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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.

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10 Times Trump Hit Peak Phoniness in His Big Speech to Congress [OPINION]

Press have been praising Donald Trump's first joint Congressional address as '"finally presidential" and "positive." Akiba Solomon argues that his huge lies of omission, hypocrisy and revisionist history made the speech nasty business as usual.

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Take the 2017 Colorlines Reader Survey. Then Get Free Stuff!

Please take our first reader survey in many years. There's good music in it for you.

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How to Brace Yourself for an ICE Raid

The Trump administration is making good on the president's campaign promise of rounding up undocumented immigrants en masse. Here are steps you and your loved ones should take before ICE shows up.

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ICYMI: Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Used the Worst Propaganda Ever to Vilify 1.6 Billion Muslims

An alarming video that Flynn quoted and forwarded on Twitter shows the former general's commitment to spreading anti-Muslim propaganda.

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Meet Ernesto Yerena Montejano, the Artist Behind the Ubiquitous 'We the Resilient' Protest Poster

Chicano/Native/Yaqui artist Ernesto Yerena Montejano explores questions of identity, gender norms, politics and spirituality in his vibrant illustrations, prints and collages. Here, an intimate portrait of the man behind the "We the Resilient" image you keep seeing at protests across the country. 

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Yale University Renames College That Bears Name of White Supremacist

After more than a year of student protests, Calhoun College will now be called Hopper College.