Black History

We've curated some of our best historical essays in support of Black History Month, and have published new pieces, too. Take a look:


Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute

Fostering pride in one’s own achievement is worthwhile, but pursuing it in isolation of the gospel of the black freedom struggle is like building on quicksand. more

Feb 17, 2018 8:03 AM Public School Shakedown


US Marine Corps

Black History Month shouldn’t be an excuse to ignore African American history for the other eleven months of the year. more

Feb 16, 2018 3:57 PM Dispatches


Wikimedia Commons

Black Lives Matter at School Week is a direct extension of the work of Carter Woodson, often called ‘the father of black history.’ more

Feb 6, 2018 1:59 PM Public School Shakedown

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Francisco Laso, The Laundress, 1858. Image Public Domain.

The strike—a group of black women organizing against omnipresent discrimination to demand recognition and respect for their work—stands out in union history as a most unlikely success. more

Feb 6, 2018 7:00 AM Dispatches

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Wochit News YouTube

In the wake of Trump’s comments, politicians and media figures rushed to defend Haitian and African immigrants, asserting how hardworking they are. But this just allows Trump and similar anti-immigration rhetoric to dictate the terms of the argument. more

Jan 24, 2018 6:00 AM Dispatches 1 Comments



“More and more,” MLK wrote in The Progressive, “I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will...” more

Jan 15, 2018 6:00 AM Dispatches

Eleven images from a new exhibit capture the role photojournalists played in giving Americans a window into the Civil Rights movement, and what it was up against. more

Jan 14, 2018 1:12 PM Dispatches

100 years after one of the least-known and saddest chapters in American history, families of executed black soldiers have petitioned Trump for justice. more

Dec 8, 2017 8:03 AM Dispatches 7 Comments



This Veteran's Day, remembering some of our veterans who protected a country that did not protect them. more

Nov 10, 2017 5:00 AM Dispatches


CJH (photographer unknown)

The 115th Street Public Library in Harlem has been renamed in his honor. more

Nov 1, 2017 12:00 AM Dispatches


Center for Jewish History, NYC

People of color cannot overcome wealth and wage gaps when structural racism and violence are the foundations of U.S. society. more

Aug 28, 2017 1:19 PM Op-Eds 2 Comments



Our evolving standards of decency marking the progress of a maturing society can be measured not only in how we punish but what we commemorate. more

May 23, 2017 1:36 PM Dispatches 1 Comments

Organized to confront police brutality, the movement was mischaracterized by the press as anti-white. Are we at risk of doing the same to the Black Lives Matter movement today? more

Oct 27, 2016 2:18 PM Dispatches

A massacre so ghastly, many chose to forget it and hid it from textbooks and even oral histories for decades. more

Feb 19, 2016 3:40 PM Dispatches 14 Comments

Gentrification is also happening in our classrooms and books. more

Feb 12, 2016 7:50 PM Public School Shakedown

This is not a broken system, it is a system working perfectly as intended, to the detriment of all. The NSA could not have spied on millions of cellphones if it were not already spying on black people, Muslims, and migrants. more

Mar 30, 2015 12:17 PM Magazine 4 Comments

The underclass has taken hold of the public imagination, and has come to shape policymakers' agendas concerning issues of race, urban decay, and social welfare. But what is the underclass? What is so compelling about that image? more

Aug 1, 1991 12:00 AM Magazine

James Baldwin's thoughts on his nephew's future—in a country with a terrible history of racism— first appeared in The Progressive magazine in 1962. Over 50 years later his words are, sadly, more relevant than ever. more

Jan 1, 1962 7:02 PM Magazine 20 Comments