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Joseph Vaughn. Black student wears a cardiagan and stands outside with books in hand in black and white photo.

Furman University to Honor First Black Student

The school voted unanimously to erect a statue in honor of Joseph Vaughn and review its mission and vision with an eye toward inclusivity.

Clotilda. A weathered, shipwrecked boat lies on its side on a rocky shore with green bushes behind it.

Last-Known Slave Ship Discovered

Nearly 160 years after the Clotilda brought the last kidnapped Africans to the shores of the United States, researchers have located the ship’s remains.

Shining little Black faces look at the camera as childen sit at wooden desks in a classroom. Photo is black and white.

Why We Can't Afford to Leave Race Out of School Funding Conversations [Op-Ed]

On the 65th anniversary of the ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility senior fellow Roseann Liu breaks down why it’s imperative to call out racism when advocating for fair school funding.

Three Native American women, standing, full-length, facing front, holding beaded(?) bags, Warm Springs Indian Reservation, Wasco County, Oregon.

Smithsonian Highlights How Transcontinental Railroad Impacted Native Americans

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center delves into how the railroad—largely constructed by Chinese immigrants—added to the destruction of Native American lands, livelihood and sovereignty.

Nailed It. A row of colorful pointed nails with gems.

New Doc Peeks Inside Nail Salons' Booming Business

“Nailed It” explores the industry’s history and connection to the Vietnamese-American community.

Stonewall Inn with pride flags and plaque showing memorial.

New Exhibit Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Stonewall Uprising

The Brooklyn Museum highlights the work of 22 LGBTQ artists.

three book covers side by side the first is as the fire grows by Dina Gilio-Whitacker, second Fearing the Black Body by Sabrina Strings and third Superior by Angela Saini

#ColorlinesReads: Get Some Perspective With These 5 Books

These engaging titles unravel myths surrounding resistance movements, settler colonialism and racist pseudoscience.

Jean-Michel Basquiat art of colorful skull head and two workers holding painting on each side.

New Exhibit to Center Jean-Michel Basquiat's Identity and Activism

The Guggenheim Museum will mount “Defacement”: The Untold Story, which explores Basquiat’s formative years as an artist and activist in 1980s NYC.

The city of Flint Water Plant is illuminated by moonlight on Jan. 23, 2016, in Flint, Michigan. The state approved new funds for the city yesterday.

From Notre Dame to Flint, Our Giving Exposes Who We Are [Op-Ed]

Writer Wei Jia and Project South’s Azadeh Shahshahani explore why the cathedral is being rebuilt by billionaires, but—five years after the water crisis began—Flint still doesn’t have safe water.

Side view of a monument in a park next to city street

Brooklyn's Newest Monument Honors Shirley Chisholm

Chisholm repped Bed-Stuy in Congress. Now, she finally gets her hometown props.

Pulitzers Honor Work of Three Black Icons

Aretha Franklin wins a history-making honor, and works that explore the lived experiences of Frederick Douglass and Alain Locke snag the coveted prize.

Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell. Large sepia-tone image of Henson's face in profile, color image of Rockwell's full body in a tan jacket and denim shirt, smoking a cigarette

On 'The Best of Enemies': Hollywood Must Stop Using Black People as Narrative Devices

Tambay Obenson writes that the film relegates Black people to “supporting roles in their own fight for freedom and recognition.”

Henry Louis Gates Jr. A Black man with a blue jacket and gray beard stands outside with green lawn behind him.

Henry Louis Gates Explores Reconstruction Via New Docuseries and Book

“Reconstruction: America After the Civil War” begins with the exuberant hope that accompanied the end of the war and ends with the hard realities of Jim Crow.

Martin Luther King at a podium

New Podcast 'Voices of a Movement' Brings Legendary Civil Rights Era Stories to Life

 “Some of them are names you know, some aren’t—but all of them have stories that need to be told while they’re still here to tell them,” say the podcast’s creators. 

Two rows of four book covers including the collected schizophrenias, pleasure activism, how we fight white supremacy, halal if you hear me, thick, we live for the we, the good immigrant and our history is the future

10 Books by Writers of Color That Embrace Self-Love, Resilience and Authenticity

From poetry to memoir, self-help to commentary, let these spring reads enrich your mind and spirit.

Yoruba Richen. Black woman smiles in red jacket and black and grey blouse and green lanyard with white text in front of brown lights and walls

New Documentary Illuminates 'Green Book' History That Hollywood Tried to Erase

Filmmaker Yoruba Richen’s “The Green Book: Guide to Freedom” catalogs the history of Victor Hugo Green’s project, which “has been distorted and ignored” by pop culture. 

A one-level light brick and mint green house sits on a green lawn with a blue sky and green trees around it

People of Color Benefit From New Public Lands Protection Bill

With bipartisan support, the Senate passed a measure that includes provisions aimed at Indigenous and African Americans. 

Sojourner Truth. Illustration of Black woman in yellow shirt and green and white dress and white headwrap leading Black women in multicolored clothing in front of green shrubs and pink house and sky and white text that spells "GOOGLE."

Google Doodle Honors Sojourner Truth's Legacy

Loveis Wise illustrated the abolitionist for Black History Month.

Chinonye Chukwu and Elaine Brown. Black-and-white images of two Black women in front of grey backgrounds in black and white clothes

Chinonye Chukwu to Direct Elaine Brown Biopic, 'A Taste of Power'

The former Black Panther Party leader will executive produce the adaptation of her autobiography.

Black pesron holds blue and white sign the reads, "Keep abortion legal."

How the Promise of Roe v. Wade Left Women of Color Behind [OP-ED]

Roe has never been full of promise for women of color, immigrant women and women with low incomes. But if the Trump administration gets its way, we have the most to lose.