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Barbados’s Rum Houses Are Steeped in Island Culture — Here’s How to Explore Them

Barbados is thought to be the birthplace of rum in the 1600s, so it’s no wonder that Barbados and the spirit are intertwined. And when locals are keen to enjoy a tipple, their first stop…
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Where to Experience Afro-Colombian Culture in Colombia

There is nowhere quite like Colombia. I learned this nearly five years ago upon my first trip to the South American coastal country. Medellín was my initial introduction to the country’s stunning mountainous views and…
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Historically Black Beaches and Resort Towns to Visit in the U.S.

While most travelers may be well-versed in planning a beach vacation, some may not be aware that in the U.S., there are many historically Black beach towns that exist and flourish today — offering visitors…
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Find Beats and Black History Along America’s Music Highway

It’s not at all an exaggeration to say that the Mississippi Delta is the birthplace of American music, more specifically, the blues. If this is true, then starting a music-forward road trip in New Orleans,…
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Firsts: Explore Black History Through U.S. National and State Parks

Pristine scenery and wildlife aren’t the only reasons to visit U.S. state and national parks. Across the National Park System, you’ll find significant historical and cultural experiences available that include the contributions of African Americans….
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6 Destinations for Exploring Black Culture Around the World

Travelers have the unique opportunity to learn about diverse cultures born of the African diaspora while crisscrossing the globe. Its influence is present in almost every destination around the world. So Marriott Bonvoy Traveler checked…
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How African Traditions Shape the Foods We Love – From Spain to Brazil and Beyond

When talking about food, one has to talk about movement. Food is not static and unchanging; it is a collection of stories, people and traditions carried from one generation to the next. And African influences…
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Learn the History of Juneteenth and Where to Celebrate in the U.S.

Every year on June 19, a celebration known as Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when enslaved Africans in Galveston, Texas, learned they were free — officially marking the end of slavery in the United…
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Ghana Rising

“Akwaaba!” That friendly greeting floated over to me several times from strangers bearing wide smiles upon my arrival in Ghana’s capital city, Accra. Casually denoting “welcome,” this nuanced word actually means “you’re welcome to this…
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Touring Civil Rights History in Museums Across the U.S.

Black History Month is a time to celebrate Americana by giving tribute to the men, women and locations that are central to the civil liberties we enjoy in the present day. Black American contributions are…
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Explore the Civil Rights Trail in Montgomery, Alabama

From the Rosa Parks Museum, which sits in the very location where she refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, to the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in which Dr….
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Celebrate Nelson Mandela’s Legacy on a Mural Tour of Johannesburg

Nelson Mandela’s international activism for peace brought a spotlight to Johannesburg, and it’s still shining, thanks to murals painted at grand scale across many city walls and buildings. President Mandela, beloved for leading his country…
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Shine a Light on Portuguese History by Exploring Africa in Lisbon

When people visit Lisbon for the first time, they are taken aback by the city’s diversity, a legacy of Portugal’s deep history of exploration (and exploitation) of Africa, Asia and South America. Portugal’s roots in…
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The Soul of Savannah: Eating Well at Savannah’s Black-Owned Restaurants

After 11 years of living in New York City, food writer Nichelle Stephens was ready for a slower pace of life and cheaper rent. But her biggest fear was settling in a new city that…
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Why Charleston Is the Gateway to Gullah Culture in the United States

Throughout the Caribbean and the Americas, Maroon Societies are communities of black people, the descendants of enslaved Africans, that developed in isolation — an experience that allowed for their African customs and even language to…
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Follow in His Footsteps: 10 Places That Shaped MLK’s Civil Rights Journey

Civil Rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Celebrate his historic legacy with a trip to 10 places important to Dr. King’s life — as well to as the…
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7 Places Every Hip-Hop Fan Needs to Visit in Houston

Houston is known for Texas hospitality and finger lickin’ barbecue, but if you’re any sort of music fan, you also know the city has long left its mark on the hip-hop music scene. As the…
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Traveling to Johannesburg? Don’t Miss the Best of the Soweto Township

Outside of South Africa, the word Soweto conjures up the most powerful image of the resistance against apartheid: an 18-year-old carrying the body of a 13-year-old boy fatally shot by South African police during a…
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Modern-Day Travels with the ‘Green-Book’: The Black Travelers’ Guide to Jim Crow America

Imagine you were traveling across the country by car, but certain restaurants and hotels were off-limits to you because of your skin color. African-Americans faced this dilemma until the mid-1960s because Jim Crow laws enforced…
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‘We Shall Overcome’: Understand the Legacy on a Memphis Civil Rights Tour

Almost any step you take in Memphis can open a chapter of the city’s powerful civil rights story. At the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the narrative echoes in the sounds of integrated bands…
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Explore the Roots of Hip-Hop in New York City

Flashback to 1973 and into the rec room of a Bronx apartment building at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue. Here DJ Kool Herc and his sister Cindy threw the ultimate back-to-school party. That night DJ Kool Herc…
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La Goutte d’Or: A Guide to the Heart and Soul of African Paris

During my first real trip to France, I set out to discover the “Black” Paris, asking a tourism official if they had any information to share. Lacking anything to give me, she finally pulled out…
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How a Quilombo in Barra da Tijuca Shows Off Rio’s History, Culture and Natural Beauty

I had vowed never to make the exhausting journey again. I spent the summer of 2016 traveling two hours each way on public transportation from Rio de Janeiro’s Zona Sul to Barra’s Olympic Park, where…
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Why the National Museum of African American History and Culture is the Travelogue for a Truly American Journey

The National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall. (Photo: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC) My eye is immediately drawn to the word “travel” mixed in with a shifting collage of images on an interactive…
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‘Take the A Train’: A Guide to Harlem’s Top Museums, Restaurants and Shops

Duke Ellington debuted a timeless love letter to Harlem when he released “Take the ‘A’ Train” in 1941. The song, still widely recognized today, offers more than just a reference to the quickest way to…