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Lauren is a Mexico City–based writer, editor, and translator from Yorkshire with bylines at CNN, BBC Travel, and Al Jazeera. She’s currently working on her first full-length literary translation in between harassing her cat, drinking smuggled Yorkshire Tea, and blogging about Latin American literature at leyendolatam.com.

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Black history and culture are among the bedrocks of modern-day American life. From the civil rights movement and soul food to hip-hop and gospel music, there's a lot to love and learn about in equal measure. With that in mind, here are 10 of the top-rated Black history and cultural tours across major US cities.

1. Learn about the Civil Rights Movement in Harlem, New York City

Step back in time and learn about a key period in Harlem’s history on this walking tour of the neighborhood, led by a longtime Harlem resident. Follow in the footsteps of former neighborhood residents such as Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell Jr., as you learn all about Harlem’s role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s.


Harlem Civil Rights Multimedia Walking Tour

Harlem Civil Rights Multimedia Walking Tour

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Step back in time, and learn about a key period in Harlem’s history, when you embark on this walking tour of the neighborhood. Meet your guide, a longtime Harlem resident, and set off. You’ll be following in the footsteps of former neighborhood residents like Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell Jr., and will learn all about Harlem’s role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s. Your guide will also share videos, photos, and other multimedia pieces of history as you explore.
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  • 2 hours
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  • Free Cancellation
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2. Get to grips with Atlanta's Black legacy

What better place to delve into Black heritage than the home of the Civil Rights Movement? Showcasing historic sites and historic Black neighborhoods such as Summerhill, The West End, Downtown Atlanta, and the Historic Sweet Auburn Ave District this 4-hour tour will immerse you in Black culture and arts.


Atlanta's Black History and Civil Rights Tour

Atlanta's Black History and Civil Rights Tour

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Atlanta is known as 'the Black Mecca' for its wealth of African-American culture and history—and this half-day, small-group tour offers a comprehensive introduction to the city's key neighborhoods, landmarks, and more. Pick between morning and afternoon tour times, meet your guide in Downtown Atlanta, and travel in an air-conditioned vehicle. You'll see neighborhoods like Sweet Auburn, will visit local Civil Rights landmarks, will immerse yourself in Black arts and culture, and more.
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  • 4 hours
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3. Take a Black history tour of Philadelphia

Learn about Black history during the colonial period, the role that Black Americans played in the founding of the nation, and visit landmarks including the President’s House, Congo Square, and Bishop White’s house on this Black history tour of Philadelphia.


The Black Journey: An African-American History Walking Tour of Philadelphia

The Black Journey: An African-American History Walking Tour of Philadelphia

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Uncover Philadelphia’s dynamic African-American heritage during this Black history-focused walking tour. Learn about the lives of enslaved people, including the daring escape of Martha Washington’s handmaid, and the Black pastor who founded African Methodist Episcopal Church. You’ll cover the city’s top attractions along the way, including the Liberty Bell and Congress Hall.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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4. Take a hip-hop tour of Harlem, New York

Hip-hop music began in New York City, and there’s no better way to explore this iconic genre than on an insider’s tour of Harlem led by a hip-hop historian. This exclusive experience takes you on an interactive musical journey to hotspots including Harlem jazz clubs, the Apollo Theater, and the Graffiti Wall of Fame to uncover the origins and evolution of hip-hop.


Harlem Hip-Hop Walking Tour

Harlem Hip-Hop Walking Tour

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Harlem’s contributions to hip-hop are unmatched, and on this guided walking tour led by a hip-hop historian, you can check out important landmarks like the Apollo Theater, the Graffiti Wall of Fame, Lenox Lounge, and historic Harlem jazz clubs. See popular locations for hip-hop music videos and hear exclusive stories. Admission to the Museum of the City of New York is included.
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  • 2 hours
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5. Get to the heart of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama

Visit some of the most important sites of the Civil Rights Movement on a private 6-hour tour of Montgomery, Alabama. See places including the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church and the Alabama State Capitol, and hear about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mrs. Rosa Parks, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.


6 Hours Private Civil Rights Tour of Montgomery

6 Hours Private Civil Rights Tour of Montgomery

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Visit some of the most important sites of the Civil Rights Movement on a private tour of Montgomery. See places including the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church and the Alabama State Capitol, and hear about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mrs. Rosa Parks, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Choose either the half-day or full-day tour via private vehicle.
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6. Learn about the lost stories of Black Charleston

Take a tour of popular Charleston and get to grips with the lesser-known Black history of the southern city in the company of a local guide, writer and educator Damon Fordham. See historic sites such as the Jehu Junes Hotel and Catfish Row, while covering more ground than you could alone.


Lost Stories of Black Charleston Walking Tour

Lost Stories of Black Charleston Walking Tour

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Get an inside perspective on Charleston's lesser-known black history during this 2-hour walking tour. Listen as your guide tells forgotten folktales and facts about important figures in the city's history.
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  • 2 hours
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7. See a different side to New York City history

Uncover a unique part of New York history on this New York City Slavery and Underground Railroad tour. Follow the NYC Freedom Trail, and learn how a group of brave men and women forged the network that became the Underground Railroad, plus discover how New Yorkers risked their lives to help people escape slavery.


New York City Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour

New York City Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour

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Uncover a unique part of New York history not always brushed upon during this New York City Slavery and Underground Railroad tour. Follow the NYC Freedom Trail, and learn how a group of brave men and women forged the network that became the Underground Railroad. View the former city stations that were included on the Underground Railroad, and discover how New Yorkers risked their lives to help people escape slavery.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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8. Discover Portland, Maine's Black legacy, community, and culture

Get an in-depth insight into Portland, Maine's Black community on this 2-hour tour led by guide Dugan Murphy. Covering history left untouched by other tours in the area, you'll learn about Black history, resilience, and joy while passing through the Old Port and East End neighborhoods.


2 Hours | Portland Black History Walking Tour
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2 Hours | Portland Black History Walking Tour

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Take a guided walk tracing the steps of the Black Portlanders who moved our city, state, and country closer to the ideals of freedom, democracy, opportunity, and equality. Maine’s earliest settlements couldn’t have existed without Black labor, skill, and insight—and since those first moments, Black Yankees have agitated and organized to resist indignity and realize power. You'll meet the people who founded Maine communities, overturned slavery statewide, drove our maritime industries, gained political influence, founded houses of worship, crossed color boundaries, and expanded Mainers’ rights in the modern era. The Portland Black History Tour includes 2 hours of entertaining and enlightening historical narration over a 1.5-mile route through the Old Port and East End neighborhood. Owner and guide, Dugan Murphy, dug through piles of research and historic documents to present an amazing constellation of stories left out of most tours.
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  • 2 hours
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9. See a more melanated side of Miami

Miami may be more closely associated with nonBlack Latinx cultures, but the African-American and Caribbean influence in the city is vast. Explore the city's diversity on this food and history tour that includes stops at historically Black beaches, luxury resorts, and soul food eateries.


Melanin Miami: Black History Tour (w/ food)

Melanin Miami: Black History Tour (w/ food)

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Miami's Overtown neighborhood is the historic heart of the city's African-American and Caribbean-American communities. With this tour, dive into Miami's rich and diverse history and heritage as you learn about Miami's civil rights movement and follow in the footsteps of Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, and Sammy Davis Jr. End the tour with a scrumptious lunch of typical Miami soul food.
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10. Hear some of Harlem's best gospel music and history

Harlem is a rich and multifaceted New York City neighborhood, but one of the top draws is its gospel music. On this multimedia walking tour, enjoy a gospel-accompanide church service, breakfast, and exploration led by a true Harlem local.


Harlem Gospel Multimedia Walking Tour

Harlem Gospel Multimedia Walking Tour

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New York City's Harlem neighborhood is booming with history, but if you’re exploring on your own, you might miss out on some key details of the area. This Harlem gospel multimedia walking tour takes you to a gospel-accompanied church service and shows you around Harlem with a guide who’s lived in the neighborhood their whole life. Plus, you’ll start with a light breakfast and watch a video before you set out.
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
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Hi, I'm Lauren!

Lauren is a Mexico City–based writer, editor, and translator from Yorkshire with bylines at CNN, BBC Travel, and Al Jazeera. She’s currently working on her first full-length literary translation in between harassing her cat, drinking smuggled Yorkshire Tea, and blogging about Latin American literature at leyendolatam.com.

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