New York State Commission on African American History

Highlighting Over 400 Years of Contributions to Our Country and State

New York State Commission on African American History
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On March 9, 2022, Governor Hochul signed an Executive Order to create the New York State Commission on African American History.

The Commission serves to highlight contributions by Africans and African Americans to our country and to New York State. The Commission will partner with community-based organizations to bring New Yorkers together through events, cultural programming, scholarly research, and other activities that promote a greater understanding of the history and achievements of African Americans throughout the State.

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New York State Commission on African American History Final Report

The first-of-its-kind report details the Commission’s policy recommendations for investment in key areas such as education, community and economic development, arts and culture, and more. On Juneteenth, Governor Hochul announced $16 million to support the recommendations detailed in the report.

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We Want to Hear from You

Share your questions, thoughts, ideas, and solutions with the New York State Commission on African American History.

Upcoming events and meetings

Unveiling of “Beacon of Hope” Statue of Harriet Tubman

The celebration organized by Friends Group John Brown Lives!, and Lake Placid Public Library, with John Brown Farm, will include a presentation by children’s book author and illustrator team Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome.

  • Jul 05, 2024
  • 2:00 PM — 4:00 PM
  • John Brown Farm Historic Site, 115 John Brown Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946

The Commission

Members of the New York State Commission on African American History include historians with a background in African American history, arts or culture.

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What People Are Saying

Governor

Kathy Hochul

For every reminder of the pivotal role New York has played in the fight for civil rights, there is another, more painful reminder of why that fight was necessary in the first place. We must recognize and acknowledge shameful chapters in our state's past, ensure New Yorkers have a better understanding of our history, and fight racism and bigotry in all forms.

Kathy Hochul

Representative

Sean Patrick Maloney

As we celebrate the resiliency and excellence of Black America, it is critical to look back at our history honestly, even the darkest chapters, and address the legacy of racism against Black Americans as we fight for a more just nation.

Sean Patrick Maloney

State Senator

Leroy Comrie

I welcome Governor Hochul's distinguished New York State Commission on African American History appointments. When I authored the legislation establishing this Commission, I envisioned a collection of civically engaged New Yorkers passionate about uplifting African American history.

Leroy Comrie

Assemblymember

Taylor Darling

This bill is one of the most important bills I have ever had the honor to sponsor in the New York State Assembly. As we get closer to finalizing the members of the New York State Commission on African American History-we are closer to doing what is right and long overdue. African American history is American history and glossing over it will ensure that this amazing State never reaches its full potential.

Taylor Darling