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Time to Pull Out Your Asian-American Family's Home Movies

Forget the faux-retro Instagram filters. We’re talking legitimately old footage.

What Is Alabama's Problem With the Voting Rights Act?

The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in a case that could deeply gut the historic law. To understand where this is going, it’s crucial to know how we got here.

The Unique Importance of This Year's International Women's Day

While Washington squabbles over the right to control female bodies, women around the globe have long been fighting back, speaking up, and creating change.

Public viewing for Etta James in Los Angeles

A public viewing for the late Etta James will be held at Inglewood Cemetery Mortuary on Friday

A Political Obituary of Etta James

James’s personal and artistic journey has a lot to teach us about the shifting politics of race, class and feminist politics over the course of the last half century. Kenyon Farrow explores the late icon’s history.

W.E.B. DuBois's Color Line From 1900, in Visuals

Sociology students from Atlanta University created the graphs for Exposition Universelle in Paris.

Mapping America's Brutal Past, and Humanity's Capacity for Revolt

An 1860 census of the American South reveals much more than the region’s demography.

Remembering MLK: The Things We've Forgotten Would Guide Us

Civil rights historian Barbara Ransby says we are all King’s political heirs.

Rachel Maddow Breaks Down How the Racist Political Past is Present

We’re still living out the Southern Strategy Republicans dreamed up in the 1960s.

Isabel Wilkerson Talks About Generations of Black Immigrants

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author discusses her definitive new study of the Great Migration with ColorLines.

Charges That a Civil Rights Hero Was an FBI Spy Shouldn't Shock Us

Government snoops were always close confidants.

Fall Reading List: From Border Kids to the Great Migration

NPR’s Michele Norris mines her past, a historian brings black migration to life, a kid finds his deported mom, plus Edwidge Danticat, Charlie Chan and more.

King's Movement Was More Interested in Justice Than Harmony

A look at real message in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Glenn Beck's MLK Dream is Perverse, But What's Our Vision?

Beck and the right have been the loudest national voices on race for too long.

The 90th Anniversary of a Women's Right to Vote

The movements for women’s rights and racial justice have a long, intertwined history.

45th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act

A look back at the historic blow for racial justice.