Welcome to The Black Names Project!

... a community that celebrates African-American names and invites people of all races to become Advocates for Racial Justice.

The Black Names Project: Celebrating African-American Names is a gathering place that celebrates the people who carry the proud traditions of Africa and Africa-America. It is a community that heralds the richness in the diversity of the names and of the stories and people behind the names. It is a voice that proclaims the uniqueness and importance of each individual whose name appears on this website. It is a repository, where given names from everyday, twenty-first-century people cross paths with historical and famous names. It is a place where names touch and connect over the centuries and through years of struggle and accomplishment. And The Black Names Project is so much more.... [Learn more about the project...]

The Black Names Project is a living, growing website—a work in progress.

The author populated this website with names that first appeared in a printed book more than 20 years ago (see The Original Book) . Every entry is the name of a person whose ancestry includes people from Africa. Now the author is adding new names as she receives them from people of African descent. The author is also populating this website with mini-biographies of historical and famous people from the African-American community and is updating the bios from the original book.

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