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Hidden Figures Way. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, left, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), second from left, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, third from left, and Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the book "Hidden Figures," right.

NASA Dedicates Street to 'Hidden Figures'

NASA honors the Black women who made the first human spaceflight possible. Now, visitors “will forevermore be reminded” of their legacy.

the back of a couple laying on the beach with a multicolored quilt covering them

On Loving Day, a Call to Decolonize Love [Op-Ed]

Fifty two years after the Loving v. Virginia decision, the legalization of interracial marriage has not resulted in a more liberating environment for interracial relationships. To move past legalization and towards liberation, we must decolonize love.

Creek Nation. Man in white cowboy hat, long-sleeve shirt and jeans rides a brown horse with other riders and a tractor trailer in the background

New Podcast Explores Connection Between a Murder and the Fight for Tribal Sovereignty

This Land follows how a 1999 murder paved the way for an upcoming 2019 Supreme Court decision that will decide the land rights of five tribes in Oklahoma.

African Burial Ground and monument. NYC aerial shot.

Pinkster Celebration Has Honored African Ancestors in NYC Since Colonial Times

NYC’s African Burial Ground National Monument will host the “oldest [Black] holiday of the United States.”

Black and white photo of a group of the Black soldiers in their dress uniforms.

Black Soldiers Honored On 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Student April Hill: “It’s so important that this ceremony recognizes the efforts of the Black soldiers—they made such a huge sacrifice, laying down their lives for a country which didn’t recognize their rights as human beings.”

Excelsior Club in Charlotte. White dilapidated building.

Black Historic Sites Top Most Endangered Places List

The National Trust for Historic Preservation says that these sites are in danger of being lost forever.

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.