Black History and Culture on Explore

Black Beauties With Colorful Hair Grace A Float During The Annual Bud Billiken Day Parade, 08/1973

Today, Explore is populated with a curated selection of photos celebrating Black culture, history, and photographers.

In this Explore takeover, we’re featuring archival content from institutions like the Library of Congress, the State Library and Archives of Florida, the U.S. National Archives, and more. We’re also proud to feature the work of a group of Black photographers that help make Flickr the community that it is. We curated this selection with the work of Flickr members that shouted out their work here and that responded to our call for photographers that are documenting the Black Lives Matter movement and Black culture last summer.

We hope that you’ll take the time to look through these photos and acknowledge the history, stories, and people behind them and give the photographers and institutions featured in this takeover a fave, a follow, and comments of appreciation for their work.

And if you’d like to read more about how some photographers approach documenting Black culture and the Black Lives Matter movement, we’d recommend the following stories and interviews featuring members of the Flickr community:


This Explore takeover features photography from the following institutions that serve as great resources not only during Black History Month, but throughout the entire year.

Mae Jemison

Again, this list covers just a few of the institutions and individuals that are featured in this Explore takeover and we want to acknowledge that the work of Black photographers, artists, and documenting Black history and culture continues every single day. Thank you for taking the time to appreciate these photos and the members of our community that share.

About Explore Takeovers
Explore takeovers are manually curated by the Flickr team to celebrate specific communities and themes on Flickr. In the past, we’ve done Explore takeovers to highlight photography of the Black Lives Matter movement, Polaroid Week, and Inktober. Moving forward, we aim to curate an Explore takeover on the fourth Thursday of each month. If there’s a specific theme that you’d like to see highlighted in an Explore takeover, leave us a FlickrMail here. And if you’d like to learn more about how Explore normally works, check out our recently published Explore report.