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A young woman in a royal blue hijab smiles while being interviewed at the Women's March on Washington

[VIDEO] How Kids, Women and Men of Color Showed Up for the Women's March on Washington

At the massive, historic gathering in D.C. we found expressions of resistance, determination and even joy. 

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At the Women's March on Washington I Realized That My People Are My Lighthouse

I've been paralyzed by fear since Donald Trump was elected president. Here's how an over-capacity, hectic march with half a million people in Washington, D.C., this weekend made things a little bit better. 

The black and gray silhouette of a person wearing a hoodie is the backdrop of text that asks affected communities about how they feel about Trump taking office.

[VIDEO] Million Hoodies for Justice Has an Inauguration Day Message for the Anxious Masses

Today the youth leaders are talking to you, not President Trump.

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''I Am Not Your Negro' Director Raoul Peck on James Baldwin's Legacy

The Haitian filmmaker's new documentary weaves the compelling story of Black resistance from the 1950s to present using Baldwin's unfinished "Remember This House" manuscript as its guide.

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How I Met the Real Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s image has been flattened into that of a non-threatening dreamer. But the truth is, he was a politically radical thinker who not only fought for racial justice but for restructuring the economic order in this country.

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Deciding to Lead With Love, Despite an Enraging Political Climate

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. teaches us that leading with love is a decision rather than a naturally occurring phenomenon. In this hostile political moment, commit to practicing a love that makes room for anger but not for contempt.  

 
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LIVESTREAM: David Oyelowo, Q-Tip and More Honor Dr. King's Legacy at 'MLK Now 2017'

Blackout for Human Rights and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement's second "MLK Now" event airs live from Harlem's Riverside Church at 2 p.m. EST. 

A Black woman protester wearing a black coat is pushed out of a Senate office building by a White policeman

When and Where to Watch Senate Confirmation Hearings for Trump's Cabinet Picks

A flurry of Senate confirmation hearings for Trump's cabinet nominees are happening this week. Here's when and where to watch.

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New Book Collects Frederick Douglass' Brooklyn Speeches

Historian and writer Theodore Hamm gathered some of the abolitionist leader's seminal speeches and lectures for "Frederick Douglass in Brooklyn," which debuted yesterday.

The 16 Black Panthers Still Behind Bars

Black Panther alumni celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Party in 2016. In this informal census we present the names of those who are still in prison, who were recently released and who died while incarcerated.

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Women of the Black Panther Party Reflect on Today's Struggle, Staying Engaged and Why Trump's Win Might be a Good Thing

The Black Panther Party just closed out its 50th anniversary year. On this occasion, the Intersectional Black Panther Party History Project spoke with Panther women about leadership, electoral politics and what we should be doing today.

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Words and Wisdom From Trailblazers Who Passed in 2016

The year 2016 took a range of artists, thinkers, leaders and activists of color from the world. Herewith, a tribute featuring their own words.

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'Paris is Burning,' 'Putney Swope' Among Films Selected for National Film Registry

The Library of Congress also selected "Blackboard Jungle" and the historical films of Solomon Sir Jones for preservation.

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PBS to Air Doc on Black Editor Who Fought Original 'The Birth of a Nation'

William Monroe Trotter's battle against D.W. Griffith's notorious film forms the basis of "Birth of a Movement," which features contributions from Spike Lee and Henry Louis Gates Jr.

In his signature green military fatigues Fidel Castro makes a speech at a Havana podium in 2004.

Why I'm Neither Celebrating Nor Mourning the Passing of Fidel Castro

Sheriden M. Booker, an African-American scholar with deep ties to Cuba through her studies, relationships and religion, explains why she's ambivalent about Fidel Castro's legacy. 

A young Muslim man wearing a black hoodie and a young woman wearing a hijab hold up signs that say "Islam is peace" and "We not a terrorist"

We Have Been Here Before

Even though our Muslim-, South Asian- and Arab-American communities have been confronting and surviving backlash and criminalization in the 15 years since 9/11, our lives, identities and futures are at stake like never before. 

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That Time George Takei and Grandma Satako Saved Thanksgiving

A Donald Trump surrogate recently compared the president-Elect's Muslim registry plan to Japanese-American internment during World War II. Contributor Sophie Sarkar reflects on this political moment through a heartwarming story about her grandmother meeting fellow internee George Takei after a Thanksgiving showing of his Broadway musical, "Allegiance."

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Exactly Who Trump Insider Steve Bannon Hates, in His Own Words

The Trump administration strategist is a renaissance man of hatred.

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Trump PAC Spokesperson Cites Japanese Internment Camps as Precedent for Muslim Registry

Carl Higbie: “I know the ACLU is going to challenge it, but I think it will pass. We’ve done it with Iran back a while ago. We did it during World War II with Japanese.”

A group of smiling young women raise their arms during a breathing exercise at a session of the Facing Race National Conference

Trump Reminds Us the Racial Justice Movement Is Growing

Backlash only exists when we are making progress, so let’s keep going.