History

Martin Luther King, Jr. Black and white photo of Black man in front of microphone.

Kansas City to Remove Martin Luther King Jr.'s Name From Street Signs

Reverend Vernon Howard, Jr.: “It is the epitome of White privilege and systemic and structural racism.”

The Apollo. Red theater marquee reads "Apollo."

'The Apollo' Spotlights the History of New York's Most Famous Black Theater

The documentary explores the legacy and impact of the Harlem theater via interviews and archival footage.

Clockwise from top: a rendering of the Legacy Quilt, the Ebony Magazine Test Kitchen in its heyday, the kitchen at MOFAD's gallery space in Brooklyn, where it is being restored.

Exhibit Explores Black Cuisine and Its Influence on America

The Museum Of Food And Drink will debut “African/American: Making The Nation’s Table” in 2020.

"Watchmen." Black woman dressed in all black, mask and cape.

#BlackWallStreet Trends Following Terror-Filled 'Watchmen' Debut

The new HBO show opens with a re-creation of a White mob’s infamous 1921 siege on Tulsa’s thriving Black community.

Richard Samuel Roberts photograph. Black and white photo of Black toddler in a white dress and white socks, sitting on a tricycle.

New Exhibit of Richard Samuel Roberts' Photos Aims to Bring Black History to Life

Harlem South: A View Through the Lens will feature photographs from Roberts, who documented Black lives in the 1920s and 1930s, plus performances inspired by his work.

"The Green Book" cover art (1940) and black and white photograph featuring the name "Philando Castile."

Photographer Jonathan Calm Updates 'The Green Book'

The artist is creating a new archive that explores what it means to drive while Black in America today.

White and yellow sign reads "Danger: Radiation Risk" against a blue sky, silver chainlink fence and rusted barbed wire

Research Reveals High Levels of Radiation in Navajo Women Stemming From Cold War

“Thousands of abandoned uranium mines dot the Western landscape, hundreds on the Navajo Nation alone, continuing to expose families to the ill effects of radiation, including kidney failure and cancer.”

Elizabeth Peratrovich. Native Alaskan woman with dark hair.

Elizabeth Peratrovich Is First Alaska Native to Grace U.S. Currency

The Alaskan activist made her mark while working to pass Alaska’s Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945.

Nina Simone. Black and white photo of a Black woman in dress with large-gauge white netting sits at a piano.

Nina Simone's Treasured Childhood Home Will Be Rehabilitated

After years of working to preserve the place where the iconic singer discovered music, a coalition of organizations has raised enough money to restore the home.

Black hands poke through orange sleeves, handcuffed around metal bars

The '94 Crime Bill 25 Years Later: It's Time for a Reckoning [Op-Ed]

Justice advocates say we must address the harm caused by the legislation and create a new vision for safety and freedom.

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.

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.