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A White man in sunglasses and a White shirt makes a slashing motion across his neck during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia

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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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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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.

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53 Years Ago: Malcolm X Pledged Worldwide Black Liberation 'By Any Means Necessary'

He said those famous words while launching Organization of Afro-American Unity, which sought to empower the African diaspora to fight White supremacy and colonialism.

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READ: Why Health Care is a Civil Right

Vann R. Newkirk II breaks down the ways the fight for racial equity intersects with the fight for access to health care.

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Students Honor Emmett Till by Posting Tributes on Vandalized Mississippi Sign

Students with the St. Louis-based Cultural Leadership organization offered their own fix for the vandalized sign.

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Young Thurgood Marshall Tackles Northern Racism in New 'Marshall' Trailer

The Reginald Hudlin-directed movie stars Chadwick Boseman as Marshall during his time at the NAACP.

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Celebrating Juneteenth with Remembrance and Resistance

How will you commemorate—and further—Black liberation?

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This Interactive Website Maps Lynchings in Jim Crow America

The Equal Justice Initiative’s Lynching in America website lets users view lynchings by state and see video testimonals from the descendants of racial terror victims.

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New Report Shines Light on Early Campaigns Against Chinese Entrepreneurs

White-led city governments and labor unions across the country pushed laws through the late 1800s and early 1900s to restrict Chinese-American restaurateurs.

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The Growing Alliance Between Neo-Nazis, Right Wing Paramilitaries and Trumpist Republicans

In anticipation of Saturday’s March Against Sharia events nationwide, researcher and journalist Spencer Sunshine chronicles the major moments of a violent new movement he’s dubbed “Independent Trumpism.”

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Celebrate Gwendolyn Brooks' Legacy With This Cleverly Animated Short

The Poetry Foundation recognizes the first Black Pulitzer-winning poet on what would be her 100th birthday with an animated version of her 1959 poem, “We Real Cool.”

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Black Leaders Fight to Remove Arizona's Confederate Monuments

Part of the state was a Confederate territory with legalized slavery. Black community activists want to remove monuments commemorating that history.

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It's Been 96 Years Since White Mobs Destroyed Tulsa's Black Wall Street

The Oklahoma city’s Greenwood neighborhood was one of the country’s most affluent Black neighborhoods until racists decimated it and killed hundreds of residents.

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Nearly 85 Years Later, Tuskegee Study's Descendants Still Seek Justice

Relatives of the Black men deceived into the deadly syphilis experiment gather each year to honor their ancestors. The Associated Press documented this year’s meeting—and the group’s ongoing class-action lawsuit.

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'Most Endangered Places' List Celebrates Little Rock Central High, Other Preservation Successes

For the 30th anniversary of the list, the National Trust for Historic Preservation highlights 11 once-threatened locations, including several central to communities of color.

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#TBT: The First Freedom Ride Headed South 56 Years Ago

Congress of Racial Equality activists boarded buses to New Orleans, risking violence from White mobs and law enforcement to demand an end to legal segregation.

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Your Henrietta Lacks Reading List

Join the conversation surrounding the premiere of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” with these articles and books that illuminate the history and legacy of the uncompensated foremother of modern health research.

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New Orleans Removes First of Four Confederate Statues

Mayor Mitch Landrieu: “We can remember these divisive chapters in our history in a museum or other facility where they can be put in context—and that’s where these statues belong.”

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#TBT: 144 Years Since Reconstruction's Deadliest Massacre

White supremacist paramilitary members killed dozens of Black militia members in the 1873 Colfax Massacre.