ArtMakers have produced creative work in the areas of visual art, graphic art and design, photography, architecture, culinary arts, creative writing and poetry, spoken word performance, documentary film, dance and theater. Administrators and directors of creative productions and programming, such as art consultants, literary agents, and stage production managers, will also be found in this category.
BusinessMakers have been recognized for their accomplishments in leading, managing, and developing the business operations of corporations and financial organizations. Small business owners, entrepreneurs, corporate officers and executives, and business, management, and financial consultants are also included in this category as are those serving on corporate boards.
CivicMakers have contributed substantially to their communities either by working for local governments, leading nonprofit organizations, or through activism and other forms of civic leadership and engagement. HistoryMakers in this category include civil rights activists, community volunteers, civil service workers, firefighters, social workers, and nonprofit leaders and emloyees, among many others.
EducationMakers include teachers, professors, education administrators, and education consultants, as well as museum and library professionals and historians. These HistoryMakers have each spent a significant portion of their careers advancing educational philosophies, teaching, advising, and mentoring students, breaking new ground in developing curricula, or sharing information through programming and exhibits.
EntertainmentMakers are known and celebrated for their work in film and television. Actors, directors, producers, as well as comedians, talent agents, and scriptwriters and screenwriters are categorized as EntertainmentMakers in addition to those who otherwise play a role in the entertainment industry.
LawMakers have made significant and influential contributions to the legal field and include lawyers working in the public interest, for the government, and in the corporate realm. Judges, hearing officers, law professors, and deans of law schools are also included in this category.
MediaMakers are involved in publishing and broadcasting, and include, but are not limited to, reporters, news anchors, bloggers, television producers, radio station managers, and magazine publishing executives. These are HistoryMakers recognized for the innovative programming and important coverage they provide in print and both on the radio and on television.
MedicalMakers have dedicated their professional lives to addressing and improving healthcare, from internal medicine and dentistry to public health and medical research. MedicalMakers include pediatricians, surgeons, psychiatrists, hospital administrators, and clinic founders, among others.
MilitaryMakers have taken on the responsibility of defending and providing security to our country through their military service. Examples of MilitaryMakers include Tuskegee Airmen, high-ranking armed services officials, and military technicians.
MusicMakers compose, perform, and promote music ranging from country to classical to doo wop and include lyricists, music executives, pianists, and orchestra conductors, among others.
PoliticalMakers have run for elected office or have been appointed to positions in city, county, state, or federal government. These are HistoryMakers who have made accomplishments that impact the workings of government, and include mayors, ambassadors, and members of congress, as well as political advisors and consultants.
ReligionMakers have provided spiritual leadership at both local and national levels. Pastors, theologians, and chaplains are all examples of ReligionMakers.
StyleMakers include HistoryMakers who have promoted, designed, or otherwise contributed innovations to the fields of fashion, beauty, and personal care. Fashion show managers, tailors, hairstylists, salon owners, and personal care entrepreneurs are all examples of StyleMakers.
SportsMakers have demonstrated outstanding athleticism, competitive skills, and focused dedication to sportsmanship and include coaches and sports officials, chess players, and athletes, in addition to a wide range of other competitors.
The HistoryMakers Digital Archive is an easy-to-use online database of thousands of African Americans from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. Unlike other primary source resources, The HistoryMakers Digital Archive provides high-quality video content, fully searchable transcripts, and unique content from individuals whose life stories would have been lost were it not for The HistoryMakers. Get access for as little as $300 per year.
The ScienceMakers Digital Archive: Sponsored in part by the National Science Foundation, this collection contains 211 life oral history interviews with the nation's top African American scientists. Representing the fields of science, technology, and mathematics, the interviews in this collection are available free of charge.