaexperience.org From the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, the Maggie L.
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Walker House, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, and other sites. Educational disciplines from history, science, health and literature to environmental issues, music and business abound at these sites. AAEF has provided more than $1.3 million in grant support for projects and programs at national parks and historic sites that commemorate African American history.

Are you a social media superstar? Want to learn more about our national parks and the stories found within them?Apply to...
07/23/2015
3 Reasons Our 2015 Expedition Is Really Exciting

Are you a social media superstar? Want to learn more about our national parks and the stories found within them?

Apply today for NPF's Find Your Park Expedition (#FYPx) and be a part of the adventure!

The truth is that there are many more than three reasons, but these will give you a glimpse into why the National Park Foundation’s 2015 Find Your Park Expedition is such an incredible program.

Are you near Los Angeles, CA or Washington, DC?The #FindYourPark Virtual View Tour will be at El Pueblo de Los Ángeles H...
04/08/2015
America's National Parks Visit El Pueblo

Are you near Los Angeles, CA or Washington, DC?

The #FindYourPark Virtual View Tour will be at El Pueblo de Los Ángeles Historical Monument tomorrow and Friday and at National Mall and Memorial Parks April 16-17!

The Find Your Park Virtual View Tour hits the road, and you're invited.

03/30/2015
National Park Foundation

It's official: The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation have launched #FindYourPark. This fantastic campaign celebrates the beautifully diverse and historic places found within our national parks and looks to find our country's next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates.

So what are you waiting for? Get up, get out and Find Your Park!

We are thrilled to launch #FindYourPark today with the National Park Service. We invite all of YOU to be a part of this incredible movement celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service!

Get the inside scoop: http://prks.org/1F9voQq

03/22/2015
Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

Beginning with a mass meeting at Brown Chapel AME, the participants in the walking classroom heard the words and raised their voices in song together with those who braved crossing the Edmund Pettus bridge and continued on to Montgomery 50 years before them.

Share some moments from yesterday in this video recap of the first day of programs.

#March4Rights

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
03/10/2015

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

Happy #InternationalWomensDay!

Mary McLeod Bethune's activism to end inequality and discrimination for women of color extended far beyond US border. She was an advocate for women all around the world! To this day, Bethune's NCNW has chapters in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. #MakeItHappen

In the photo below, Mary McLeod Bethune stands with her NCNW "daughters" at the dedication of her new headquarters at 1318 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC. Flags from countries around the world were proudly displayed in Bethune's parlor.
Photo credit: National Archives for Black Women's History, National Park Service.

Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail
03/09/2015

Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

#HappeningNow: President Obama speaks from the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail during the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

Great news, in case you missed it! A great opportunity to learn more about the events of 1965 and how they helped change...
02/10/2015
50th Anniversary: Walking Classroom - Selma To Montgomery National Historic Trail

Great news, in case you missed it! A great opportunity to learn more about the events of 1965 and how they helped change the course of civil rights in our country forever.

This week-long "Walking Classroom" (54 miles from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama) will be a memorable, life- changing, experience for participants.

Happy birthday to one of our foremost leaders, Ms. Rosa Parks. We celebrate your strength and courage today.
02/04/2015

Happy birthday to one of our foremost leaders, Ms. Rosa Parks. We celebrate your strength and courage today.

Happy 102nd birthday to civil rights activist Rosa Parks! Take some time today to learn how the National Park Service honors and commemorates contributions African Americans have made to our shared history. http://prks.org/1CvepJM. #BlackHistoryMonth #AAHM

[Photo: NPS]

Congratulations to Dr. Joy G. Kinard who was selected as the first Superintendent of the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers ...
02/03/2015

Congratulations to Dr. Joy G. Kinard who was selected as the first Superintendent of the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Wilberforce, Ohio.

"I am extremely honored to have been entrusted with the awesome responsibility of leading the stewardship efforts for Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument and I cannot wait to begin working with the incredible partners and community to create the next generation of stewards and supporters of this special place."

Join us in congratulating Dr. Kinard on this fantastic achievement and for her work in preserving the important stories of our country's history. Read more about this announcement at NPS.gov here: [http://prks.org/1x8vVeJ]

[Photo Credit: National Park Service]

You may have seen some of the great National Parks-inspired Valentine’s Day ideas from the National Park Foundation this...
01/27/2015

You may have seen some of the great National Parks-inspired Valentine’s Day ideas from the National Park Foundation this week [http://prks.org/1BQZ8m3].

Well now you can add one more adventure to the list! On February 13-14 the National Park Service will celebrate the 197th birthday of Frederick Douglass, with special programs and activities at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and partnering locations throughout the historic Anacostia neighborhood.

Take a trip through history and revisit the story of one of our nation’s foremost civil rights leaders and pioneers. And the best part? All of the weekend’s programs and activities are free and open to the public.

Learn more about this great event here [http://prks.org/1tl4Ae6]

[Photo Credit: National Park Service]

SEEKING: The National Park Service is looking for young people (ages 18 - 25) to march at Selma to Montgomery National H...
01/22/2015

SEEKING: The National Park Service is looking for young people (ages 18 - 25) to march at Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in a "Walking Classroom" event!

From March 20-25, 150 young people will participate in a week-long educational “walking classroom” that will focus on the right to march, the responsibility of all Americans to participate fully in the democratic process, and how the Selma To Montgomery March, its events and people led to the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

And the deadline for application for this opportunity has now been extended to January 30. Don't miss out and visit http://www.nps.gov/semo/ to apply!

[Photo Credit: NPS / Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail]

Love seeing all these world-travelers share their stories!
01/09/2015
Ten Awesome Narrative Travel Bloggers of Color To Read in 2015

Love seeing all these world-travelers share their stories!

Ten Awesome Narrative Travel Bloggers of Color To Read in 2015 January 5, 2015 by Admin Leave a Comment On our way home from our six month honeymoon in India back in 2007, we paid $1000 in excess baggage fees for very few clothes, but anvil weighted books: hard to find travel essays, and fiction onl…

Check out this fantastic article from The Daily Beast on the growing numbers of African American globetrotters that (unt...
01/06/2015
‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement

Check out this fantastic article from The Daily Beast on the growing numbers of African American globetrotters that (until now) have been overlooked and gone untapped by the travel industry.

Special mentions to the online communities helping to grow this movement: Nomadness Travel Tribe and Travel Noire!

"[It's] not only shifting perceptions on black travel —it’s changing lives."

http://prks.org/1DutZCK

Young, hip, urban millennials are using tools like Instagram to become one of the fastest growing travel markets.

Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site
12/19/2014

Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site

Today is the day...

During the dawning decades of the twentieth century, it was widely presumed that people of African descent had little history besides the subjugation of slavery. Today, it is evident that African Americans have significantly impacted the development of the social, political, and economic structures of the United States—and the world. Credit for the evolving awareness of the true place of blacks in history can, in large part, be bestowed on one man, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson.

Known as the “Father of Black History,” Woodson, whose parents had been enslaved, understood how important gaining a proper education was, all the while striving to secure and make the most out of one’s divine right of freedom. Although he did not begin his formal education until he was 20 years old, his dedication to study enabled him to earn a high school diploma, and later bachelor and master’s degrees in just the span of a few years. In 1912, Woodson became the second African American to earn a PhD from Harvard University and the first and only of slave parentage.

He recognized the dearth of information as it related to the significant accomplishments of blacks, and in 1915, Dr. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Inc. now called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc. (ASALH). Under his pioneering leadership, ASALH created research and publication outlets for black scholars with the establishment of the Journal of Negro History and the Negro History Bulletin. In 1926, Dr. Woodson initiated the celebration of Negro History Week, which corresponded with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, this celebration was expanded to include the entire month of February, and today Black History Month garners support throughout the country as people of all ethnic and social backgrounds discuss the black experience. The National Park Service views the promotion of Black History Month as one of the most important components of advancing this great man’s legacy.

So today, we remember and honor the life and work of Dr. Carter G. Woodson. We at the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site encourage everyone to carry the torch that Dr. Woodson and countless others before and after him carried, higher, and higher, and higher! Join us tonight at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington, D.C., located at 1500 9th Street, N.W., from 6 - 8 p.m. as we celebrate Dr. Woodson.

We hope to see you there!!!!!! #HBD #CarterGWoodson #NPS #ASALH #BlackHistory

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, photographed by Scurlock Studios, Washington, D.C., 1915
Photo credit: Scurlock Studio Records Archives Center, NMAH, Smithsonian Institution.

A big congratulations to one of our Trustees at the African American Experience Fund— Mr. Robert Stanton — on his appoin...
11/11/2014

A big congratulations to one of our Trustees at the African American Experience Fund— Mr. Robert Stanton — on his appointment to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

On October 30th President Obama appointed Mr. Stanton — the first African American Director of the National Park Service — to the Council as a result of his continued work in preserving and promoting our nation’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.

We are thrilled to share this announcement with you all and wish Mr. Stanton all the best in his new position!

Don't forget! Be sure to get out there and celebrate our national parks!
09/26/2014
Celebrating National Public Lands Day in National Parks!

Don't forget! Be sure to get out there and celebrate our national parks!

The second-to-last fee-free day of 2014 is upon us! On Saturday, September 27, all national parks will waive their entrance fees to welcome visitors for National Public Lands Day! Be a part of the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort and give back to the places that give us so much by lendin…

If you’re in the Hilton Head area this October, be sure to check out the upcoming full-day symposium entitled, “Life Bef...
09/05/2014
lifebeforemitchelville - Mitchelville

If you’re in the Hilton Head area this October, be sure to check out the upcoming full-day symposium entitled, “Life Before Mitchelville” presented by the Mitchelville Preservation Project.

On Saturday October 11th from 9:00AM – 2:30PM you’ll be able to hear from featured speakers and enjoy a concert from the Benedict College Gospel Choir and Lavon Stevens – all while learning more about America’s first post-Civil War settlement for freed slaves.

The event is $75.00 per person or $700.00 for a table of ten.

You can learn more about this event online here: http://prks.org/1xkH7Lb

Wishing a very Happy Birthday to our friends at the National Park Service today!
08/25/2014

Wishing a very Happy Birthday to our friends at the National Park Service today!

Help us wish the National Park Service a happy 98th by signing the birthday card at: http://prks.org/16cD53X.

Congratulations to AAEF site Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site for being one of the recipients of the N...
08/18/2014

Congratulations to AAEF site Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site for being one of the recipients of the National Park Foundation's Ticket to Ride grant program.

Now in its third year, this program provides the much-needed funds to make national park field trips possible for schools across the country. In 2014, NPF awarded $474,140 in grants to 65 national parks!

Students will rediscover Freedom's Pathway in Topeka, Kansas by experiencing the Underground Railroad at the historic Ritchie House, learning about Bleeding Kansas and the legislative process at the Kansas State Capitol, and exploring how segregation in America was demolished at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

Learn more about Ticket to Ride here: http://prks.org/Rwbx9e

[Photo Credit: National Park Service]

The staff of George Washington Carver National Monument invites you to mark your calendar for Prairie Day: Saturday, Sep...
08/14/2014

The staff of George Washington Carver National Monument invites you to mark your calendar for Prairie Day: Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

This FREE event celebrates Carver’s childhood environment through storytelling, music, living history and exhibits. Activities will include a quilting bee, edible and medicinal plants, food preservation, Civil War field medicine, banjo making, prairie ecology and more!

If you are in the Missouri area – don’t miss out!

For more information on Prairie day, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/gwca or send an email to [email protected]

[Photo Credit: National Park Service]

A fascinating new oral history project from Missouri State University is taking shape thanks to a grant from the Nationa...
07/30/2014
MSU project to tell more stories of Route 66

A fascinating new oral history project from Missouri State University is taking shape thanks to a grant from the National Park Service.

Researchers will look to uncover and tell the under-told stories of African-Americans, and other minority groups, in the Ozarks and their experience with Route 66.

Learn more about this unique project and the iconic Route here: http://prks.org/1zuPBxc

[Photo Credit: The Lederer Collection, Missouri State University)

Researchers take on project to tell stories of African-Americans on historic route

If you are ever by the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, be sure to drop in for the Saturday series, “Cottage Co...
07/22/2014

If you are ever by the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, be sure to drop in for the Saturday series, “Cottage Conversations”.

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the conversations will focus on Education and Criminal Justice with facilitators leading discussions about these important issues of the 21st Century.

Sponsored by the National Park Service and the Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center at Val-Kill, you can register for these free programs online here: http://prks.org/1r2fvDF.

[Photo Credit: Susan Dobler / National Park Service]

National Park Foundation
07/14/2014

National Park Foundation

Do you know the story of Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, one of our The African American Experience Fund parks? In July of 1944, the largest U.S. mainland explosion of World War II destroyed the Navy’s Port Chicago Magazine, instantly killing 320 people including 202 African American sailors working in a segregated munitions loading crew. On Thurs., July 17 & Sat., July 19, the National Park Service and the Friends of Port Chicago National Memorial will host events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Port Chicago disaster, its historical significance, and its impact on African American history and the U.S. Armed Services. Visit http://prks.org/1n3BQCk for more information on the upcoming events.

To learn more about this national park, check out http://prks.org/1jJxf7U.

[National Park Service, Luther Bailey]

This Saturday, July 12, 2014 the George Washington Carver National Monument will be celebrating the park’s 71st Carver D...
07/11/2014

This Saturday, July 12, 2014 the George Washington Carver National Monument will be celebrating the park’s 71st Carver Day from 10AM – 3PM.

Anyone is free to attend this fantastic annual event that commemorates the life of George Washington Carver and the establishment of this national monument in his honor! Be sure to swing by if you are in the area!

Learn more about this event contact the park directly or visit www.nps.gov/gwca

[Photo Credit: National Park Service]

A truly historic moment: The U.S. Senate voted unanimously Wednesday night to establish a national historical park at Ha...
07/10/2014

A truly historic moment: The U.S. Senate voted unanimously Wednesday night to establish a national historical park at Harriet Tubman's former home in Auburn, NY.

With just the House left to vote, this could mark the first time in U.S. history that a national park was established in honor of an African-American woman.

Read more about what could be a historic milestone in American history here: http://prks.org/1mDgLNr

[Photo Credit: National Park Service]

National Park Foundation
07/03/2014

National Park Foundation

This week we honor the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. In this photo, President Lyndon B. Johnson is signing the bill into law surrounded by Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Height, Roy Wilkins, John Lewis, and other civil rights leaders. #ThrowbackThursday

Visit http://prks.org/1mXctRm to learn more about this major milestone.

[Photo: Cecil Stoughton, White House Press Office]

One of our favorite bloggers - @BrownGirlsFly - recently did a piece on their experience retracing the steps of the Buff...
07/01/2014

One of our favorite bloggers - @BrownGirlsFly - recently did a piece on their experience retracing the steps of the Buffalo Soldiers to Yosemite National Park as part of the African American National Parks Event. Read all about it here: http://prks.org/UJsJLy

If @BrownGirlsFly sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because the duo behind it took part in the American Latino Heritage Fund's American Latino Expedition in 2103. You can read up on who they are and their experiences as #TravelistasinNature at Olympic National Park here: http://prks.org/VCOFsi

And if you're interested, check out all of the action on this year's Expedition by following the hashtag #ALEx14 and by visiting our page [www.alhf.org/alex] throughout the summer!

[Photo Credit: @BrownGirlsFly]

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