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READ: How Hoover's FBI Targeted Black-Owned Bookstores

In his drive to crush advocacy in the Black community, J. Edgar Hoover, surveilled Black bookstores across the country.

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New Podcast Chronicles Internment of Japanese Americans

American Public Media podcast “Order 9066” takes its name from the executive order that authorized the forced relocation of tens of thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II.

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Harvard Library Acquires Angela Davis' Archives

The papers and artifacts that Davis sold to the Schlesinger Library include an FBI “Wanted” poster and a diary she kept while on trial. 

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Civil Rights Groups Blast Sessions for Praising Sheriffs as Part of 'Anglo-American Heritage'

Racial justice groups pan attorney general as “racist” and frame his comments within the historical context of law enforcement in Black communities.

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#TBT: How Harry McAlpin Broke the White House Press Corps Color Barrier

The White House Correspondents’ Association barred the Black journalist for decades.

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New Book Breaks Down the History of African American and Latinx People Joining Forces to Fight Racism

In “An African American and Latinx History of the United States,” historian Paul Ortiz illuminates how Black and Brown people built cross-border, multi-ethnic solidarity movements to resist imperialism, achieve civil rights and ultimately shape the course of history. 

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Celebrate Jackie Robinson's Words and Actions on His 99th Birthday

The son of Georgia sharecroppers would become one of the most famous advocates for racial equity in sports. 

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[INFOGRAPHIC] The Trump Immigration Doctrine: Hostile. Racist. Divisive

A by-the-numbers guide to the ways in which the Trump administration is systematically attacking American immigration. 

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Civil Rights Strategist and Activist Wyatt Tee Walker Dies

Walker worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the 1960s.

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How the GOP is Using the Budget Process to Destroy Immigration as We Know It [OPINION]

Rinku Sen argues that the Congressional budget process is just a tool for the GOP to reach its ultimate goal—a radical reordering of 50 years of immigration policy that is transparent in its hostility toward immigrants of color.

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For a Conscious Black Child of the '80s, Hugh Masekela Brought Lightness to the Heavy Anti-Apartheid Movement

Being a kid during the anti-apartheid movement meant learning, in real time, that the oppression of Black people was global. Akiba Solomon gives thanks for the joy and lightness that the father of South African jazz brought to an intense international struggle. 

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Energy Democracy: People Power for a Cleaner Planet [OPINION]

By putting power—literally—in the hands of the people, “energy democracy” could have potentially game-changing benefits for low-income people and communities of color. 

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Malkia Cyril Explains Exactly Why the Loss of Net Neutrality Matters—and What's Next

The veteran media justice organizer, who vows to see the FCC in court, forecasts a future of ”pay-for-play” internet, higher prices and de facto censorship. 

U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones, wearing a suit, sits at a table with a Black man in a fisherman's hat, a Black woman in a black wool hat and a Black man wearing a black and black khaki striped shirt

Black Alabamans Appreciate Your Thanks. Now Give Us the Power.

Doug Jones won the special senate election in Alabama because Black folks used our own homegrown tools that we have been building and refining for many years. It’s past time to substantially invest in Black political organizing infrastructure in the South.

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Two New Mississippi Museums Explore the State's Troubled Past

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History will open this weekend to mark the state’s bicentennial.

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Faith Leaders Revive MLK's 'Poor People's Campaign' 50 Years Later

Faith leaders around the country are recreating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s mass mobilization of working-class people.

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62 Years Ago: Rosa Parks Refused to Give Up Her Bus Seat, Inspiring the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Parks’ resistance kicked off the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which TV One depicts in the new trailer for “Behind the Movement.”

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Four Centuries After the First Thanksgiving, the Mashpee Wampanoag Fight to Reclaim Their Language

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, whose ancestors dined with Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving, created a language immersion school to preserve its heritage.

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National Trust Launches Initiative to Preserve Black History Sites

The African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund plans to raise $25 million toward restoration and community outreach efforts for overlooked historical sites with connections to Black history.

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Artist Recreates Rebellion of Enslaved People for New Project

Dread Scott and arts organization Antenna launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund “Slave Rebellion Reenactment,” an epic performance piece that imagines what one of America’s largest uprisings would look like in contemporary Louisiana.