Soul Of America Travel, called “SoulOfAmerica” for Internet purposes, pioneered black travel media on city maps in 1994 and on the Web in 1997 under different name. We renamed to SoulOfAmerica in 1998. Of course, we stand on the shoulders of the Green Book and similar books by the Sleeping Car Porters during America’s Jim Crow Era.
We still draw inspiration from the many brave and creative African-Americans who invented or still play a huge role developing Gospel, Blues, Jazz, Soul Music, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Zydeco, Soul Food, Creole Food, Barbecue. We also celebrate art venues, places of worship, historic sites, festivals, cultural sites, colleges and many other black treasures.
When we started, general travel media only listed a handful of black heritage sites in New York City, Washington and Atlanta. One famous travel guide series even advised people not to visit the South Side of Chicago. That challenged us to prove them wrong and enlighten everyone about the world of black travel, starting with America.
We are happy to inspire so many new voices in Black Travel media. Its truly exciting to see more the general market appreciating black travelers and black culture. We are happy to retain our status as the award-winning and most comprehensive Black Travel Website to locate and celebrate that culture.
Though true to our primary audience of African-American travelers, SoulOfAmerica welcomes visitors of all stripes and geographies who want to broaden their travel perspectives by exploring editorial, listings, photos, video, maps and visitor comments with all the appreciation, and in some cases, reverence our culture deserves. In that sense, visiting SoulOfAmerica.com to virtually explore African-American and Afro-Caribbean culture is similar to visiting Chinatown to sample Chinese-American culture or Little Italy to explore Italian-American culture.
We update and expand our website content as time and resource permit. We also post many unique updates on social media. Whether dropping in for a quick visit or deep dive into SoulOfAmerica.com, we promise that there are insights and pleasant surprises to make your next trip more engaging.