25 Feb My Super Black Bucket List
In honor of black history month and my love of travel, I’ve created a black travel bucket list featuring some very black spaces around the country.
Yup, you read that right.
I have a BLACK TRAVEL BUCKET LIST.
For those of you that want to know what exactly a black travel bucket list is, let me explain….
A “black travel bucket list” is a list of interesting places throughout the country (or world) that have significance to black history.
Many of the places that I’ve selected were not mentioned in history class (thanks modern day history). The other half of them, were a mere paragraph in the textbooks.
Thankfully, travel and research have expanded my horizons. Through my travels, I’ve gained an understanding of my own culture in relation to the world around me.
Traveling (paired with my research) has taught me much more than history class ever did.
**It may be because I slept through most of it. I found it difficult to pay attention in history class because I only saw myself twice in the textbooks: oppressed and oppressed.
1: my people were slaves
2: my people were second class citizens fighting for a chance (oh, wait… the struggle is still real)
And both left me sad, ashamed, and wishing that we could learn something else.
Today, I’d consider myself a junior history buff. I love learning about American history (& herstory) especially as it relates to my travels. I especially love learning about black culture and black history.
Some of the places that fill up my bucket list include:
Motown in Detroit, MI
Motown also known as Hitsville, USA was once a mecca for black music. In the 1960s, Motown was one of the most successful music labels. Creating its own distinct style of soul music with a distinct pop influence, Motown paved the way for black musicians then and now.
Greenville in Tulsa, OK
Most people call it “Black Wall Street”, but doing so is a disservice to this once prosperous community. In the early 1900s, Greenville was a prosperous community for African Americans and was home to some of the most prosperous black businessmen.
Oak Bluffs, MA
Oak Bluffs is to black people what the Hamptons are to white people. The charming small town located on the island of Martha’s Vineyard has been a popular summer getaway for African American elite for more than 100 years. Here, vacationers can enjoy peace and relaxation from the busyness of their everyday lives.
This goes without saying. The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC is an absolute must. I won’t even go into details about why this one is important- it just is. (translation: just go). However, I will say that this is a place that you may need to visit more than once.
Fort Mose in Florida is known as the first black free settlement in North America. More than a century before the Emancipation Proclamation was signed to free the slaves, slaves from the British colonies were able to follow the Underground Railroad south (yes, I said south) to the Spanish colony Fort Mose of Florida where they were freed if they declared their allegiance to the King of Spain and joined the Catholic Church.
Langston Hughes House in Harlem, NY
Harriet Tubman House in Auburn, NY
Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Cincinnati, OH
Martin Luther King was one of the most influential people in US History. As one of the great leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King was instrumental in advocating for the rights of African Americans. In Atlanta, you can visit the places where King lived, worked, preached, and was buried.
Weeksville in Brooklyn
Weeksville, named after the founder James Weeks, was one of the second largest independent African American communities in America during the pre-Civil War era and the only community to evolve into a major American city post-Civil War.
Weeksville covered seven blocks in New York and was a model of African American entrepreneurial success, political freedom and creativity. Its residents participated in every major national effort against slavery and for equal rights for free people of color, including the black convention movement, voting rights campaigns, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, resistance to the Draft Riots in New York City; Freedman’s schools and African nationalism.
And this one isn’t an actual place, however, I’d love to go on the Black Panther Tour.
The Black Panthers Walking Tour in Oakland (hosted by Detour)
The Black Panther Party for Self Defense changed the world with its militant expression of Black Pride and empowerment. The Detour tour (via the app) will walk you through Oakland where you can visit the place where the movement all began.
Do you have a black travel bucket list or a cultural bucket list? I’d love to hear about it!