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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:

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Her father’s name is on the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education, a milestone in ending racial segregation in public education. more

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The 1968 report cited that media coverage was framed “from the standpoint of a white man's world.” Half a century later, white media gatekeepers have maintained the disturbing status quo. more

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Steven Shames Photographic Archive/Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A new exhibit illustrates the lesser-known side of an organization whose image is often only portrayed as militant. more

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Marvel Entertainment

The mythical African nation in ‘Black Panther’ is allowed to thrive on its own terms—offering a fascinating and rooted alternative to existing Western notions of nation-building. more

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Holiday, who throughout her career called public attention to the devastating impact of white supremacy, drew the notice of the Commissioner for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. He ordered her to stop singing the song... more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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February is Black History Month; 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of 1968, a sacred year for activist athletes. Tyus was a star on the Olympic world stage, a time when women weren’t supposed to be athletes, and black people were treated second class. more

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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Wikipedia

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

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

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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

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Infrogmation

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

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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

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