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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

DOJ Official Acknowledges Mistakes in Japanese American Internment Cases

DOJ Official Acknowledges Mistakes in Japanese American Internment Cases

by Asraa Mustufa on May 26 2011, 1:30PM

It’s a long overdue and highly unusual move for the Supreme Court’s top lawyer.

Topics: History

Re-Branding Revolution: 7 Icons Pimped for Profit and Empire

Re-Branding Revolution: 7 Icons Pimped for Profit and Empire

by Stokely Baksh, Jamilah King on May 25 2011, 12:40PM

Chavez as a Navy ship? Ghandi as a corporate salesman? Here’s a handful of the most laughable appropriations of radical political history.

Topics: History

Study: Whites Think 'Reverse Racism' is on the Rise

Study: Whites Think ‘Reverse Racism’ is on the Rise

by Asraa Mustufa on May 24 2011, 2:45PM

Researchers at Tufts University and Harvard Business School prove that we’re still missing the point on institutional privilege.

Topics: History

If Black Power's Not Gone, Where Is It? [Reader Forum]

If Black Power’s Not Gone, Where Is It? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on May 16 2011, 9:30AM

Victor Goode and Tim Jones-Yelvington add context and questions to the ongoing conversation about racial and political identities.

Topics: History, Politics

50 Years After Freedom Rides, a Stunning Film Revives the Heroism

50 Years After Freedom Rides, a Stunning Film Revives the Heroism

by Jamilah King on May 16 2011, 9:02AM

Filmmaker Stanley Nelson talks about the incredible journey of some of the civil rights movement’s youngest and most fearless leaders.

Topics: History

What Ever Happened to Black Power? (And Do We Care?)

What Ever Happened to Black Power? (And Do We Care?)

by Reniqua Allen on May 12 2011, 10:19AM

A new Malcolm X biography has put black nationalism in the news again. Reniqua Allen looks back, and forward, at the political ideology he helped popularize.

Topics: History

19 Years After L.A.'s Uprising, What's Changed? Photo

19 Years After L.A.’s Uprising, What’s Changed?

by Thoai Lu, Hatty Lee on May 4 2011, 8:51AM

Black, brown and Asian communities are still searching for answers two decades after one of the nation’s deadliest urban uprisings.

Topics: History

The Love Story That Made Marriage a Fundamental Right

The Love Story That Made Marriage a Fundamental Right

by Asraa Mustufa on April 27 2011, 10:16AM

A new documentary brings to life Richard and Mildred Loving’s quiet activism against race-mixing laws at this week’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History

Alabama Senate Apologizes to Recy Taylor for 1944 Rape Case

Alabama Senate Apologizes to Recy Taylor for 1944 Rape Case

by Benjamin Greenberg on April 22 2011, 9:01AM

Taylor’s case has been a symbol of the sexual violence black women suffered for decades.

Topics: History

The Long Racial History of the Tea Party's Deficit Trojan Horse

The Long Racial History of the Tea Party’s Deficit Trojan Horse

by Dorian Warren on April 13 2011, 10:30AM

The American right has been railing against the size of federal government for centuries. We’d do well to remember why.

Topics: History, Politics, Shutdown

On DJ Mister Cee, Malcolm X and Online Homophobia

On DJ Mister Cee, Malcolm X and Online Homophobia

by Akiba Solomon on April 11 2011, 10:31AM

How should we deal with the kinds of comments littering Mister Cee and Malcolm X threads?

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, History, Mister Cee

We're Nowhere Near the Mountaintop King Described Before His Death

We’re Nowhere Near the Mountaintop King Described Before His Death

by Kai Wright on April 4 2011, 11:29AM

King lent his celebrity to the black men who labored in Memphis’ refuge because they symbolized a global economy built upon exploiting black and brown people.

Topics: Economy, History, Jobs Crisis, Kai Wright