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My Debt to Dr. King

My Debt to Dr. King

by Scot Nakagawa on January 20 2014, 7:00AM

An Asian-American writer reflects the lasting legacy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.

Topics: History, MLK Day, Politics

Remembering Lakshmi Shankar, the Grammy-Nominated Indian Singer

Remembering Lakshmi Shankar, the Grammy-Nominated Indian Singer

by Kavita Das on January 15 2014, 1:45AM

The singer helped spread Indian music to the rest of the world.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History

Sorry Haters. A Black Nun Does Belong in Broadway's 'Sound of Music'

Sorry Haters. A Black Nun Does Belong in Broadway’s ‘Sound of Music’

by Akiba Solomon on December 19 2013, 1:53PM

Haters have been claiming that Audra McDonald’s role in “The Sound of Music” is ahistorical. Religion Dispatches proves them wrong.

Topics: History, /NOW

A Struggle's Echo, from South Africa to Brazil

A Struggle’s Echo, from South Africa to Brazil

by Cheryl Sterling on December 8 2013, 11:00AM

Brazil scholar Cheryl Sterling explains how Nelson Mandela’s message has inspired movements for black freedom throughout the diaspora.

Topics: Global Affairs, History, Mandela's Legacy

Mandela and the Black Diaspora

Mandela and the Black Diaspora

by Marjorie Valbrun on December 8 2013, 10:06AM

Mandela made tangible the native history I was taught to be proud of, but to which I couldn’t always relate.

Topics: Global Affairs, History, Mandela's Legacy

A Mandela Reading List

A Mandela Reading List

by Carla Murphy on December 6 2013, 2:34PM

Honor Mandela’s legacy by learning about the man, his people and the times that created him. Here’s a starting point.

Topics: History, /NOW

A Political Obituary of Nelson Mandela

A Political Obituary of Nelson Mandela

by Barbara Ransby on December 6 2013, 12:30PM

Historian and author Barbara Ransby reflects on the anti-apartheid protests that became some of the defining social movements of the 20th century.

Topics: Global Affairs, History, Mandela's Legacy, Politics

That Time Reagan Vetoed the Anti-Apartheid Act

That Time Reagan Vetoed the Anti-Apartheid Act

by Aura Bogado on December 6 2013, 11:29AM

Watch Desmond Tutu break down how wrong the president was to support South Africa’s racist regime.

Topics: History, /NOW, Politics

He Was My Elder, He Was My Brother

He Was My Elder, He Was My Brother

by Haki Madhubuti on December 6 2013, 11:11AM

Black Arts Movement luminary and Third World Press publisher Haki Madhubuti reflects on Nelson Mandela’s legacy.

Topics: History, Mandela's Legacy, Politics

Mandela, in His Own Words Infographic

Mandela, in His Own Words

by Aura Bogado on December 6 2013, 8:13AM

“The struggle is my life.”

Topics: History, Mandela's Legacy

Obama: We Need 'Targeted Initiatives' to Address Racial Economic Inequality

Obama: We Need ‘Targeted Initiatives’ to Address Racial Economic Inequality

by Brentin Mock on December 4 2013, 3:11PM

President Obama says we’ll need initiatives that target communities that have suffered from historical racial discrimination to combat economic inequality.

Topics: Voting Rights, Economy, History, /NOW, Politics

This (Stolen) Land Is Our Land

This (Stolen) Land Is Our Land

by Aura Bogado on November 12 2013, 7:00AM

The Onondaga Nation was not allowed to bring claims for stolen land in Upstate New York into court until 1974. Now, it’s been told it waited too long.

Topics: History, Politics

Malcolm X's Diary Will Be Published This Week

Malcolm X’s Diary Will Be Published This Week

by Jamilah King on November 11 2013, 10:40AM

But a lawsuit is brewing to stop the book from hitting shelves.

Topics: History, /NOW

It's Been 50 Years Since Malcolm X's 'Message to the Grass Roots'

It’s Been 50 Years Since Malcolm X’s ‘Message to the Grass Roots’

by Aura Bogado on November 8 2013, 10:31AM

Have you heard it?

Topics: History, /NOW

A Re-Make of the Roots Miniseries is On the Way

A Re-Make of the Roots Miniseries is On the Way

by Jamilah King on November 6 2013, 1:39PM

The History Channel has obtained the rights of the one of America’s most popular shows.

Topics: History, /NOW

'12 Years a Slave' In Cinematic Context

‘12 Years a Slave’ In Cinematic Context

by Dexter Gabriel on October 25 2013, 4:29PM

For a society still struggling some 150 years from Emancipation to negotiate a working discourse on slavery and race, ‘12 Years a Slave’ is a visual moment that forces a reexamination of our national past perhaps like no other major film in recent memory.

Topics: '12 Years a Slave', Arts & Culture, History

Watch Fannie Lou Hamer's Testimony at the 1964 Democratic National Covention

Watch Fannie Lou Hamer’s Testimony at the 1964 Democratic National Covention

by Jamilah King on October 7 2013, 9:14AM

The Civil Rights icon’s birthday was this past weekend.

Topics: History, /NOW

New Film Revisits the Tragic 1985 Bombing of MOVE

New Film Revisits the Tragic 1985 Bombing of MOVE

by Michael A. Gonzales on October 1 2013, 3:29PM

The documentary “Let the Fire Burn” explores the lead-up, execution and aftermath of the brutal bombing that killed 11 people and left 250 people homeless.

Topics: History

Sunday Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Birmingham Church Bombing

Sunday Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Birmingham Church Bombing

by Aura Bogado on September 13 2013, 12:20PM

Remembering the four little girls who died as a result of hate.

Topics: History, /NOW

12 Years Later: A Post-9/11 Timeline

12 Years Later: A Post-9/11 Timeline

by Jamilah King on September 11 2013, 12:34PM

South Asian communities remember how profoundly the country has changed.

Topics: History, /NOW