What is a creative way for a travel journalist to celebrate Black History Month? S/he could write bio sketches of early African American travel heroes for the Black Travel History website hosted by Black Travel Alliance (BTA) and sponsored by Tripadvisor*. https://historyofblacktravel.com/
Well, that is what I did and I am proud to share that BTA is featuring 8 entries from me!
Phillis Wheatley, Poet, And Writer Sailed To England
Charles Young, First African American Superintendent Of Federal Parkland
Paul Cuffee Spearheaded The First Black ‘Back To Africa’ Initiative
Martin Robison Delany Led An Exploring Party To Niger Valley To Find A Homeland For African American Repatriation
Mary Fields, First African American Woman Employed As A Stagecoach Mail Carrier
A Narrative Of the Life And Travels Of Mrs. Nancy Prince
Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands
Guion Stewart Bluford Jr., First African American To Travel To Outer Space
“The History Of Black Travel website has been a year-long project for the Black Travel Alliance and we are really excited to be at this next stage, working with brands like Tripadvisor to amplify and create awareness for lesser-known Black travel stories,” states Ursula Petula Barzey, Research Committee Chair, Black Travel Alliance.
Ancestral Blessings, Elaine Lee
*Tripadvisor is the world’s largest travel guidance platform, helping hundreds of millions of people each month become better travelers, from planning to booking to taking a trip.