History

How One American Muslim Woman's Instinct Led to the Uncovering One of the Largest FBI Probes in U.S. History

In her new documentary, “The Feeling of Being Watched,” journalist Assia Boundaoui sought to find evidence for the paranoia she felt growing up in her Arab-American hometown. She ended up uncovering one of the largest counterterrorism investigations in United States history. 

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Watch the Electrifying Conclusion of Dr. King's Final Speech

King celebrated the ongoing fight for social and racial equity during his famed “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech in Memphis.

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It's Our Job to Finish Dr. Martin Luther King's Economic Justice Work [Opinion]

On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner reflects on the critical income inequality work he supported and our urgent need to finish it. 

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WATCH: 'Rise Up' Goes Behind the Scenes of Key Civil Rights Movement Campaigns

The upcoming HISTORY documentary special explores the moments that dismantled legal segregation.

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WATCH: Linda Brown on How She Remade the Nation's Education System

Celebrate the life of the civil rights icon at the center of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.

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A Very Serious Roundup of Race-Focused Books Coming Out This Spring

Transition into spring with this cross-section of titles.

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EXCERPT: Dr. Mary Frances Berry on How History Repeats Itself

In this selection from her new book, “History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times,” Berry recounts the civil rights war activists waged under President Ronald Reagan—and it sounds very familiar….

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Critics Say National Geographic's Attempt to 'Rise Above' Its 'Racist' Past Falls Short

They argue that the magazine’s new special issue on race relies on old habits. 

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Unions Helped Build the Black Middle Class. The Wealthy's Political Lackeys Are Out to Gut It. [OPINION]

As the Supreme Court considers the future of unions in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, Color of Change’s Rashad Robinson examines how racism conspires to keep workers of color from uniting to reach their full potential.

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After 20 Years of Solo Protest, a Texas Man is Thisclose to Toppling a Confederate Monument

Persistence is resistance.

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The Final Fire: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Kerner Commission [OPINION]

The Kerner Commission concluded that unrest in cities across the country was the result of unaddressed racial and economic injustice. What has—and hasn’t—changed in the last 50 years?

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The Kerner Report Called for More Black Journalists. Major Newsrooms Remain a 'White Man's World' [OPINION]

When the Kerner Commission indicted U.S. journalism for its misrepresentation of Black communities in 1968, the report called on media companies to hire, train and promote Black journalists. FAIR program director Janine Jackson argues that corporate media is still failing to confront its own racism.

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Meet Maria Moreno: The First Farm Worker Woman in America To Be Hired As A Union Organizer

A new documentary tells the story of the migrant mother of 12 children who was the first female farm worker in America elected to represent her peers.

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50 Years After the Landmark Kerner Report Called Out Media Racism, the Power Structure Persists [OPINION]

Created to study the urban rebellions of 1967, the Kerner Commission revealed in 1968 how racist media played a role. As the Kerner report turns 50, Free Press’ Joseph Torres argues that large media companies continue to uphold White supremacy. 

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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.