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Activist Patricia Stephens Due Dead at 72

Activist Patricia Stephens Due Dead at 72

by Jorge Rivas on February 8 2012, 4:59PM

The 72-year-old, whom they called the Joan of Arc of the civil rights movement in Tallahassee, Fla., succumbed on Tuesday after a long fight with thyroid cancer.

Topics: History, /NOW

'Little Known Black History Facts' Talks Outside the Family. So What?

‘Little Known Black History Facts’ Talks Outside the Family. So What?

by Channing Kennedy on February 6 2012, 9:30AM

“It’s not in my job description as a black woman to never laugh about my history,” says Tracy Clayton, the humorist behind the Tumblr.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History

A Political Obituary of Etta James

A Political Obituary of Etta James

by Kenyon Farrow on January 24 2012, 9:09AM

James’s personal and artistic journey has a lot to teach us about the shifting politics of race, class and feminist politics over the course of the last half century. Kenyon Farrow explores the late icon’s history.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Etta James, History

Melissa Harris-Perry Deconstructs Stereotypes to Colbert [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2012, 11:41AM

MSNBC contributor and political analyst Melissa Harris-Perry was a guest on Monday’s ‘The Colbert Report.’

Topics: Arts & Culture, History, /NOW

2011 in Review--in 90 Seconds [VIDEO] Play

2011 in Review—in 90 Seconds [VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas on December 22 2011, 9:30AM

From Troy Davis to Occupy Wall Street, Oprah Winfrey to the National Book Awards, the jobs crisis to the fight for humane immigration policy—we look back at 2011’s biggest stories. Watch Colorlines.com’s year in review.

Topics: 2011: Year in Review, History

New Documentary Shows Unseen Footage of Martin Luther King's Murder

New Documentary Shows Unseen Footage of Martin Luther King’s Murder

by Jorge Rivas on December 8 2011, 1:36PM

The Smithsonian has uncovered footage from the day Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered that has not been seen since it aired live on April 4, 1968.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History

A History of Georgia's 1%: Why You Must Face Race to Occupy Atlanta

A History of Georgia’s 1%: Why You Must Face Race to Occupy Atlanta

by Kung Li on October 13 2011, 10:12AM

When Occupiers decided civil rights icon John Lewis was no exception to their process of ordering speakers, critics said it revealed the movement’s blind spots on race. Kung Li explains how race defines the very space protestors occupy.

Topics: #Occupy, History, Politics

Dr. Tiya Miles Discusses Cherokee Nation Freedmen Controversy

Dr. Tiya Miles Discusses Cherokee Nation Freedmen Controversy

by Jorge Rivas on September 28 2011, 2:57PM

The McArthur Genius grantee offers her opinion on the Cherokee Nation’s freemen controversy.

Topics: History

Trove of Unseen Footage Revives History in 'The Black Power Mixtape'

Trove of Unseen Footage Revives History in ‘The Black Power Mixtape’

by Channing Kennedy on September 6 2011, 9:15AM

Swiss filmmaker Goran Hugo Olsson has unearthed hundreds of hours of intimate footage of black power movement leaders. Colorlines talks to Olsson about his remarkable new documentary.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History

Would Dr. King 'Rise Up From His Grave' Over New Memorial? [Reader Forum]

Would Dr. King ‘Rise Up From His Grave’ Over New Memorial? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on August 26 2011, 8:41PM

Dr. King’s new memorial, designed and built in China, has attracted criticism of a certain tone. Our readers put it in context.

Topics: History

Irene Rain on Your MLK Memorial Parade? Sing These Songs Instead

Irene Rain on Your MLK Memorial Parade? Sing These Songs Instead

by Jorge Rivas on August 26 2011, 3:30PM

NewsOne has compiled a list of the top ten songs from the civil rights era.

Topics: History

King's Memorial Is Finally Here (Even Without Its Dedication)

King’s Memorial Is Finally Here (Even Without Its Dedication)

by Shani O. Hilton on August 26 2011, 10:15AM

After years of controversy dogged its creation, stormy days upend the grand dedication of King’s long-awaited memorial on the National Mall.

Topics: History

Cherokee Nation Revokes Tribal Citizenship From Descendants of Slaves

Cherokee Nation Revokes Tribal Citizenship From Descendants of Slaves

by Jorge Rivas on August 24 2011, 10:54AM

The decision will immediately terminate the tribal citizenship of about 2,800 so-called “non-Indians.”

Topics: History

North Carolina Woman on Eugenics Program: 'I Was Never Feebleminded!'

North Carolina Woman on Eugenics Program: ‘I Was Never Feebleminded!’

by Jorge Rivas on August 17 2011, 1:07PM

Elaine Riddick, one of thousands of mostly black women who were forcibly sterilized under the state’s eugencis program, speaks out for other victims.

Topics: History

Why I'm Just Saying No to 'The Help' and Its Historical Whitewash

Why I’m Just Saying No to ‘The Help’ and Its Historical Whitewash

by Akiba Solomon on August 10 2011, 12:50PM

Despite the hype and the ensemble of fine black actresses, I’m opting out of “The Help.” The trailer alone features too many group hugs to be trusted as an accounting of the civil rights movement.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History, The Help

The Revolutionary Everyday Courage of

The Revolutionary Everyday Courage of “The Barber of Birmingham”

by Katti Gray on August 9 2011, 9:35AM

James Armstrong was neither a national movement leader nor a star-power elected official. He was just a guy with a barbershop and heart big enough to fight for his community’s dignity.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History

Remnants of an African-American Past Found Beneath Central Park

Remnants of an African-American Past Found Beneath Central Park

by Jamilah King on July 29 2011, 11:12AM

Researchers are working to reconstruct the lives of black residents who were pushed out by developers in the mid-19th century.

Topics: History

No New Investigation for Malcolm X Murder Case, Say Feds

No New Investigation for Malcolm X Murder Case, Say Feds

by Benjamin Greenberg on July 25 2011, 10:14AM

The Justice Department says there’s no good reason to spend the money on reopening the case on Malcolm X’s assassination. A recent biography argued the initial case was rushed and insufficient, spurring new calls for a real investigation.

Topics: History

How To Celebrate the Fourth of July: Read Frederick Douglass

How To Celebrate the Fourth of July: Read Frederick Douglass

by Kai Wright on July 1 2011, 10:57AM

Fire up the grill, lay in the sun, dance to music and drink wine, yes. But start the weekend with a sober take on the mythology of America’s liberation story.

Topics: History, July 4th, Kai Wright

North Carolina Confronts the Ugly Past of Its Eugenics Law

North Carolina Confronts the Ugly Past of Its Eugenics Law

by Asraa Mustufa on June 15 2011, 12:39PM

Surviving victims of the state’s forced sterilization programs will be able to tell their stories and push for reparations.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, History