History

Not Your Grandmother's Women's Convention

Nine months after the Women’s March, a surprisingly diverse crowd of 5,000 met in Detroit for the inaugural Women’s Convention. Their mission? To transform the energy of the march into strategy, bridge gaps and build power. 

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Native Activist and AIM Leader Dennis Banks Dies at Age 80

The American Indian Movement co-founder resisted the U.S. government’s oppression of Native people for decades.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Demolishes John Kelly's Claim That 'Lack of Compromise' Caused Civil War

President Donald Trump’s chief of staff also said, “Robert E. Lee was an honorable man.”

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#TBT: Muhammad Ali's Triumphant Return From Boxing Exile

On this day in Atlanta, Ali beat Jerry Quarry in his first fight after the government and boxing world blacklisted him for defying the Vietnam War draft.

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South Carolina State Reps Propose Memorial for Black Confederate Soldiers

Confederate sympathizers have promoted stories about Black Civil War veterans—the vast majority of whom were enslaved peoples, conscripted into Confederate service—since the 1970s.

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100,000 U.S. Prisoners Are Trapped in Isolation Units. 'Solitary' Author and Forensic Psychiatrist Terry Kupers Explains Why

In his stark new book, “Solitary: The Inside Story of Supermax Isolation and How We Can Abolish It,” veteran forensic psychiatrist Terry Allen Kupers explores the rise of supermax prisons, the normalization of long-term solitary confinement, and how isolation damages people’s psyches. He talks to Colorlines about  what race has to do with it and more. 

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Gun Control Advocates Cannot Win Without Fighting Their Own Racism [OPINION]

The National Rifle Association uses racism to make people of color the enemy. But the logic that gun control advocates lean on after mass killings—like Sunday’s massacre in Las Vegas—relies on racist assumptions of a different kind. Here’s what they need to challenge to secure meaningful, equitable gun control legislation.

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Read John Legend's Plea to #SaveUnderground

The show—which followed a group of Black people as they escaped from slavery and then worked to free others—was canceled after two seasons.

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New Biopic Will Explore Life of Former Black Panther Party Chair, Elaine Brown

Brown—the only woman to ever chair the Black Panther Party—will executive produce the film based on her 1992 memoir, “A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story.”

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[VIDEO] Arizona Immigration Activist Tomas Robles on the Growing Cancer of Voter Suppression

In the final installment of the five-part video series, “Resistance Maricopa,” LUCHA executive director Tomas Robles explains why voter suppression is a major loss for immigrants. 

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47 Years Ago: Native Activists Occupied Mount Rushmore to Protest Treaty Violations

In 1970, 23 Native activists scaled the presidential monument and renamed it “Crazy Horse Mountain” in protest of the U.S. government’s control of land it previously granted to the Sioux.

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Emmett Till Was Lynched on This Day in 1955. Martin Luther King Jr. Told The World About His Dream 8 Years Later.

Two landmark moments, forever intertwined with the ongoing quest for Black liberation, took place eight years apart on the same day.

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AFSCME President Lee Saunders on the Need for a 'Strong Army' to Advance Economic Justice and Civil Rights

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike by training labor organizers to tackle income inequality and racial disparity via the “I Am 2018” campaign.

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How One Black Woman Celebrated Whiskey's Black Roots When Jack Daniel's Wouldn't

Fawn Weaver thought Jack Daniel’s didn’t give Nathan “Nearest” Green, the enslaved Black man who taught Daniel how to make whiskey, the credit he deserved. So she took matters into her own hands. 

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[PHOTO ESSAY] These 8 Images Sum Up the Absolute Terror of 'Unite the Right' Actions in Charlottesville

White supremacists got into terrifying formation at the “Unite the Right” actions in Charlottesville, Virginia. These images, taken by photo journalist Abdul Aziz, offer an intimate view of the inevitable violence.

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Some Background on Those Violent, White Supremacist 'Unite the Right' Actions in Charlottesville

White nationalism is the big story after today’s violent ”Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville, Virginia. Here’s what we know and some resources to deepen your knowledge about what’s going on. 

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Police Killed Michael Brown 3 Years Ago. Reflections on the Energy and Trauma of the Uprising It Sparked

On August 9, 2014 Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot an unarmed Black 18-year-old named Michael Brown. Ashley Yates was on the ground organizing during the uprising that followed. In this Q&A, writer, activist and artist Ashley Yates talks about facing militarized police daily, healing from burnout, and where the movement should go from here.

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International African American Museum Launches New Center to Trace Black Family Geneology

Center for Family History leader Toni Carrier: ”It’s one thing to walk into a museum and see an exhibit about family history, but it’s quite another thing to possibly walk out of a research center at a museum with your great-grandfather’s marriage record.”

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Dr. Yaba Blay for The Root: Black Hair Conversations That Don't Consider White Supremacy Pathologize Black Women

In the first of a new video series from The Root, ethnographer, producer and professor Yaba Blay makes sense of the race politics and meaning of hair as it grows out of Black women’s scalps.  

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Radio Series Explores Legacy of 1967 Newark Uprising

WNYC’s Rebecca Carroll revisits the history and legacy of the 1967 unrest 50 years later via conversations with a Black family that lived through it—and stayed to uplift the community.