Colorlines

History

An Open Letter From Assata Shakur: 'I Am Only One Woman'

An Open Letter From Assata Shakur: ‘I Am Only One Woman’

by Jamilah King on May 6 2013, 10:39AM

The longtime political activist is once again defending herself amid renewed FBI attempts to extradite and imprison her in the United States.

Topics: History, National Security, /NOW

'Sa-I-Gu' Documentary Explores How Korean Women Remember the L.A. Riots

‘Sa-I-Gu’ Documentary Explores How Korean Women Remember the L.A. Riots

by Jorge Rivas on April 29 2013, 5:07PM

Today is the 21st anniversary of the uprising in Los Angeles shortly after the Rodney King trial verdict was announced. “Sa-I-Gu”, Korean for April 29, opens a window on Korean American women in Los Angeles whose stores — and lives…

Topics: History, /NOW

Family Of Missing Brown Student Misidentified as Boston Bomber Issues Statement

Family Of Missing Brown Student Misidentified as Boston Bomber Issues Statement

by Jorge Rivas on April 25 2013, 5:38PM

The statement was published a Facebook page they started to help find their son.

Topics: History, /NOW

The Cherokee Nation's Baby Girl Goes on Trial

The Cherokee Nation’s Baby Girl Goes on Trial

by Aura Bogado on April 24 2013, 9:56AM

The Supreme Court’s hearing about the Indian Child Welfare Act last week had everything to do with tribal sovereignty. Here’s why.

Topics: Baby Veronica, History, Politics

Who Needs to 'Get Informed' on Che Guevara? Jay-Z or Marco Rubio?

Who Needs to ‘Get Informed’ on Che Guevara? Jay-Z or Marco Rubio?

by Jorge Rivas on April 15 2013, 3:00PM

Guevara does have a complex history.

Topics: History, /NOW

Who Was the Real Jackie Robinson?

Who Was the Real Jackie Robinson?

by Jamilah King on April 12 2013, 6:00AM

“42,” the Hollywood film about Jackie Robinson’s first year in the racially segregated major leagues, comes out today. Inside the racial politics and legacy of the baseball trailblazer.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History, Jackie Robinson

What Is Alabama's Problem With the Voting Rights Act?

What Is Alabama’s Problem With the Voting Rights Act?

by Brentin Mock on February 26 2013, 8:46AM

The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in a case that could deeply gut the historic law. To understand where this is going, it’s crucial to know how we got here.

Topics: Voting Rights, History, Politics, Voting Rights Act

From Selma to the Roberts Court: Reflections on Voting Rights History Photo

From Selma to the Roberts Court: Reflections on Voting Rights History

by Brentin Mock on February 21 2013, 9:36AM

Diane Nash, Dorie Ladner and others who led and joined the March 1965 demonstrations that created the Voting Rights Act speak with Colorlines about their work then—and now.

Topics: Voting Rights, History, Voting Rights Act

A Black History Month Comic

A Black History Month Comic

by Nia King on February 19 2013, 8:30AM

Nia King illustrates her journey through black history month.

Topics: History

Black Astronaut Who Died in Challenger Mission Was Never About The Norms

Black Astronaut Who Died in Challenger Mission Was Never About The Norms

by Jorge Rivas on February 4 2013, 4:10PM

On January 28, 1986, NASA Challenger mission STS-51-L ended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff.

Topics: History, /NOW

Rosa Parks Featured on USPS Forever Stamp

Rosa Parks Featured on USPS Forever Stamp

by Jorge Rivas on February 4 2013, 9:51AM

Today the USPS is released a commemorative forever stamp in honor of legendary civil rights activist Rosa Parks.

Topics: History, /NOW

Just in Time for the Super Bowl: An Op-Ed About Coca-Cola's Racist History

Just in Time for the Super Bowl: An Op-Ed About Coca-Cola’s Racist History

by Jorge Rivas on January 31 2013, 4:06PM

Coca-Cola kept their products away from African-Americans for years. While Pepsi deliberately marketed to black customers.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History, /NOW

First Nation Chief Theresa Spence Hospitalized, Ends Fast

First Nation Chief Theresa Spence Hospitalized, Ends Fast

by Jorge Rivas on January 24 2013, 3:49PM

Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence has announced she will end the fast she began on December 11th 2012.

Topics: History, /NOW

Cornel West Explains Why it Bothers Him Obama Took Oath Using MLK's Bible

Cornel West Explains Why it Bothers Him Obama Took Oath Using MLK’s Bible

by Jorge Rivas on January 22 2013, 11:05AM

At a poverty-reduction forum last week, Princeton professor Cornel West said he was “upset” after learning that Barack Obama was being sworn in on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Bible.

Topics: History, /NOW, Politics

Full Text of President Obama's Second Inaugural Address

Full Text of President Obama’s Second Inaugural Address

by Kai Wright on January 21 2013, 2:30PM

“You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course,” the president concluded. “You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time.”

Topics: History, /NOW, Politics

10 Things You Should Know About Slavery and Won't Learn at 'Django'

10 Things You Should Know About Slavery and Won’t Learn at ‘Django’

by Imara Jones on January 9 2013, 10:02AM

Slavery as revenge fantasy is a far cry from the ugly truth: Slavery as the economic engine that created the inequitable world in which we still live.

Topics: 'Django', Economy, History, Reparations

Hollywood's Slavery Films Tell Us More About the Present Than the Past

Hollywood’s Slavery Films Tell Us More About the Present Than the Past

by Dexter Gabriel on January 9 2013, 9:37AM

“Django Unchained” and “Lincoln” share a long history of Hollywood epics that feed our modern myths and expectations back to us, rather than genuinely explore our history.

Topics: 'Django', Arts & Culture, History

CNN Contributing Producer Probes Lingering Pain of the 'One Drop' Rule

CNN Contributing Producer Probes Lingering Pain of the ‘One Drop’ Rule

by Akiba Solomon on December 7 2012, 9:43AM

CNN’s upcoming “Black in America 5” wades into the deep of black identity and skin color politics. Here, Dr. Yaba Blay, a Ghanain-American scholar whose independent work sparked the special, talks about the nuances of a topic often considered too hot TV.

Topics: Gender, History, Media

Gap Pulls 'Manifest Destiny' Shirts After Outrage, Twitter Response

Gap Pulls ‘Manifest Destiny’ Shirts After Outrage, Twitter Response

by Jorge Rivas on October 15 2012, 6:11PM

When McNairy heard his work was promoting “a belief that has resulted in mass genocide” he took to Twitter to stir the controversy even more.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History, /NOW

On Sapelo Island, Another Case Study in How Black Exploitation Fuels Wealth

On Sapelo Island, Another Case Study in How Black Exploitation Fuels Wealth

by Imara Jones on October 1 2012, 9:37AM

From Georgia to Brooklyn to sub-Sahran Africa, inequity and exploitive land deals are making a handful of people rich—again. But on Sapelo Island, we can stop it.

Topics: Economic Justice, History, Sapelo Island