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Daughter of Slaves Not Recognized as World's Oldest Woman

Daughter of Slaves Not Recognized as World’s Oldest Woman

by Thoai Lu on March 29 2011, 11:45AM

Rebecca Lanier is 119 years old but, like most black Americans of her time, was never issued a birth certificate.

Topics: History

Recy Taylor Gets a Personal Sorry, But No Apology From Alabama

Recy Taylor Gets a Personal Sorry, But No Apology From Alabama

by Benjamin Greenberg on March 22 2011, 11:10AM

The 91-year-old’s family still wants a formal apology for the failure to investigate and prosecute her rapists for nearly 70 years.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, History, Recy Taylor

An (Immortal) Women's History Month Reading List

An (Immortal) Women’s History Month Reading List

by Rinku Sen on March 18 2011, 10:36AM

I love books, and here are three of my favorites for March reading.

Topics: History, Movement

Recy Taylor May Finally See Alabama Acknowledge Her 1944 Rape

Recy Taylor May Finally See Alabama Acknowledge Her 1944 Rape

by Benjamin Greenberg on March 16 2011, 3:00AM

She was one of literally uncounted black women who were assaulted without justice in Jim Crow’s South.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, History, Recy Taylor

W.E.B. DuBois's Color Line From 1900, in Visuals

W.E.B. DuBois’s Color Line From 1900, in Visuals

by Hatty Lee on March 11 2011, 10:00AM

Sociology students from Atlanta University created the graphs for Exposition Universelle in Paris.

Topics: History

King's Fight for Unions Is Still Essential

King’s Fight for Unions Is Still Essential

by Michael Honey on February 23 2011, 9:22AM

MLK died fighting for the very rights that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and a growing number of his GOP counterparts want to take away.

Topics: Economy, History, Jobs Crisis, Wisconsin

Recy Taylor, Sexual Violence, and the Horrors of Jim Crow

Recy Taylor, Sexual Violence, and the Horrors of Jim Crow

by Jamilah King on February 11 2011, 9:55AM

The stories of countless black women who were raped by white men during the civil rights era have gone overlooked entirely.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, History, Recy Taylor

Mississippi Group Pushes for KKK Commemorative License Plates

Mississippi Group Pushes for KKK Commemorative License Plates

by Jamilah King on February 10 2011, 1:17PM

Because Nathan Bedford Forrest wasn’t just a confederate hero and KKK leader. He was a genius, according to supporters.

Topics: History, Politics

Mapping America's Brutal Past, and Humanity's Capacity for Revolt

Mapping America’s Brutal Past, and Humanity’s Capacity for Revolt

by Imara Jones on January 19 2011, 10:12AM

An 1860 census of the American South reveals much more than the region’s demography.

Topics: History

We Twisted King's Dream, So We Live With His Nightmare

We Twisted King’s Dream, So We Live With His Nightmare

by Tim Wise on January 17 2011, 8:00AM

Today’s remembrances abstract non-violence from justice, colorblindness from racial equity and public service from radical social transformation.

Topics: History, MLK Day

Remembering MLK: The Things We've Forgotten Would Guide Us

Remembering MLK: The Things We’ve Forgotten Would Guide Us

by Barbara Ransby on January 14 2011, 9:51AM

Civil rights historian Barbara Ransby says we are all King’s political heirs.

Topics: History, MLK Day

Investigations Force Feds to Revisit Murders of Civil Rights Era

Investigations Force Feds to Revisit Murders of Civil Rights Era

by Benjamin Greenberg on January 12 2011, 10:17AM

There were many more killings than those of activists. A Louisiana black businessman’s murder is the latest case reporters have reopened.

Topics: Criminal Justice, History

Arizona's History of Hate: A Timeline Interactive

Arizona’s History of Hate: A Timeline

by Jamilah King on January 11 2011, 11:37AM

Activists at Alto Arizona map out over two decades of political violence in the state.

Topics: History, Immigration, Joe Arpaio

Rachel Maddow Breaks Down How the Racist Political Past is Present

Rachel Maddow Breaks Down How the Racist Political Past is Present

by Julianne Hing on October 20 2010, 4:00PM

We’re still living out the Southern Strategy Republicans dreamed up in the 1960s.

Topics: 2010 Elections, History

Isabel Wilkerson Talks About Generations of Black Immigrants

Isabel Wilkerson Talks About Generations of Black Immigrants

by Greg Varner on October 1 2010, 10:00AM

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author discusses her definitive new study of the Great Migration with ColorLines.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History

Charges That a Civil Rights Hero Was an FBI Spy Shouldn't Shock Us

Charges That a Civil Rights Hero Was an FBI Spy Shouldn’t Shock Us

by Barbara Ransby on September 15 2010, 10:46AM

Government snoops were always close confidants.

Topics: History, National Security

King's Movement Was More Interested in Justice Than Harmony Photo

King’s Movement Was More Interested in Justice Than Harmony

by Hatty Lee, Kai Wright on August 28 2010, 1:10PM

A look at real message in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Topics: History, Kai Wright

Glenn Beck's MLK Dream is Perverse, But What's Our Vision?

Glenn Beck’s MLK Dream is Perverse, But What’s Our Vision?

by Kai Wright on August 26 2010, 11:00AM

Beck and the right have been the loudest national voices on race for too long.

Topics: Glenn Beck, History, Kai Wright, Politics

The 90th Anniversary of a Women's Right to Vote Photo

The 90th Anniversary of a Women’s Right to Vote

by Jamilah King, Hatty Lee on August 21 2010, 11:45AM

The movements for women’s rights and racial justice have a long, intertwined history.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, History

45th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act Photo

45th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act

by Jamilah King, Hatty Lee on August 7 2010, 3:13PM

A look back at the historic blow for racial justice.

Topics: History