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New Orleans Filmmaker Spotlights Black Oystermen of Louisiana

New Orleans Filmmaker Spotlights Black Oystermen of Louisiana

by Brentin Mock on April 18 2014, 7:00AM

Vanishing Pearls director Nailah Jefferson restores black fishers deleted from the BP oil spill saga.

Topics: Voting Rights, Culture, Economy, Environment, History, Society

The Neglected Heroines of 'César Chávez'

The Neglected Heroines of ‘César Chávez’

by Lori Flores on March 31 2014, 7:00AM

In a myriad of ways, it was women who built the farmworker movement around Chávez, sustained it, and continue to lead its modern incarnation.

Topics: Chávez, History

The Faces of Cesar Chávez's United Farm Worker Movement Photo

The Faces of Cesar Chávez’s United Farm Worker Movement

by Jamilah King on March 28 2014, 7:00AM

It’s important to remember that every movement is larger than any one man.

Topics: Chávez, History

What Happens After a Collapse?

What Happens After a Collapse?

by José Vadi on March 24 2014, 9:00AM

In the aftermath of the fatal apartment building collapse in East Harlem, a writer and his father reflect on the stories they held.

Topics: History

How Co-ops Helped Produce Foot Soldiers for Civil Rights

How Co-ops Helped Produce Foot Soldiers for Civil Rights

by Carla Murphy on March 10 2014, 7:00AM

Upcoming book traces the hidden history of African-American economic self-help

Topics: Co-ops & Civil Rights, History

Yes, Cesar Chavez Called Strikebreakers 'Wetbacks'

Yes, Cesar Chavez Called Strikebreakers ‘Wetbacks’

by Aura Bogado on February 28 2014, 3:49PM

Just like everyone else, Chavez had his contradictions.

Topics: Blogs List, History, /NOW

A Racial Murder the FBI Can't Seem to Solve

A Racial Murder the FBI Can’t Seem to Solve

by Benjamin Greenberg on February 28 2014, 7:00AM

It’s the 50th anniversary of the 1964 racial murder of Clifton Walker. For his family, closure remains elusive.

Topics: Criminal Justice, History

Medals of Honor Awarded to Vets Robbed Due to Racism

Medals of Honor Awarded to Vets Robbed Due to Racism

by Brentin Mock on February 21 2014, 4:33PM

Among the recipients are 17 Latino vets.

Topics: History, National Security, /NOW, Politics

King's Children Fight to Sell his Nobel Medal and Bible

King’s Children Fight to Sell his Nobel Medal and Bible

by Carla Murphy on February 5 2014, 1:55PM

“Our Father MUST be turning in his grave,” writes Bernice King.

Topics: History, /NOW

Give Your Letters Some Extra Love With a Shirley Chisholm USPS Stamp

Give Your Letters Some Extra Love With a Shirley Chisholm USPS Stamp

by Julianne Hing on January 30 2014, 3:38PM

A stamp to commemorate the nation’s first black congresswoman.

Topics: History, /NOW

MLK Boulevard: A Snapshot of King's Dream Deferred

MLK Boulevard: A Snapshot of King’s Dream Deferred

by Jamilah King, Josh Begley on January 20 2014, 7:00AM

What do streets named after Dr. Martin Luther Jr. tell us about economic justice today?

Topics: History

My Debt to Dr. King

My Debt to Dr. King

by Scot Nakagawa on January 20 2014, 7:00AM

An Asian-American writer reflects the lasting legacy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.

Topics: History, MLK Day, Politics

Remembering Lakshmi Shankar, the Grammy-Nominated Indian Singer

Remembering Lakshmi Shankar, the Grammy-Nominated Indian Singer

by Kavita Das on January 15 2014, 1:45AM

The singer helped spread Indian music to the rest of the world.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History

Sorry Haters. A Black Nun Does Belong in Broadway's 'Sound of Music'

Sorry Haters. A Black Nun Does Belong in Broadway’s ‘Sound of Music’

by Akiba Solomon on December 19 2013, 1:53PM

Haters have been claiming that Audra McDonald’s role in “The Sound of Music” is ahistorical. Religion Dispatches proves them wrong.

Topics: History, /NOW

A Struggle's Echo, from South Africa to Brazil

A Struggle’s Echo, from South Africa to Brazil

by Cheryl Sterling on December 8 2013, 11:00AM

Brazil scholar Cheryl Sterling explains how Nelson Mandela’s message has inspired movements for black freedom throughout the diaspora.

Topics: Global Affairs, History, Mandela's Legacy

Mandela and the Black Diaspora

Mandela and the Black Diaspora

by Marjorie Valbrun on December 8 2013, 10:06AM

Mandela made tangible the native history I was taught to be proud of, but to which I couldn’t always relate.

Topics: Global Affairs, History, Mandela's Legacy

A Mandela Reading List

A Mandela Reading List

by Carla Murphy on December 6 2013, 2:34PM

Honor Mandela’s legacy by learning about the man, his people and the times that created him. Here’s a starting point.

Topics: History, /NOW

A Political Obituary of Nelson Mandela

A Political Obituary of Nelson Mandela

by Barbara Ransby on December 6 2013, 12:30PM

Historian and author Barbara Ransby reflects on the anti-apartheid protests that became some of the defining social movements of the 20th century.

Topics: Global Affairs, History, Mandela's Legacy, Politics

That Time Reagan Vetoed the Anti-Apartheid Act

That Time Reagan Vetoed the Anti-Apartheid Act

by Aura Bogado on December 6 2013, 11:29AM

Watch Desmond Tutu break down how wrong the president was to support South Africa’s racist regime.

Topics: History, /NOW, Politics

He Was My Elder, He Was My Brother

He Was My Elder, He Was My Brother

by Haki Madhubuti on December 6 2013, 11:11AM

Black Arts Movement luminary and Third World Press publisher Haki Madhubuti reflects on Nelson Mandela’s legacy.

Topics: History, Mandela's Legacy, Politics

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