Writing a New History in Black, White and In Color explores how African American artists, philosophers, politicians, scientists, historians, activists, and entrepreneurs have played an integral part in the history of the United States. However, the contributions of African Americans have never been adequately interwoven into American history, and there are some who want to distort or even erase what little history is taught.

Thanks to the ongoing efforts of the 400 Years of African American History Commissioners and others, there is a growing movement to lift up, communicate and celebrate the realities of the history of a people whose contributions helped give birth and shape one of the most powerful nations in the world. As Commissioner Dr. Joseph Green says, “Black people weren’t slaves, that wasn’t our identity. We were a people that were enslaved. So when you look at it from that perspective, you understand that we have a rich history whether it be from Africa or from this continent.”