Black History Month

  • Why "History Months" Need to Write Groups Back In to the Story

    by E.J. Dionne

      Do efforts to write marginalized figures into the national narrative  "mean that history has been “politicized”? The answer is 'yes' only in the sense that political change always affects how we see history," says the Washington Post columnist. 

  • 8 Sites Illuminating African American History Show the Need for Preservation

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation is working against time and redevelopment to prevent the loss of key sites of African American history across the nation. So far the project has helped protect a museum of the Buffalo Soldiers, Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church, and Louis Armstrong's house in Queens, among other sites. 

  • It's Black History Month. We Need to Talk About It

    by Jeremy C. Young

    The honest teaching of American history is under attack across the United States, undermining the goal of Carter G. Woodson, who linked the teaching of Black history to the advancement of multiracial democracy. 

  • Black History Month Reveals the Deception Behind White "Discomfort"

    by Peniel E. Joseph

    "The erroneous narrative that teaching Black history provokes anxiety, discomfort, guilt or anger for White children has insidious roots" in a false consensus that has long suppressed the stories of Americans of color and denied racial oppression.

  • Black History Month Celebrates Medicine and Health

    Marvin Dulaney, president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) says that the racial health disparities highlighted by the pandemic make this year's focus on medical pioneers and health advocates particularly appropriate. 

  • Five Myths About Black History

    by Keisha N. Blain

    From slavery to emancipation, the Tuskegee syphilis experiments, Brown v. Board of Education, and Black Power, widespread partial knowledge of Black history shows that school curricula need to do more to connect the history of Black Americans to the nation's history. 

  • A Forgotten Black Founding Father

    by Danielle Allen

    The figure of Black abolitionist Prince Hall has been discussed for his advocacy for abolition in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, but there remains a deeper work of historical reconstruction to understand his connections to family, community and civil society in the founding era. 

  • Why Fred Hampton Needs to Be on Your Kids’ American History Syllabus

    Writer and poet Scott Woods developed a political consciousness watching a 1971 documentary on the assassination of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. He was prepared to be disappointed by the new "Judas and the Black Messiah" but argues the film tells a story that is more important than ever.