Dr. Quintard Taylor writes:
On February 1, 2007 BlackPast.org was launched here in Seattle by a handful of volunteers. Our goal was to harness the technology of the Internet to bring African American history free and without restrictions to a global audience. We started with a dozen volunteer content contributors, half a dozen volunteer staff, and initially about 100 pages of information. Today BlackPast.org has 13,000 pages including over 4,000 original entries written by more than 700 volunteer contributors from six continents. Over the past ten years just under 20 million people from 200 nations have used its resources. BlackPast.org remains the largest website on African American and global African history on the Internet today. None of this would have been possible without your contributions of entries and articles. Thank you.
Thanks to a new partnership between BlackPast.org and Amazon.com, that audience will grow. To honor Black History Month a group of Amazon employees have put African American history facts on Echo, Dot, and Tap, Amazon’s smart devices. One can say “Alexa, give black history facts,” and these devices will provide one sentence descriptions for about 100 people. All the information comes credited from the files of BlackPast.org. We believe they will continue to provide this information after February 28 and we hope they will expand the number and range of entries from the website.
Finally, BlackPast.org is having a 10th Anniversary Celebration here in Seattle on March 11. You will see the generic invitation below. For those of you in Washington and Oregon, please attend. For those outside our area, wish us well and if you can afford it, please send a donation. Again, none of this would have been possible without you. Your work has made BlackPast.org an amazing success.
Come dine and celebrate in support of the largest Black History web site on the internet.
Saturday, March 11, 2017, 6:00 p.m. at Washington Hall, Seattle, WA.
A limited amount of tickets are available right now at Brown Paper Tickets.
4616 25th Ave
Seattle, WA 98105