Here’s A Way To Google Black History Like Never Before

In recognition of Black History Month, the Google Cultural Institute is providing a unique virtual experience to better explore and pay tribute to black history.

On Monday, the online institute, which boasts an impressive collection of digital artwork contributed by museums, will release more than 4,000 new items that document different moments throughout the history of black America.

The new experience will come with over 80 exhibits and three expeditions — immersive virtual reality journeys to cultural hubs like the jazz scene in New Orleans. Street views will virtually transport users to culturally significant locations across the country like the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, and the Museum of African American History in New England.

Meanwhile, new digital artifacts include historically relevant items like the original manuscripts of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” and “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speeches, as well as photographs of King’s first handshake at the White House with President Lyndon B. Johnson on the day the Voting Rights Act was signed into law in 1965. 

Historical institutes like the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater contributed to the collection by digitizing portions of their archives. One exhibit pays tribute to masterminds like Ailey and Martha Graham, who played an important role in the journey of black dancers and helped to highlight their work in contemporary dance. 

Also among the artifacts is a letter Fredrick Douglass wrote to his slave master in 1857. “I love you but I hate slavery,” Douglass wrote, going on to explain why he felt the need to stay in touch with his former master even after he escaped. 

These new additions document critical moments of black history in interactive and innovative methods. They provide us with unprecedented new ways to help ensure these important moments and markers of history are not forgotten — not only in February, but year-round.

“Everyone should have access to history; everyone should be able to follow it, learn from it, explore it and revel in it,” Lonnie G. Bunch, founding director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, told The Huffington Post.

Bunch said the better we’re able to understand our past, the better we’ll be able to work towards a brighter future. “This is something worth celebrating,” she said. 

Check out Google’s Cultural Institute to learn more. 

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Coffee is one of the most popular drinks worldwide, with countless cups of the dark, alluring elixir brewed up each day. And, lucky for those coffee-guzzlers out there, mounting data suggest it’s good for you; moderate coffee drinking has been linked to lowered risk of cardiovascular disease, liver diseases, diabetes, and an overall lowered risk of dying too soon.

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