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In support of Black History Month, we've curated some of our best historical essays, and have published many new pieces, too. For The Progressive, every month is Black History Month. Take a look:

Black women face major barriers to entry in news media. Read more

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“No matter how many centuries have been devoted to the official story that black people are shameful, we have been the grace note of American history. And yet if I am honest, shame is what I feel. Not in blackness though, in Americanness.” Read more

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An activist and historian recalls his 100 years on the streets of Chicago. Read more

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Erin Robinson

As a baby, you knew nothing of the definitions the world was going to press onto you later in life—black, female, Southern. The world had not yet told you who you were, who you could or should be. You just were. Read more

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What would Martin Luther King Jr. think of Donald Trump’s border wall? Read more

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From If Beale Street Could Talk

Finally, James Baldwin’s big screen U.S. debut. Read more

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New books chronicle the insurgency of Black resistance. Read more

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The movie is Lee’s best and most radical film in decades, and a lot of fun as well. Read more

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Andre White

When Dellums talked about peace, he meant peace—withdrawal from the mentality that relies on death and the threat of death as a national way of life. Read more

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Dennis Brack/UT Austin’s Briscoe Center for American History

Among fiftieth anniversaries from the seismic year of 1968, a lesser-known episode has powerful lessons for today. Read more

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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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

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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. Read 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... Read more

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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. Read more

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

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

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