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Columbia University Celebrates Black History Month

Columbia has a wealth of online resources detailing the breadth of the African American experience. Learn more about some of the great Columbians who have played key roles in our local and national history.

Did You Know?

Who is the physician the American Chemical Society calls "one of the most important scientists of the 20th century?"

This judge won nine of the 10 cases she argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and helped write the legal brief for the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case.

Who is the engineer who became the first African American woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company?

This scholar-athlete taught Latin and played professional football to pay his way through Columbia Law School, before going on to become a great orator and actor.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Watch Columbia Professor of Architecture Mabel O. Wilson, author of Begin with the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture, discuss the design of the museum.
The African American Experience

A number of faculty and interdisciplinary centers at Columbia are engaged in research that chronicles and illuminates this important part of American history and culture.

The Institute for Research in African-American Studies is as an academic resource center that bridges scholarship, teaching, and public life.

Columbia Rare Book & Manuscripts Library houses the scrapbooks and archives of amateur historian Alexander Gumby.

An interactive timeline of Columbia Law School's many connections to the Civil Rights movement

A wealth of archival treasures and scholarship about the history of one of the world's most famous and influential neighborhoods

Download K-12 lesson plans with rare and iconic photographs, audio recordings, interviews, and key themes and events in African American history.

Columbia's Center for Jazz Studies provides new models for innovative teaching and scholarly inquiry in the arts, humanities and sciences. 

News & Events

February 28, 2017

Racial Justice Litigation Workshop

This workshop will give students exposure to litigation on cutting-edge issues in racial justice—voting rights, police violence, privatization of parole, criminal justice debt, access to clean water, ending mass incarceration, and decriminalization of sex work.