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Organizing for Success

Photograph of members of the Woman’s National Baptist Convention

For centuries, African Americans have formed associations for mutual benefit and advancement. While many Black organizations emerged in response to segregation, these organizations performed their own vital work within the community, allowing African Americans to develop leadership skills, pool resources, and cultivate a sense of belonging and pride. As African Americans braided together the strands of family, community, and civic outreach, they built powerful networks that would one day be utilized for profound social change.

Prince Hall Masons

Prince Hall Freemasonry is the oldest African American Masonic organization. It aimed to foster racial uplift, mutual aid, and social justice.

Photograph of Harry A. Williamson and five fellow members of the Carthaginian Lodge no. 47

Organizing for Success: Resources

NMAAHC Collection Search

Organizations

Search the Museum’s online collection for items related to African American organizations

Daughters of I.B.P.O.E. of W. member badge. At the top is a rectangular gold-colored metal bar with a pin back.

Prince Hall Freemasonry: A Resources Guide

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress provides a guide to the numerous materials in its holdings related to Prince Hall Masons, including manuscripts, photographs, and books

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Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters Collection

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library

The Schomburg Center holds materials reflecting the activities of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (1939–1987), the union founded by A. Philip Randolph

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Jackson Ward Walking Tour Podcast

Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site

Explore the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia, a nationally important center of African American cultural and economic activity during the early 20th century

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