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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.

Welcome to the official website of the documentary film THE AFRICAN AMERICAN MIDWEST: A 500 Year Fight for Freedom
How the Midwest became the Heartland of the fight for racial justice

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Violence Against Black Trans/GNC Individuals
This map documents forty-one murders of of Black trans+ individuals in the Midwest between 1996–2022

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The Black Midwest state-by-state…

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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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