African American Newspapers Forum
Plethora of Black Organizations
African American communities were filled with organizations beyond the familiar ones. And your ancestors interacted with them, became members, potentially served in leadership positions, and possibly attended state, regional, or national events.
In putting together my Building an AA Research Toolbox course for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research this year, I came across some great resources, one of the best being the book Organizing Black America: An Encyclopedia of African American Associations by Nina Mjagkij
Below are a couple items from a Black newspaper. The one on the left shows the advocacy of one such group, while the other is an example of Black enterprise.