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Maria Moreno. Black and white photo of Latinx woman with dark hair wearing checkered shirt.

Film Explores Legacy of Activist Maria Moreno

“Adios Amor: The Search for Maria Moreno” tells the forgotten story of America’s first woman to organize farm workers into a union.

Pua Case. A portrait of a middle age woman wearing a headband and a fabric wrap

Inside the Native Hawaiian Fight to Save Mauna Kea, The Tallest Mountain in the World [Photo Essay]

After nearly a decade of opposition by natives of Hawai’i and allies, the construction of a massive and destructive telescope on Mauna a Wākea is moving forward. Here, stories and words from kiaʻi (protectors) of this sacred mountain at the center of Hawai’i Island life.

Rosa Parks. Black woman in Barbie doll form and a black and white photo.

Barbie Debuts Rosa Parks Doll

“We hope girls will be inspired to pursue their dreams.”

Althea Gibson. Black and white photo of Black woman dressed in white playing tennis.

New Statue Honors Tennis Great Althea Gibson

“In our sport of tennis, she was the one that really broke the color barrier. She is the Jackie Robinson of tennis.”

"Touching History." Black person dressed in white protective gear works on the floor restoring a window.

HBCU Students Help Restore Historic Sites Tied to Black Activism

Touching History: Preservation in Practice is a partnership between HBCUs, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the National Park Service (NPS) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Black pilgrims. A group of Black people with heads down and hands up in prayer.

Descendants of Enslaved Visit Ghana to Memorialize Kidnapped Ancestors

Four hundred years after the forced arrival of 20 Africans in what would become the United States, hundreds of descendants traveled from Jamestown Virginia to the Jamestown district of Accra, Ghana.

"The 1619 Project." White text on a black background.

The 1619 Project Centers the Enslaved, Rethinks Story of America

“It aims to reframe the country’s history…placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.”

Sleep Brown and Big Boi. FunkJazz Kafe Festival.

Jason Orr On How Black Music Can Change the World

As the FunkJazz Kafe Arts and Music Festival celebrates 25 years, founder Jason Orr talks to Colorlines about music, Black culture and why it’s important to live beyond labels.

Melissa McKinnies and Danye Jones. Black woman and Black boy sit next to each other and smile.

Activist Melissa McKinnies on the Mike Brown Rebellion—And the Lynching of Her Son Danye

Melissa McKinnies was a Ferguson uprising fixture. It’s for this reason that the St. Louis mother believes that one of her sons was lynched in their backyard. Here are her words.

Idris Elba. Black man with short dark hair wearing dark gray jacket, black shirt and black tie.

Idris Elba Leads All-Star Cast for Black Cowboys Movie

The true story of Philadelphia’s “Concrete Cowboys” gallops onto the big screen.

Michael Brown Jr. A drawing of a Black boy wearing headphones on a brown background

Missing Mike-Mike: Michael Brown Sr. Reflects on the 5 Years Since His Son Became a Political Symbol

Before Michael Brown Jr. became an international symbol of racialized police violence, he was an 18-year-old who cracked jokes, made music and planned for his future. Here, a deeply personal reflection by his dad on the fifth anniversary of his killing.

Slavery reparations rally. Black 6-year-old girl stands in front of pro-reparations signs.

The Who, What and How of Reparations for Slavery

A new online “Reparations Toolkit” gives a detailed breakdown of why Black people deserve this financial payback.

A Palestinian woman in a blue hijab stands before the ruins of her home.

The House Resolution Condemning Palestinian Human Rights Movement is Blatantly Wrong [OP-ED]

The U.S. House passed a resolution this week condemning the peaceful Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement for Palestinian rights. Here’s what’s wrong about that decision. 

Black person in dark top holds copy of Ebony high in their left hand. The cover features Barack Obama and reads "In our lifetime."

Foundations Unite to Purchase Ebony and Jet Archives

“This archive is a national treasure and one of tremendous importance to the telling of Black history in America.”

A black and white photo of Frantz Fanon

Frantz Fanon's Daughter to Michigan Prisons: Take 'Black Skin, White Masks' Off the Banned Book List

The Michigan state prison system has banned Frantz Fanon’s seminal race theory book “Black Skin, White Masks” from its libraries. Here’s how legal experts and his daughter, Mireille Fanon-Mendès, are fighting to get the classic back into prisoners’ hands. 

Cynthia Erivo and Janelle Monáe. Two Black women dressed in 1800s-styled clothing and holding a gun.

Watch the Trailer for 'Harriet'

The iconic abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor hits the big screen.

Mauna Kea protestors. Black and white image of crowd with main shot of man with back to camera.

WATCH: The 50-Year History of Mismanagement at Hawai'i's Mauna Kea

In just six minutes, this film provides context for the recent protests at the sacred site.

An Apache man puts on a red headress

For the Millionth Time, We Are Not 'All Immigrants'

People keep using the false rhetoric of “we are all immigrants” when denouncing American racism and xenophobia. Use this vintage piece by scholar and revolutionary Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz to debunk this notion for good.

Colorful covers of six books.

#ColorlinesReads: 6 Books That Complicate the Idea of 'Independence'

In lieu of celebrating “Independence Day,” we present a selection of titles that explore the idea of liberation via the lives, poetry, history and art of people of color.

Three Native American men from the Sioux Tribe wearing Ghost Dance costumes.

Bill Seeks to Rescind Medals Awarded Following Wounded Knee Massacre

“The Medal of Honor is the highest decoration that can be awarded to a U.S. military service member, and it should not be used to legitimize the massacre of innocent civilians.”