History

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Harvard Library Acquires Angela Davis' Archives

The papers and artifacts that Davis sold to the Schlesinger Library include an FBI “Wanted” poster and a diary she kept while on trial. 

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Civil Rights Groups Blast Sessions for Praising Sheriffs as Part of 'Anglo-American Heritage'

Racial justice groups pan attorney general as “racist” and frame his comments within the historical context of law enforcement in Black communities.

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#TBT: How Harry McAlpin Broke the White House Press Corps Color Barrier

The White House Correspondents’ Association barred the Black journalist for decades.

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Celebrate Jackie Robinson's Words and Actions on His 99th Birthday

The son of Georgia sharecroppers would become one of the most famous advocates for racial equity in sports. 

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Two New Mississippi Museums Explore the State's Troubled Past

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History will open this weekend to mark the state’s bicentennial.

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Faith Leaders Revive MLK's 'Poor People's Campaign' 50 Years Later

Faith leaders around the country are recreating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s mass mobilization of working-class people.

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62 Years Ago: Rosa Parks Refused to Give Up Her Bus Seat, Inspiring the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Parks’ resistance kicked off the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which TV One depicts in the new trailer for “Behind the Movement.”

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Four Centuries After the First Thanksgiving, the Mashpee Wampanoag Fight to Reclaim Their Language

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, whose ancestors dined with Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving, created a language immersion school to preserve its heritage.

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National Trust Launches Initiative to Preserve Black History Sites

The African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund plans to raise $25 million toward restoration and community outreach efforts for overlooked historical sites with connections to Black history.

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Artist Recreates Rebellion of Enslaved People for New Project

Dread Scott and arts organization Antenna launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund “Slave Rebellion Reenactment,” an epic performance piece that imagines what one of America’s largest uprisings would look like in contemporary Louisiana.

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Native Activist and AIM Leader Dennis Banks Dies at Age 80

The American Indian Movement co-founder resisted the U.S. government’s oppression of Native people for decades.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Demolishes John Kelly's Claim That 'Lack of Compromise' Caused Civil War

President Donald Trump’s chief of staff also said, “Robert E. Lee was an honorable man.”

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#TBT: Muhammad Ali's Triumphant Return From Boxing Exile

On this day in Atlanta, Ali beat Jerry Quarry in his first fight after the government and boxing world blacklisted him for defying the Vietnam War draft.

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South Carolina State Reps Propose Memorial for Black Confederate Soldiers

Confederate sympathizers have promoted stories about Black Civil War veterans—the vast majority of whom were enslaved peoples, conscripted into Confederate service—since the 1970s.

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Read John Legend's Plea to #SaveUnderground

The show—which followed a group of Black people as they escaped from slavery and then worked to free others—was canceled after two seasons.

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New Biopic Will Explore Life of Former Black Panther Party Chair, Elaine Brown

Brown—the only woman to ever chair the Black Panther Party—will executive produce the film based on her 1992 memoir, “A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story.”

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47 Years Ago: Native Activists Occupied Mount Rushmore to Protest Treaty Violations

In 1970, 23 Native activists scaled the presidential monument and renamed it “Crazy Horse Mountain” in protest of the U.S. government’s control of land it previously granted to the Sioux.

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Emmett Till Was Lynched on This Day in 1955. Martin Luther King Jr. Told The World About His Dream 8 Years Later.

Two landmark moments, forever intertwined with the ongoing quest for Black liberation, took place eight years apart on the same day.

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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.”