Barbara Ransby

Ella Taught Me: Shattering the Myth of the Leaderless Movement

by Barbara Ransby on Jun 12, 2015 1:56PM

It’s in vogue to call the new movement to end police violence against black civilians leaderless. Historian and veteran activist Barbara Ransby argues that it has many leaders in the Ella Baker tradition—and that Twitter won't save us. 


Topics: Police Violence, Labor, History, Media, Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Gender & Sexuality

A Political Obituary of Nelson Mandela

by Barbara Ransby on Dec 6, 2013 12:30PM

Historian and author Barbara Ransby reflects on the anti-apartheid protests that became some of the defining social movements of the 20th century.

Topics: Mandela's Legacy, Politics, History, Global Affairs

The 1963 March on Washington in Photos

by Barbara Ransby on Aug 23, 2013 7:20AM

Historian and author Barbara Ransby takes us beyond "I Have a Dream."

Topics: March on Washington, History

Why We, as Women of Color, Join the Call for Divestment From Israel

by Barbara Ransby on Jul 13, 2011 9:53AM

On the heels of a controversial new Israeli law challenging boycotts, a group of feminist women of color describe their visit to Palestine and explain their call for divestment.

Topics: Global Affairs

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

by Barbara Ransby on Jan 14, 2011 9:51AM

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

Topics: History, MLK Day

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

by Barbara Ransby on Sep 15, 2010 10:46AM

Government snoops were always close confidants.

Topics: National Security, History

Henry Louis Gates' Dangerously Wrong Slave History

by Barbara Ransby on May 3, 2010 12:00PM

The celebrity academic's New York Times editorial is not only a disservice to history, it comes at exactly the wrong time in our discourse on race.

Topics: History