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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.

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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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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.

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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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WATCH: William Monroe Trotter Fights D.W. Griffith's Film in ' Birth of a Movement'

The documentary about Trotter, a Black newspaper editor and activist who fought to ban "The Birth of a Nation" in 1910s Boston, is now available to stream.

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Laurence Fishburne and Larenz Tate Resurrect Black History in Star-Studded 'Bronzeville'

The scripted audio series, which features Fishburne and Tate alongside Tika Sumpter and Tracee Ellis Ross, centers on the 1940s underground economy in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood.

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Stanley Nelson Delivers a Fascinating New Documentary About HBCUs

Nelson, director of "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution," is back with an intriguing history of HBCUs, "Tell Them We Are Rising." Here, a day after its Sundance debut, he talks about the triumphs and controversies of these still-essential institutions.

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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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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. 

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WATCH: President Obama Describes His 'Toughest Day' in Office in New Promo

History will air "The 44th President: In His Own Words," on January 15.

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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.

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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.