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Nearly 85 Years Later, Tuskegee Study's Descendants Still Seek Justice

Relatives of the Black men deceived into the deadly syphilis experiment gather each year to honor their ancestors. The Associated Press documented this year's meeting—and the group's ongoing class-action lawsuit.

This Mother’s Day, Let's Honor Our Mamas With Actions That Reflect the Radical Roots of the Holiday

Keeping in mind the spirit of its origins, we offer you a range of ways to do good on Mother's Day.

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'Most Endangered Places' List Celebrates Little Rock Central High, Other Preservation Successes

For the 30th anniversary of the list, the National Trust for Historic Preservation highlights 11 once-threatened locations, including several central to communities of color.

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#TBT: The First Freedom Ride Headed South 56 Years Ago

Congress of Racial Equality activists boarded buses to New Orleans, risking violence from White mobs and law enforcement to demand an end to legal segregation.

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Your Henrietta Lacks Reading List

Join the conversation surrounding the premiere of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" with these articles and books that illuminate the history and legacy of the uncompensated foremother of modern health research.

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New Orleans Removes First of Four Confederate Statues

Mayor Mitch Landrieu: “We can remember these divisive chapters in our history in a museum or other facility where they can be put in context—and that’s where these statues belong.”

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#TBT: 144 Years Since Reconstruction's Deadliest Massacre

White supremacist paramilitary members killed dozens of Black militia members in the 1873 Colfax Massacre.

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[VIDEO] Constance Malcolm, Mother of Police Slaying Victim Ramarley Graham, Talks About Her Family's Battle for Justice

Ramarley Graham should be celebrating his 24th birthday today. But in 2012, NYPD officers kicked in the door of his Bronx apartment and fatally shot the unarmed 18-year-old. In honor of his memory, his mom, Constance Malcolm, spoke to Colorlines about her family's five-year fight for answers.

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WATCH: Equal Justice Initiative Previews Racial Justice Museum, 'From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration'

The organization offers a video preview for the museum, which is scheduled to open in Montgomery, Alabama, in 2018.

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Don Cheadle to Bring Early Black Wall Street Tycoon's Story to the Screen

Cheadle reunites with "Miles Ahead" scribe Steven Baigelman and stars in project on Jeremiah G. Hamilton, a Wall Street stockbroker whose financial success in a largely White business world defied mid-19th century convention.

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Rosa Parks' Detroit Home Restored and On Display in Berlin

Parks' niece Rhea McCauley and artist Ryan Mendoza worked together to transport the house to Germany, where it recently opened to the public. 

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'Hidden Figures' Author to Introduce Readers to Unsung Black Families In Baltimore

Margot Lee Shetterly's next book will focus on the Adamses and Murphys, two influential Black families in mid-20th century Baltimore.

After Changing the Rules of Engagement, Senate Republicans Vote Neil Gorsuch Onto the U.S. Supreme Court

Racial justice, women's rights and LGBTQ organizations react to the confirmation of the 113th justice with alarm.

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MLK's Revolutionary Speech, 'Beyond Vietnam' Turned 50. Here's How It's Relevant to Our Current Crazy

April 4 is significant for two reasons: On April 4, 1967 we see the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King making his first antiwar speech, "Beyond Vietnam." On April 4, 1968, King is assassinated. We talked to veteran activist and King scholar Rev. Osagyefo Sekou about what that speech means today. and why King's legacy cannot be reduced to "I Have a Dream."

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WATCH: Black Teens Honor Legacy of Maya Angelou on Her Birthday

The groundbreaking poet would be 89 years old today.

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Library of Congress Acquires Archive of Civil Rights Movement Photos

Bob Adelman's photos of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and other racial justice figures from the 1960s onward will now be part of the Library's collection. 

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15 Beautiful Moments From Native Nations Rise [PHOTOS]

Thousands of Indigenous people and allies descended on Washington, D.C., last week for the three-day Native Nations Rise convening and mass march. Photographer and digital storyteller Ayşe Gürsöz captured the whole thing.  

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A New Subscription Service Aims to Give White Allies a Way to Do More Than Rocking Safety Pins

Created by two Black women activists, The Safety Pin Box is a monthly service for White allies meant to replace the symbolic gesture of wearing a safety pin with tasks and financial contributions to Black women.

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Yes, Ben Carson Really Did Call Enslaved Africans 'Immigrants' Who 'Worked Even Harder for Less'

No. This isn't from The Onion, Funny or Die or "Drunk History.'' The retired African-American neurosurgeon and current HUD secretary did, in fact, describe enslaved Africans as "immigrants" with dreams of American prosperity.

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Actor and Activist Danny Glover on Why He's Marching With Black Nissan Workers

Danny Glover, Bernie Sanders and NAACP president Cornell Brooks will participate in a massive march with Canton, Mississippi, Nissan factory workers trying to unionize. Glover sat down with Colorlines to talk about the Nissan issue, his alliance with Sanders and why race should never, ever trump class.