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Black History



  • Rescuing Shirley Chisholm's Life from Symbolism

    by Anastasia Curwood

    Writing a biography of the Congresswoman and presidential candidate required working through the distinction between Shirley Chisholm the symbol and the much more complex reality of Shirley Chisholm the woman, to see how big trends in Black history unfolded at a human scale.



  • How Josephine Baker Challenged Racism in Las Vegas

    by Claytee White

    Josephine Baker's brief stand in 1952 didn't forever break the color line in the city's casinos and clubs, but it did help Black Las Vegans push for enduring change. 



  • Black Germans and New Forms of Resistance

    by Tiffany Florvil

    Black activists and intellectuals in Germany have worked to promote knowledge of colonial and Black history as a counter to the entrenched tendency to hide and evade the subject. 



  • Remembering is Resistance

    by Jessica M. Parr

    Books by Ana Lucia Araujo and Joan Wallach Scott examine the politics of memory and history and explain the stakes of fights over teaching and memorializing oppression. 



  • The Real Black History? The Government Wants To Ban It

    by Priyamvada Gopal

    Tory attacks on "victim narratives" in the history curriculum defend entrenched power and ignore the fact that Black British histories are about the power of protest and activism to make social change. 



  • Black Lives Matter But Slavery Isn’t Our Only Narrative

    by Aretha Phiri and Michelle M. Wright

    "Black folks are astonishingly diverse in their cultures, histories, languages, religions, so no single definition of Blackness is going to fit everyone. When we fail to consider this, we effectively leave many Black people out of the conversation."



  • Using MLK to Quell Outrage Distorts His Legacy

    by Jeanne Theoharis

    King has much to say about our contemporary moment, about the persistence of police abuse and the power of disruption, which may account, at least partly, for why this aspect of his politics is considerably less recognized.



  • 2 New Books Examine the the History of Black Travel

    The New York Times reviews OVERGROUND RAILROAD: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America by Candacy Taylor and DRIVING WHILE BLACK: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights by Gretchen Sorin.