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From advocacy to healthcare, these resources can direct you to helpful and informative organizations. Browse them today – you may find some information you’ve been seeking or stumble across an organization you never knew existed.

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Advocacy & Services

100 Black Men of America

Recognized as the nation's top African American led mentoring organization, the mission of 100 Black Men of America is to improve the quality of life and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans.

African American Planning Commission

The African American Planning Commission is a New York City-based nonprofit organization committed to reducing homelessness and addressing the related issues of domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, mental illness, substance abuse, shortage of affordable housing, and unemployment in the communities in which we live and serve.

American Association of Blacks in Energy

The American Association of Blacks in Energy's mission is to provide direct input into the deliberations and developments of energy policies, regulations, emerging technologies, and environmental issues.

Association of Black Psychologists

The Association of Black Pyschologists is organized to operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including but not limited to: promoting and advancing the profession of African Psychology; influencing and affecting social change; and developing programs whereby psychologists of African descent (hereafter known as Black Psychologists) can assist in solving problems of Black communities and other ethnic groups.

Black Girls Code

BGC provides young and pre-teen girls of color opportunities to learn in-demand skills in technology and computer programming at a time when they are naturally thinking about what they want to be when they grow up.

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter, Global Network is a global organization whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. It has many chapters across the country, including NYC.

BLM-NY

Black Lives Matter of Greater New York

Black Mamas Matter Alliance

Black Mamas Matter Alliance is a Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance centering Black mamas to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice.

Black Women’s Blueprint

Black Women’s Blueprint is a transnational Black feminist organization which celebrates and seizes the opportunities of the African diaspora, all while mourning the violent conditions that created it. Initially borne of the slave trade and the Middle Passage, and expanded by contemporary crisis on, and migration from, the African continent, the diaspora contains multitudes of individual testimonies which, when united, derive our true power as Black women.

Blacks in Technology

Blacks In Technology is the largest community and media organization that focuses on black women and black men in the technology industry. Through community-focused activities, events and media, Blacks In Technology (BIT) is “Stomping the Divide” by establishing a blueprint of world-class technical excellence and innovation by providing resources and guidance.

Collective Black People Movement

The mission of the Collective Black People Movement is to gather, document, and organize the skills, talents, and intelligence (education) of black people for the purpose of self-help and collective development.

Color Comm

Women of Color in Communication is an essential organization for women of color in all areas of communications including Public Relations, Corporate Communications, Advertising, Print Media, Broadcast, Digital, and more.

Information Technology Senior Management Forum

The Information Techonology Senior Management Forum's mission is to increase the representation of black professionals at senior levels in technology, to impact organizational innovation and growth. 

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

National Association of African Americans in Human Resources

The National Association of African Americans in Human Resources is an inspirational and unique career development and networking organization for Black and African American human resources practitioners that provides networking, career opportunities, educational and professional development, mentorship and coaching, and tools, tips, and resources.

National Association of Black Accountants

The National Association of Black Accountants is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for people of color in the Accounting, Finance, Consulting, Information Technology, and other related business professions.

National Association of Black Journalists

The National Association of Black Journalists was founded in 1975 and is an organization of journalists, students, and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of African-American journalists worldwide.

National Bail Out

This is a Black-led and Black-centered community-based movement aimed at ending systems of pre-trial detention and at ending mass incarceration.

National Bar Association

The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation's oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges.

National Black Chamber of Commerce

The National Black Chamber of Commerce represents 95,000 African-American–owned businesses and provides advocacy that reaches one million African-American-owned businesses. It is the largest Black business association in the world. The National Black Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African-American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity within the US and via interaction with the African Diaspora.

National Black Disability Coalition

The nation’s organization for Black people with disabilities, organizing around issues of mutual concern.

National Black Justice Coalition

NBJC is America's leading national Black LGBT civil rights organization focused on federal public policy. The mission is to end racism and homophobia. NBJC provides leadership at the intersection of national civil rights groups and LGBT organizations, advocating for the unique challenges and needs of the African American LGBT community.

National Black MBA Association

The National Black MBA Association is dedicated to developing partnerships that result in the creation of intellectual and economic wealth in the African-American community. The National Black MBA Association, which has more than 9,000 members and represents more than 300 corporate partners, operates around three cornerstones—education, employment, and leadership. To date, NBMBAA has awarded over $5 million in scholarships to deserving youth and minority students.

National Black Nurses Association

The National Black Nurses Association’s mission is to represent and provide a forum for black nurses to advocate for and implement strategies to ensure access to the highest quality of healthcare for persons of color.

National Council of Negro Women

The National Council of Negro Women is an assembly of national African-American women’s organizations and community-based sections. Founded in 1935, the NCNW’s mission is to lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities. NCNW fulfills this purpose through research, advocacy, and national and community-based services and programs on issues of health, education, and economic empowerment in the United States and Africa.

National Society of Black Engineers

The National Society of Black Engineers’ mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible African-American engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. With over 30,000 members around the world, NSBE is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States.

National Society of Black Physicists

The mission of the National Society of Black Physicists is to promote the professional well-being of African American physicists and physics students within the international scientific community and within society at large. The organization seeks to develop and support efforts to increase opportunities for African Americans in physics and to increase their numbers and the visibility of their scientific work. The organization develops activities and programs that highlight the benefits of the scientific contributions that African American physicists provide for the international community.

Organization of Black Designers

The Organization of Black Designers is a non-profit national professional association dedicated to promoting the visibility, education, empowerment, and interaction of its membership and the understanding and value that diverse design perspectives contribute to world culture and commerce.

U. S. Black Chambers, Inc.

The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. provides committed, visionary leadership and advocacy in the realization of economic empowerment. Through the creation of resources and initiatives, we support African-American Chambers of Commerce and business organizations in their work of developing and growing Black enterprises.

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Archives & Museums

African American Museum of Nassau County

The mission of the African American Museum of Nassau County is to promote understanding and appreciation of African American culture, art and tradition through education, interpretation, exhibitions, collections and programs for the enrichment of the public; with an emphasis on Long Island. The museum’s vision is to continue to be an outstanding regional resource for African American historical information and preservation.

Black Archives

Founded in 2015 by Renata Cherlise, Black Archives is a multimedia platform that brings a spotlight to the Black experience. Through an evolving visual exploration, Black Archives provides a dynamic accessibility to a Black past, present, and future.

Black Heritage Reference Center at Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center

The Center houses New York City’s largest circulating Black Heritage reading collection, serving Queens County and beyond with a comprehensive reference and circulating collection totaling approximately 40,000 volumes of material about and related to Black culture. The collection places emphasis on the study of the African-American and African diasporic experience, including those geographic areas where African Americans have lived in significant numbers, including West Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Canada, and the United States.

The Bowne House

The Bowne House is one of the oldest buildings in NYC (and the very oldest in Queens), as it was built in 1661. For Black History Month, the restored house and museum is hosting a special quilting exhibit called “On the Path to Freedom.” It will also host special tours about the history of abolition in Queens throughout the month.

Carter G. Woodson Reference Collection

Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) was an educator and philosopher, mentor to African-American scholars, and the journalist and founder of the Association of African American Life and History. He believed that it is necessary for a race to have a history or it will be made insignificant, and that the study of African-American history would make for a better society.

Evolution of Black Theater

This is a brief history of the role the arts played during slavery.

The Lewis Latimer House

Lewis Latimer was a brilliant inventor and scientist who worked with the likes of Alexander Graham Bell, Hiram S. Maxim, and Thomas Edison. He was the son of fugitive slaves and spent part of his life in Flushing from 1903 until he died in 1928. You can visit the very house which serves as a museum today, featuring historical artifacts and information about his life and home. They also have special exhibits, like the current one Race and Revolution: Home/Land which compares features of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 with the practices of Immigration Customs Enforcement today.

Louis Armstrong House Museum

Louis Armstrong was one of the most famous musicians in the world when he and his wife, Lucille, settled in their modest digs in the working-class neighborhood of Corona, Queens, in 1943. The house they resided in is now a historic site and interactive museum. Though the museum is currently closed, visitors can enjoy virtual programs and exhibits like Cultural After School Adventure and Here to Stay—both paying tribute to the trumpeter’s legacy.

The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Educational Center

This landmarked Washington Heights building has been a fixture in the community for decades. Today, 3940 Broadway is an educational and cultural center dedicated to the legacy of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz. Back in the day, it was known as the Audubon Ballroom, a theater, dance hall, and weekly meeting locale for the Organization of Afro-American Unity, founded by Malcolm X. It was here, too, that the activist was assassinated while giving a speech in 1965.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, one of The New York Public Library’s renowned research libraries, is a world-leading cultural institution devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences.

Southampton African American Museum

The Southampton African American Museum (SAAM) began in 2005 under the name The East End African American Museum and Center for Excellence. From 2005 to present it has functioned as a virtual museum hosting events, notably the Annual Southampton African American Film Festival.
SAAM is located at 245 North Sea Road in Southampton, NY. Affectionally called “The Barbershop," it was a local gathering place for area African Americans from the 1940s until its closing. In 2010, the Village Historic Preservation Board designated it as the first African American historic landmark in the Village of Southampton, New York.

The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship

This Special Presentation of the Library of Congress exhibition, The African-American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship, showcases the Library's incomparable African-American collections. The presentation was not only a highlight of what is on view in this major black history exhibition, but also a glimpse into the Library's vast African-American collections. Both include a wide array of important and rare books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings.

Weeksville Heritage Center

Weeksville Heritage Center is an historic site and cultural center in Central Brooklyn that uses education, arts and a social justice lens to preserve, document and inspire engagement with the history of Weeksville, one of the largest free Black communities in pre-Civil War America, and the Historic Hunterfly Road Houses.

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Arts, Culture & Media

Association for the Study of African Life and History

Established on September 9, 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, we are the Founders of Black History Month and carry forth the work of our founder, the Father of Black History.
We continue his legacy of speaking a fundamental truth to the world–that Africans and peoples of African descent are makers of history and co-workers in what W. E. B. Du Bois called, “The Kingdom of Culture.” ASALH’s mission is to create and disseminate knowledge about Black History, to be, in short, the nexus between the Ivory Tower and the global public. We labor in the service of Blacks and all humanity.

Black Spectrum Theatre

Located in a recreational complex within Queens’ Roy Wilkins Park, this 325-seat venue hosts stage productions, film screenings and other performing arts that bring awareness to issues at the forefront of African American, Caribbean American and African Latino communities. The venue’s commitment to inspiring the next generation of directors, performers and playwrights is evident through its enriching youth and after-school programs.

For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots

This is a PBS documentary that details the military contributions of African Americans from the Revolutionary War to the present.

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Healthcare & Research

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

This is information on choosing providers and accompanying ADAA articles on topics such as how to overcome unique obstacles and the link between racism and stress and anxiety for Black Americans.

Black AIDS Institute

BAI is working to end the Black HIV epidemic through policy, advocacy, and high quality direct HIV services.

Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective

The Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective is a collective of advocates, yoga teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, teachers, psychologists, and activists committed to the emotional/mental health and healing of Black communities.

Mental Health America: Black and African American Communities and Mental Health

Mental Health America (MHA), the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all, offers statistics, research findings, and resources about mental health within the Black and African communities.

Black Health Matters

Black Health Matters provides information about health and well-being from a service-oriented perspective–with lots of upbeat, positive solutions and tips, including: Health, Beauty, Mind & Body, Nutrition & Fitness. 

Black Men Heal

This resources offers limited and selective free mental health service opportunities for Black men.

Black Mental Health Alliance

The alliance develops, promotes and sponsors trusted culturally-relevant educational forums, trainings and referral services that support the health and well-being of Black people and vulnerable communities.

Black Mental Wellness

The mission of Black Mental Wellness is to provide access to evidence-based information and resources about mental health and behavioral health topics from a Black perspective, to highlight and increase the diversity of mental health professionals, and to decrease the mental health stigma in the Black community.

Black Women's Health Imperative

This organization advances health equity and social justice for Black women through policy, advocacy, education, research, and leadership development.

Brother, You Are on My Mind

An initiative launched by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and NIMHD to raise awareness of the mental health challenges associated with depression and stress that affect Black men and families. Website offers an online toolkit that provides Omega Psi Phi Fraternity chapters with the materials needed to educate fellow fraternity brothers and community members on depression and stress in Black men.

National Medical Association

The National Medical Association promotes the collective interests of physicians and patients of African descent. The organization is a leading force for parity in medicine, the elimination of health disparities, and the promotion of optimal health.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides a list of resources for African Americans that include national survey reports, agency and federal initiatives, and related behavioral health resources.

Sista Afya

This is an organization that provides mental wellness education, resource connection and community support for Black women.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

This provides a list of resources related to Blacks and African Americans.

The African American Planning Commission

AAPCI is a nonprofit organization committed to reducing homelessness and addressing the related issues of domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, mental illness, substance abuse, shortage of affordable housing, and unemployment in the communities in which we live and serve.

Therapy for Black Girls

Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of black women and girls.

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Legal

Lawyers of Color

The NYC Bar Association Committee on the Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers has been the proud sponsor of the city bar's diversity fellowship program since 1991. Since then, more than 300 diverse and talented first year law students from eleven NYC area law schools have been given a rare and valuable opportunity: to spend their 1L summer in a law firm, or corporate or government legal department to better them for their careers in law. Our goal is to provide first year law students from underrepresented populations the chance to spend a summer in one of New York's most exciting legal environments.

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Other

12 Places to Experience Black History in New York

AAHGS-New York

New York Chapter of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society

An Ancestry of African-Native Americans

Using government documents, author Angela Walton-Raji traced her ancestors to the slaves owned by American Indians.

Loss/Capture

Loss/Caputure is a love letter to archives, collections, and memories.

Slavery in New York

Slavery in New York, the first of two exhibitions, spans the period from the 1600s to 1827, when slavery was legally abolished in New York State. With the display of treasures from The New-York Historical Society, as well as other great repositories, it focuses on the rediscovery of the collective and personal experiences of Africans and African-Americans in New York City.

United Negro College Fund

The United Negro College Fund is the nation’s largest, oldest, most successful and most comprehensive minority higher-education assistance organization. The UNCF provides a range of support to keep academic programs strong and tuition affordable for 37 member historically African-American colleges and universities. As a result of this support, member institutions educate more than 50,000 students each year and have produced more than 430,000 graduates with the help of UNCF.

The Executive Leadership Council

It is the preeminent member organization for the development of global black leaders. The mission is to increase the number of successful black executives — both domestically and internationally — by adding value to their development, leadership, and philanthropic endeavors throughout the life-cycle of their careers thereby strengthening their companies, organizations, and communities.