History

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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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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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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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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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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.

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A Very Serious Roundup of Race-Focused Books Coming Out This Spring

Transition into spring with this cross-section of titles.

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EXCERPT: Dr. Mary Frances Berry on How History Repeats Itself

In this selection from her new book, “History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times,” Berry recounts the civil rights war activists waged under President Ronald Reagan—and it sounds very familiar….

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Critics Say National Geographic's Attempt to 'Rise Above' Its 'Racist' Past Falls Short

They argue that the magazine’s new special issue on race relies on old habits. 

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Unions Helped Build the Black Middle Class. The Wealthy's Political Lackeys Are Out to Gut It. [OPINION]

As the Supreme Court considers the future of unions in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, Color of Change’s Rashad Robinson examines how racism conspires to keep workers of color from uniting to reach their full potential.