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The Midwest

is an epicenter in the fight for racial justice. It has been for centuries. It is one of American history’s most amazing, important, yet overlooked stories — until now.

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THE AFRICAN AMERICAN MIDWEST: A 500 Year Fight for Freedom is being developed by leading scholars of the African American Midwest, Midwest public television broadcasters, filmmakers, and production partners.
The Latest

DR. CRYSTAL MOTEN

African American Women’s Fight for Economic Justice in the Midwest & Milwaukee
BLACK PIONEERS & BUFFALO SOLDIERS
The story of Nicodemus, Kansas, America’s most famous and last-surviving African American frontier farming community.
THE 1539 PROJECT: WHY BLACK MIDWEST HISTORY MATTERS Producers Christy Clark-Pujara, Erik McDuffie, Ashley Howard on the overlooked history of slavery in the Midwest
Play Video about black union soldiers lined up to pose for photo

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN MIDWEST: A 500 Year Fight for Freedom
Documentary Film in development

explore the history
THE EARLY BLACK MIDWEST

Slavery, Freedom, Inequality, & Resistance

MIGRATIONS

Pioneers to the Great Migration

RACISM

Racial Violence & Midwest Jim Crow

CULTURE

Music, Sports, Literature

RACIAL JUSTICE & CIVIL RIGHTS

The Midwest Freedom Movement

POWER

Politics, Workers, Business, Media

Resources

Explore the history of the Midwest through interactive maps​

Listen to our latest Podcast featuring The story of John P. Parker​

View our interviews with scholars, artists and education experts

View our films including the Ida B. Wells: A Chicago Stories Special

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