According to the site, "it is a 'crowd sourced' online encyclopedia on African American history and the history of people of African ancestry outside the United States. Its success is built on a network of more than 700 volunteer contributors from six continents. All BlackPast.org articles are vetted for historical accuracy and copy-edited before they appear. BlackPast.org reserves the right to refuse any submitted entry that does not meet its standards for accuracy and objectivity." BlackPast was founded by University of Washington Professor Quintard Taylor and his graduate assitant, George Tamblyn.