African American history

  • Black Women's Activism Ties Reproductive Rights to Broader Goals of Freedom

    by Kim Gallon

    Black women's reproductive lives have always been complicated by institutional racism, sexism, and the balance of personal autonomy and racial solidarity. Black feminists have struggled to use the African American press as a space to force discussion of the issues. 

  • "Misogynoir" Exemplified in the Degradation of Black Women Athletes

    by Donald Earl Collins

    The treatment of basketball star Brittney Griner by Russian authorities (and the indifference to her case by many Americans) shows that Black women athletes still have to navigate a world of racism and sexism that diminishes their achievements and their security. 

  • Teaching Black Perspectives

    by Julia W. Bernier

    Since emancipation, the effort to control curriculum has been a key part of broad reactionary politics opposing greater freedom for Black people. Educators and activists have seen today's battles over teaching the history of racism before. 

  • The Promise and Peril of the "Third Reconstruction"

    by Peniel E. Joseph

    At a time when the nation is balanced precariously between advocates for multiracial democracy and white nationalists, it is important to understand the history and the incompleteness of the expansion of freedom and democracy during Reconstruction. 

  • Cherokee Nation Opens Exhibition on Slavery

    Until recently, the Cherokee National History Museum in Oklahoma did not acknowledge slave ownership by tribal members or the efforts of the descendants of the enslaved to claim tribal membership. 

  • What's Causing a Half Century of "Black Flight"?

    Despite political rhetoric from some quarters, suburbanization has been undermining the association of Black America with central cities – in large part because of the disinvestment and abandonment of urban communities. 

  • Landmark Building Embodies Past and Present of DC's Black Community

    The True Reformer Building in Washington is likely the first in the nation to be designed, funded, built and owned by African Americans as part of a comprehensive mission of economic and social self-reliance and uplift in the early 20th century. 

  • The Jackson Water Crisis Latest Chapter in Black Mutual Aid

    by Kaitlyn Greenidge

    The two sides of Mississippi's history are its exploitative oligarchy and the efforts of Black Mississippians and their allies to imagine egalitarian alternatives against the odds. Activists' responses to the collapse of the Jackson water infrastructure will test that spirit. 

  • Three Radical Black Women

    by Gerald Horne

    Esther Cooper Jackson, Louise Thompson Patterson and Dorothy Burnham should be remembered as exemplars of the struggle for comprehensive liberation in Black America, and of the role of Communists and other radicals in the long struggle for civil rights. 

  • The Missing Black Women in Denmark Vesey's Rebellion

    by Karen Cook Bell

    Though no enslaved women were indicted as co-conspirators in Charleston, they maintained a culture of silence that enabled future subversive and freedom-seeking actions.