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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

Arizona's Long Walk to SB 1070 Interactive

Arizona’s Long Walk to SB 1070

by Valeria Fern�ndez, Daisy Hernández on May 17 2010, 12:00PM

The Grand Canyon State is now considered a standard-bearer for anti-immigrant backlash. But it didn’t get there on its own. Check our interactive timeline of how the feds pushed Arizona over the right’s edge.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, History, Immigration

Henry Louis Gates’ Dangerously Wrong Slave History

by Barbara Ransby on May 3 2010, 12:00PM

The celebrity academic’s New York Times editorial is not only a disservice to history, it comes at exactly the wrong time in our discourse on race.

Topics: History

SNCC’s 50th Anniversary Is A Radical Reminder

by Jamilah King on April 16 2010, 9:00AM

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Barbour: Slavery ‘Goes Without Saying,’ Confederate History Flap’s a ‘Nit’

by Kai Wright on April 12 2010, 9:44AM

Looks like Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s on a roll. Fresh off of praising the federal response to Katrina as “generous” — in a speech in New Orleans, no less — the chair of the Republican Governors Association tells CNN…

Topics: History, Politics

South Rides Again in Virginia Governor’s Office

by Kai Wright on April 7 2010, 8:30AM

It’s enough that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a GOP darling, has revived the tradition of declaring April “Confederate History Month.” But what’s truly astonishing is that in bringing it back he dropped from the ceremonial proclamation a previous obligatory nod…

Topics: History, Politics

Rewriting History in Texas

by Michelle Chen on March 13 2010, 8:38PM

Rewriting history sounds like a daunting task, but an elite group of educational “experts” in Texas makes it look easy. In the Lone Star State, all you need to dictate education policy is an abiding faith in dead white men,…

Topics: History, Immigration, Politics, Schools & Youth

On The 45th Anniversary of Malcolm X’s Assassination, Feeling El-Hajj

by Adrienne Maree Brown on February 22 2010, 10:29AM

This post originally appeared on Adrienne Maree Brown’s blog. Detroit Red is someone we all know. Bright, beautiful, hustling, trying everything, wanting more, with the unhealed recent familial and current experiences of racism all around like four walls, eyes bigger…

Topics: History

Remembering Our History, Fifty Years After the Greensboro Sit-ins

by Julianne Hing on February 4 2010, 10:40AM

We’re coming to the end of the first week of 2010’s Black History Month, and there are a bunch of big milestones to celebrate and remember. On February 1, fifty years ago, four Black college students named Ezell Blair, Jr.,…

Topics: History

Forty Years Later, We Remember Fred Hampton’s Life and Legacy

by Guest Columnist on December 4 2009, 1:01PM

By Juell Stewart Today marks the 40th anniversary of the murder of Fred Hampton, a gifted leader and community organizer who was poised to become the Black Panther Party’s Chief of Staff before the Chicago Police assassinated him on December…

Topics: History

“Good White Stock”: Child Refugees of the British Empire

by Michelle Chen on November 26 2009, 5:47AM

Forced migration, displacement, and racial social engineering are ugly modern phenomena that we typically associate with the denigration of oppressed racial and religious groups. But we recently got a glimpse of a colonization effort that in some ways inverted…

Topics: History, Immigration

Not Everybody Loved Hominid Fossil “Lucy”

by Guest Columnist on November 25 2009, 6:43PM

By Adebe D.A. It’s 150 years later, and we’re still debating Darwin’s good old Origin of Species. A new exposition center, The Discovery Times Square Exposition, was launched in New York City, and featured the 3.2 million-year-old fossil known as…

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Kids Reenacting First Thanksgiving with Smallpox Blankets

by Yvonne Yen Liu on November 25 2009, 11:08AM

Kids say the darnedest things. Especially when they voice social truths about history. Here, kids reenact the First Thanksgiving, how it really went down. The white settlers greet the American Indians as “savages”, greedily eat the food, strong-arm the…

Topics: History

An Overdue Gesture: Birmingham Protesters Pardoned

by Michelle Chen on August 12 2009, 4:59PM

It’s about time. The Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama seeks to put a small stitch in wounds left over from the Civil Rights Movement, by issuing a blanket pardon to activists arrested during demonstrations, sit-ins and marches of the era….

Topics: History, Politics

Pioneering Black Cover Girl Naomi Sims Dies

by Jorge Rivas on August 4 2009, 10:22AM

Naomi Sims died of breast cancer on August 1, 2009, aged 61, in Newark, New Jersey. She was born in Oxford, Mississippi, the youngest of three daughters. She was ostracized by her community because of her color and height. But…

Topics: History

Obama, Gates and Crowley: The Clink Heard Around The World

by Jorge Rivas on July 31 2009, 4:15AM

President Barack Obama, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sergeant James Crowley toast at the start of their meeting in the Rose Garden of the White House, July 30, 2009. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza Thank Goodness…

Topics: History

University of California Regents Vote to Give Honorary Degrees to Interned Japanese American Students

by Jorge Rivas on July 17 2009, 10:38AM

Yesterday the University of California Board of Regents voted to grant special honorary degrees to hundreds of men and women forced to leave their studies at the University of California as a result of the internment of people of Japanese…

Topics: History

Racializing Uighurs: The Story of Internal Colonialism in China

by Yvonne Yen Liu on July 9 2009, 6:20PM

China extends 3,400 miles from the west to the east and falls into five different time zones. Yet, the country operates on a single standard of time, eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, all year round based on…

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Vulnerability and Malcolm X

by Adrienne Maree Brown on May 20 2009, 11:31AM

via www.adriennemareebrown.net/blog yesterday was malcolm x’s 84th birthday. happy birthday el-hajj malik el-shabazz. here’s a wonderful post from grace lee boggs on knowing malcolm. today i’ve been thinking about the violence of last night here in Oakland, and the lessons…

Topics: History

What’s so special about February?

by Michelle Chen on February 13 2009, 2:11PM

Amid the confusion and excitement about the shape of racial politics under the new administration, the idea of Black History Month has taken on new shades of appreciation—and derision. Some thoughts about the purpose of Black History (or African…

Topics: History