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  • Originally published 02/20/2018

    Black History

    Historians' tweets and retweets.

  • Originally published 02/02/2018

    Was the Real Lone Ranger a Black Man?

    Standing at 6 feet 2 inches, with proficient shooting skills from his time in the Civil War and his knowledge of the terrain and language, Bass Reeves became the first black deputy U.S. marshal west of the Mississippi. As deputy marshal, Bass is said to have arrested more than 3,000 people and killed 14 outlaws, all without sustaining a single gun wound.

  • Originally published 10/18/2017

    Tufts Project Maps The Landmarks Of Black Boston

    The Tufts Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, together with the Tufts Data Lab, embarked on a mission to document significant sites that reflect local African-American history.

  • Originally published 08/01/2017

    100 years ago African-Americans marched down 5th Avenue to declare that black lives matter

    Chad Williams

    One hundred years later, as black people continue to insist that “Black Lives Matter,” the “Silent Protest Parade” offers a vivid reminder about the power of courageous leadership, grassroots mobilization, direct action and their collective necessity in the fight to end racial oppression in our current troubled times.

  • Originally published 05/04/2017

    Trump’s blind spot on black history worries scholars

    “If you don’t really know anything about the history of race relations, the history of Supreme Court decisions, the history of Jim Crow, the history of lynchings, the history of slavery, how are you going to even know how to respond when young black people are disturbed and outraged today.”

  • Originally published 03/10/2017

    How the 'Green Book' Saved Black Lives on the Road

    Alexander Nazaryan

    "The Negro Motorist Green Book" was 48 pages of practical scripture, offering safe passage through the United States—where you can sleep, eat and fill your gas tank.

  • Originally published 02/06/2017

    Teaching Southern and Black History Under Trump

    “I don’t know that Trump has historical awareness at all.” – Fitzhugh Brundage, the chair of the history department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Originally published 07/05/2016

    The Secret Black History of the Revolution

    Alan Gilbert

    As we know all too well, the Revolutionary War was not fought so that all men could be free, but its role in creating the seeds of abolition should not be forgotten.

  • Originally published 04/18/2016

    Ripples From a Protest Past

    Ian Wilhelm

    In 1969, an armed occupation by black students roiled Cornell’s campus. Here’s why it still matters today.

  • Originally published 02/29/2016

    Case for reparation gains international force

    “This is not about retribution and anger, it’s about atonement; it’s about the building of bridges across lines of moral justice,” said Sir Hilary Beckles, a distinguished historian from Barbados who made the case for reparations during a talk at Harvard Law School this week.

  • Originally published 02/15/2016

    Is Black History Month still relevant?

    For some, the notion of Black History Month is a throwback to a bygone era and not consistent with the so-called post-racial era that began with President Barack Obama’s election.

  • Originally published 02/01/2016

    Why we need Black History Month more than ever

    Denise Oliver Velez

    Until we have significantly abolished systemic racism in education, we will continue to need Black History Month and other months which focus on our communities of color.

  • Originally published 11/19/2015

    Video of the Week: The New Jim Crow Museum

    Tour the Jim Crow museum with founder and curator, Dr. David Pilgrim who discusses some of the major themes of the museum. Jim Crow was not just a character or a set of "laws," it was a system that built upon itself to create and sustain a society with a racial hierarchy.

  • Originally published 07/20/2015

    Happy Birthday, Living Legend Rachel Robinson!

    Yohuru Williams

    While Jack made the headlines, Rachel often bore the brunt of the hidden but nonetheless significant battles such as shepherding the family through the process of facing northern style apartheid.

  • Originally published 02/16/2015

    This Is What’s Missing from Black History Month

    Mike McQuillan

    The trivialization of black history – reducing the movement to MLK and Rosa Parks – denies young people their rightful awareness of Jim Crow racism’s systemic nature.

  • Originally published 11/13/2013

    The Kennedys and Martin Luther King

    Yohuru Williams

    King and the Kennedys remain important symbols of the power of hope and the promise of a just democracy.

  • Originally published 03/26/2013

    The Truth Behind '40 Acres and a Mule'

    We've all heard the story of the "40 acres and a mule" promise to former slaves. It's a staple of black history lessons, and it's the name of Spike Lee's film company. The promise was the first systematic attempt to provide a form of reparations to newly freed slaves, and it was astonishingly radical for its time, proto-socialist in its implications. In fact, such a policy would be radical in any country today: the federal government's massive confiscation of private property -- some 400,000 acres -- formerly owned by Confederate land owners, and its methodical redistribution to former black slaves. What most of us haven't heard is that the idea really was generated by black leaders themselves....

  • Originally published 02/27/2013

    Rosa Parks statue set to be unveiled at Capitol

    Rosa Parks is famous for her 1955 refusal to give up her seat on a city bus in Alabama to a white man, but there's plenty about the rest of her experiences that she deliberately withheld from her family.  While Parks and her husband, Raymond, were childless, her brother, the late Sylvester McCauley, had 13 children. They decided Parks' nieces and nephews didn't need to know the horrible details surrounding her civil rights activism, said Rhea McCauley, Parks' niece....

  • Originally published 02/27/2013

    Rosa Parks statue unveiled at Capitol

    President Barack Obama says civil rights icon Rosa Parks has taken her rightful place among those who have shaped the course of U.S. history.Obama and House Speaker John Boehner unveiled a statue of Parks in a ceremony at the Capitol. Parks becomes the first black woman to be honored with a full-length statue in the Capitol's Statuary Hall.A bust of another black woman, abolitionist Sojourner Truth, sits in the Capitol Visitors Center.Obama says the nation learned from Parks that there is always something we can do to improve the future...

  • Originally published 02/04/2013

    Postal Service honors Rosa Parks with new stamp

    Hundreds of people, including some of Michigan's political elite, gathered Monday to celebrate the late Rosa Parks on what would have been her 100th birthday by unveiling a postage stamp in her honor steps from the Alabama bus on which she stared down segregation nearly 60 years ago.Parks, who died in 2005, became one of the enduring figures of the Civil Rights movement when she refused to cede her seat in the colored section of the Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white man after the whites-only section filled up. Her defiance and the ensuing black boycott of the city bus system helped the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. rise to national prominence...The Parks stamp is the second in a set of civil rights stamps being issued this year by the U.S. Postal Service.USPS launched the series Jan. 1 with the Emancipation Proclamation Forever Stamp, which was issued at The National Archives in Washington. In August, the series will culminate with the dedication of a stamp recognizing the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington...

  • Originally published 10/18/2017

    Books, Blacks, and Bigots

    Jim Loewen

    The baseless claim that African Americans are anti-intellectual hurts race relations, as does the assertion that "they" are stupider than "us."

  • Originally published 01/12/2017

    Obama's Legacy in Science, Technology, and Innovation

    Infinity, Limited

    What will be the legacy of Barack Obama's policies in science, technology, and innovation?  His most important policy was not a specific goal but promoting the scientific approach -- experimental, data-driven, open, and transparent -- as an integral part of federal policy making and implementation.