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Celebrating Ida B. Wells On Her Birthday

Today marks the trailblazing journalist and activist’s 156th birthday. Here’s why her work still resonates through media, activism and history—and what is being done to memorialize a life well lived.

Feds reopen investigation into Emmett Till's death.

Department of Justice Reopens Investigation Into Slaying of Emmett Till

Citing new information in the case, the federal government will again examine the 1955 killing of the Black 14-year-old boy in Mississippi.

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Reflections From the Historic Protecting Mother Earth Conference [PHOTO ESSAY]

Hundreds of Native climate justice activists came to Washington State’s Frank’s Landing to share lessons, celebrate victories and build unity.

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An Education: Today Marks 150th Anniversary of 14th Amendment

As President Donald Trump prepares to announce his Supreme Court nominee, here’s why the amendment’s promise of “equal protection of the laws” still matters.

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Civil Rights Act of 1964 Turns 54 Amid Threats to Justice

Read the act, which put in place protections against discrimination based on “race, color, religion, sex or national origin.”

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How Frederick Douglass Challenged the Hypocrisy of Independence Day

“What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days of the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is a constant victim.”

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The Must-Read Race and Culture Books of the Summer

From memoirs to poetry to fiction, these titles will deepen your understanding of what’s going on, inspire activism and even entertain the kids.

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Smithsonian Unveils Indigenous Artist's Winning Plan for Veterans' Memorial

The National Museum of the American Indian chose Cheyenne & Arapaho artist Harvey Pratt’s design, which draws on a circle motif of life and death.

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New Exhibit Tackles Jim Crow Repression and Resistance

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow is the first of several upcoming New-York Historical Society exhibits dedicated to Black culture and history.

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Indigenous Hospital, Home of Formerly Enslaved Man Added to List of Endangered Sites

The National Trust for Historic Preservation features sites of historic and cultural importance to Black, Indigenous, Latinx and Carribean communities on its 2018 list of the “11 Most Endangered Historic Places.”

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ICYMI: Charleston Officially Apologizes for Role in Trade of Enslaved Africans

Nearly half of all Africans sold into bondage in the United States came through Charleston. The city council aimed to account for that history with a resolution passed on Juneteenth.

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LISTEN: Celebrate Juneteenth With Jenifer Lewis

On the 153rd anniversary of Juneteenth, the “Black-ish” actress discusses the importance of learning the full scope of American history.

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Family Auctions Rosa Parks' Restored Detroit Home

The house is part of a larger auction of rare artifacts of Black history, which includes Alex Haley’s manuscript for “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” and The Jackson Five’s first professional record contract.

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Remember the Tulsa 'Black Wall Street' Massacre Through Its Last Known Survivor

“They tried to destroy every Black business, school and church.”

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Dear America: Linda Sarsour Has Advice for Some of Us Who Are Brave

In the aftermath of Israeli soldiers killing more than 60 Palestinian protestors on Monday, the Palestinian-American organizer urges “brave Americans” to “choose to be on the right side of 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 [OP-ED]

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.