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How to Write For is a “crowd sourced” online encyclopedia on African American history and the history of people of African ancestry outside the United States.  Its success is built on a network of more than 700 volunteer contributors from six continents.  We seek qualified writers to contribute content including entries and occasionally Perspectives articles.  If you are interested in becoming a contributor and writing entries on people, places, and events of mutual interest to you and, or if you would like to help by writing on terms from the existing backlog of potential entries, we would be glad to work with you.  All articles are vetted for historical accuracy and copyedited before they appear. reserves the right to refuse any submitted entry that does not meet its standards for accuracy and objectivity. does not accept unsolicited entries or articles.

Our contributors are in three broad categories: academic historians, those who hold a faculty appointment in a two or four year college or a university; student historians, those who are currently students in a two or four year college or university; and independent historians, those who are at least 18 years of age and who have good research and writing skills.

Listed below are PDF files and other information which provide the specific criteria for entries and articles or which point to the resources which can lay the foundation for your research.


Encyclopedia Entry Guidelines (PDF)

Your encyclopedia entry should be in Word format and should look exactly like the one linked below (Edwin Garrison Walker) when it is submitted:

Edwin Garrison Walker  (PDF)


Perspective Article Guidelines (PDF)

Your Perspectives article entry should be in Word format and should look exactly like the one linked below (Southern Negro Youth Congress) when it is submitted:

Southern Negro Youth Congress (PDF)


Every contributor, whether of entries or articles, should send in a bio (about 200 words) and a photo as a jpeg.  Both the bio and photo should be submitted long before you send in your entry or article.  Use the examples below as guides:

A Model Contributor biography (Bernadette Pruitt) (PDF)

A Model Contributor photo (Allison Blakely) (JPG)


Other Resources: 

Possible sources for encyclopedia entries.

Possible sources for Perspectives articles

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We invite you to help expand by adding your contribution to the rich and diverse array of information that is African American and Global African history.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer contributor to please contact us at blackpast [at] blackpast [dot] org.


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