A History of African American Music

A History of African American Music

Trace the development of African American musical styles and learn about the pioneers who helped define some of this country’s most prominent artistic expressions. From the music of aspiration and tribulation created during the time of slavery to today’s popular styles, the groundbreaking contributions of African Americans to our nation’s soundtrack are vital and ongoing.

At each stop on this musical journey, you can learn about various genres with texts by Dr. Portia K. Maulsby, view photos and historical images, listen to audio clips, and bring the history of African American music to life.

View the interactive music project

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