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ICYMI: Cynthia Erivo Responds to 'Harriet' Casting Critiques

The British actress faced backlash on social media from people who said her new lead role in the upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic should have gone to an African-American actress.

Harriet Tubman, Cynthia Erivo. Two Black women. One in black in white, wearing a dark-colored dress with a white collar. The other in color wearing a gauzy peach shirt over a multicolored dress

Cynthia Erivo to Play Harriet Tubman in New Biopic

Kasi Lemmons will direct the film, which follows the life and work of the legendary abolitionist.

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#TBT: Remembering Louis E. Lomax, America's First Black TV Newsman

Lomax broke the television news color barrier in 1958.

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Listen to This Show About the Enduring Strength of the Black National Anthem

Beyoncé’s Coachella performance may have introduced “Lift Every Voice and Sing” to a new audience, but the song maintains more than a century of deep ties to African-Americans’ struggle against racism.

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Was It Racist for Facebook to Take Down a Page Opposing the 'Unite the Right 2' March?

Facebook says it took down the “Say No to Unite the Right 2-DC” event page because of its ties to a Russian troll farm. Black Lives Matter DC activist April Goggans calls b.s. 

Mary G. Ross on a Google Doodle. Brown woman in a green dress, white pearls, with her face surrounded by a yellow and orange star with green trim. A gray satellite, starry space and Earth are behind her

Google Doodle Honors Mary G. Ross, First Native American Female Engineer

The pioneering aeronautical engineer helped design concepts for space travel to Venus and Mars.

Joey Gibson: A White with a beard wearing his campaign t-shirt cheers

Will Independent Trumpists Ride Again?

Plagued by infighting and cancelled gigs, the alt-right has been quiet lately. But as we approach the first anniversary of the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, some groups are back in the streets.

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The Schomburg Acquires Lost Chapter of Malcolm X Biography

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture purchased the unpublished section of “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” titled “The Negro,” at auction for $7,000.

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Family, Supporters Raise $300,000 for Ida B. Wells Memorial

The donations will allow the construction of a monument to the racial justice activist and journalist in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood.

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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.

John Lewis. Black man holds small booklet with "The Constitution of the United States" on the front.

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.”

 A grid of summer books with titles like "sick," "if they come for us," "we built the wall," "assata taught me," and more

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.