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One of Malcolm X's Last Speeches: 'Our Color Became to Us Like a Prison'

One of Malcolm X’s Last Speeches: ‘Our Color Became to Us Like a Prison’

by Aura Bogado on February 20 2015, 4:49PM

Just days before his death fifty years ago, the black revolutionary destroyed the concept of ‘reverse racism.’

Topics: History, /NOW

Census Infographic: How 'Slaves' Became 'African-Americans'

Census Infographic: How ‘Slaves’ Became ‘African-Americans’

by Julianne Hing on February 6 2015, 12:50PM

What would you have been called a century ago?

Topics: History, /NOW, Society

Can 'Black Wikipedia' Take Off Like 'Black Twitter'?

Can ‘Black Wikipedia’ Take Off Like ‘Black Twitter’?

by Carla Murphy on February 4 2015, 3:52PM

Gatekeepers of black culture and history would like it to.

Topics: History

10 MLK Quotes That Just Might Inspire You to Act

10 MLK Quotes That Just Might Inspire You to Act

by Jamilah King, Aura Bogado on January 19 2015, 7:00AM

This year’s commemoration is unlike any other in recent memory.

Topics: History

19 Photos From 2014 That Prove 'Post-Racial' America Doesn't Exist

19 Photos From 2014 That Prove ‘Post-Racial’ America Doesn’t Exist

by Aura Bogado on December 30 2014, 7:00AM

It’s been a long year full of despair—but there’s also been plenty of hope!

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson, History

Actress Khandi Alexander Discovers Racial Violence Victim in Her Family Tree

Actress Khandi Alexander Discovers Racial Violence Victim in Her Family Tree

by Carla Murphy on October 14 2014, 1:01PM

Grandfather Joshua Masters, 25, may’ve been killed in 1935 in Jacksonville.

Topics: History, /NOW

'Kill The Messenger' Movie Revisits the CIA and How Crack-Cocaine Exploded in the US

‘Kill The Messenger’ Movie Revisits the CIA and How Crack-Cocaine Exploded in the US

by Carla Murphy on October 10 2014, 12:27PM

Was it urban legend? Or was it real?

Topics: History, /NOW

Land Grab Tests Geechee and Gullah Culture [PHOTOS]

Land Grab Tests Geechee and Gullah Culture [PHOTOS]

by Pete Marovich on September 24 2014, 10:45AM

Outside development, sky-high property taxes and imminent domain have caused many Geechee and Gullah people to lose land that has been in their families for generations. Photojournalist Pete Marovich documents these communities in danger.

Topics: History, Sapelo Island

Rinku Sen: On the Civil Rights Act's 50th, Workplaces Remain Segregated

Rinku Sen: On the Civil Rights Act’s 50th, Workplaces Remain Segregated

by Rinku Sen on July 2 2014, 7:00AM

Fifty years after the Jim Crow-busting Civil Rights Act became law, occupational segregation runs rampant in the United States.

Topics: Economy, History, Labor

Forever Cherish Intimate Moments with Maya Angelou, Ruby Dee And More

Forever Cherish Intimate Moments with Maya Angelou, Ruby Dee And More

by Carla Murphy on June 24 2014, 3:39PM

New collection joins slave narratives gathered by the WPA during the 1930s

Topics: History, /NOW

Anita Hill Talks Civil Rights

Anita Hill Talks Civil Rights

by Akiba Solomon on June 18 2014, 7:00AM

“We have to keep fighting.”

Topics: History

Remembering Freedom Summer 1964: Heather Booth

Remembering Freedom Summer 1964: Heather Booth

by Carla Murphy on June 16 2014, 11:17AM

On the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the second in a series of as-told-tos by volunteers and students.

Topics: Freedom Summer, History

Remembering Freedom Summer 1964

Remembering Freedom Summer 1964

by Carla Murphy on June 9 2014, 7:00AM

On the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the first in a series of as-told-tos by volunteers and students.

Topics: Freedom Summer, History

History: Why the Young Lords Took Over Lincoln Hospital

History: Why the Young Lords Took Over Lincoln Hospital

by Carla Murphy on June 4 2014, 11:35AM

The affordable and quality healthcare fight in 1970

Topics: History, /NOW

The Economic Case for Reparations

The Economic Case for Reparations

by Imara Jones on May 28 2014, 7:00AM

There is a strong rationale for reparations grounded in airtight economic principals at the heart of the free market system: access to capital.

Topics: Economic Justice, History, Reparations

Video: Ta-Nehisi Coates Talks White Supremacy and Reparations

Video: Ta-Nehisi Coates Talks White Supremacy and Reparations

by Aura Bogado on May 22 2014, 1:31PM

The writer explains why honest conversations about history can lead to better policy today.

Topics: History, /NOW, Reparations

Revisiting the 1970s Murder of a Native American Activist

Revisiting the 1970s Murder of a Native American Activist

by Carla Murphy on April 25 2014, 5:21PM

A weekend read about Anna Mae Aquash

Topics: History, /NOW

Letter to W.E.B. DuBois Sheds Light on Dalit Leader's Global Vision

Letter to W.E.B. DuBois Sheds Light on Dalit Leader’s Global Vision

by Akiba Solomon on April 22 2014, 4:12PM

B.R. Ambedkar, the preiminent leader of India’s Dalits, saw similarities between the treatment of his people and African-Americans.

Topics: History, /NOW

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: 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: History

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