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Young Thurgood Marshall Tackles Northern Racism in New 'Marshall' Trailer

The Reginald Hudlin-directed movie stars Chadwick Boseman as Marshall during his time at the NAACP.

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Celebrating Juneteenth with Remembrance and Resistance

How will you commemorate—and further—Black liberation?

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This Interactive Website Maps Lynchings in Jim Crow America

The Equal Justice Initiative's Lynching in America website lets users view lynchings by state and see video testimonals from the descendants of racial terror victims.

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New Report Shines Light on Early Campaigns Against Chinese Entrepreneurs

White-led city governments and labor unions across the country pushed laws through the late 1800s and early 1900s to restrict Chinese-American restaurateurs.

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The Growing Alliance Between Neo-Nazis, Right Wing Paramilitaries and Trumpist Republicans

In anticipation of Saturday’s March Against Sharia events nationwide, researcher and journalist Spencer Sunshine chronicles the major moments of a violent new movement he's dubbed “Independent Trumpism.”

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Celebrate Gwendolyn Brooks' Legacy With This Cleverly Animated Short

The Poetry Foundation recognizes the first Black Pulitzer-winning poet on what would be her 100th birthday with an animated version of her 1959 poem, "We Real Cool."

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Black Leaders Fight to Remove Arizona's Confederate Monuments

Part of the state was a Confederate territory with legalized slavery. Black community activists want to remove monuments commemorating that history.

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It's Been 96 Years Since White Mobs Destroyed Tulsa's Black Wall Street

The Oklahoma city's Greenwood neighborhood was one of the country's most affluent Black neighborhoods until racists decimated it and killed hundreds of residents.

Memphis Planned Parenthood Clinic Focusing on Latinx Outreach Opens Next Door to an ICE Office

The organization was aware of ICE's location when they purchased the building, but were under the impression that ICE would be moving.

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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.