Category: History

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Remembering Gwen Patton, Activist and Theorist | Black Perspectives

Remembering Gwen Patton, Activist and Theorist | Black Perspectives

Patton constantly centered black women within her pro-black, anti-imperialist politics, making her a foundational figure in late 1960s black femin ...
Hot Links and Red Drinks: The Rich Food Tradition of Juneteenth | The New York Times

Hot Links and Red Drinks: The Rich Food Tradition of Juneteenth | The New York Times

For over 150 years, African-Americans have gathered on June 19 — the day known as Juneteenth — to celebrate freedom. Source: Hot Links and Red ...
When What Was Good For Bill Cosby Was Good For Black America | Code Switch : NPR

When What Was Good For Bill Cosby Was Good For Black America | Code Switch : NPR

The few, tepid defenses of Bill Cosby during his criminal trial for sexual assault are an illustration of just how much his influence as Black America ...
Google Launches ‘Lynching In America’ Project Exploring Country’s Violent Racial History | HuffPost

Google Launches ‘Lynching In America’ Project Exploring Country’s Violent Racial History | HuffPost

The project gives a comprehensive look at the impact of lynching on generations of black families. Source: Google Launches ‘Lynching In America’ Proj ...
A Celebration of Black Lawyers, Past and Present | The New Yorker

A Celebration of Black Lawyers, Past and Present | The New Yorker

Though so much of what we are experiencing today is “not normal,” it is also not new. Source: A Celebration of Black Lawyers, Past and Present - The ...
Black Music Month: The Oral History Of Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly’s ‘Before I Let Go’ | Essence

Black Music Month: The Oral History Of Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly’s ‘Before I Let Go’ | Essence

For its undeniable contribution to music and our community—from BBQ’s and beyond—we talk to the singer about the anthem that makes the summer. Source ...
Black Radicalism, Repression, and the “Horne Biographical Method” | Black Perspectives

Black Radicalism, Repression, and the “Horne Biographical Method” | Black Perspectives

Gerald Horne’s first biography on W.E.B. Du Bois was published in 1986. Exactly thirty years later came his exemplary profile of Paul Robeson. Du ...
The day Edward D. Brown became the first African-American to win the Belmont Stakes | The Undefeated

The day Edward D. Brown became the first African-American to win the Belmont Stakes | The Undefeated

Edward D. Brown went to Elmont, New York, and conquered the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first African-American to win what would eventually become th ...
The Jheri Curl Turns 40: A Look at the Most Iconic, Insulted and Revered Hair Craze Ever | The Root

The Jheri Curl Turns 40: A Look at the Most Iconic, Insulted and Revered Hair Craze Ever | The Root

The last time I saw someone wear a Jheri curl with a straight face was in the summer of 2015. In June of that year, retired NBA point guard Baron Davi ...
If you’re black in America, riots are a spiritual impulse not a political strategy | Timeline

If you’re black in America, riots are a spiritual impulse not a political strategy | Timeline

The Long Hot Summer of 1967 was the inevitable result of forced duality Source: If you’re black in America, riots are a spiritual impulse not a polit ...
The Word Is ‘Nemesis’: The Fight to Integrate the National Spelling Bee | Longreads

The Word Is ‘Nemesis’: The Fight to Integrate the National Spelling Bee | Longreads

For talented black spellers in the 1960s, the segregated local spelling bee was the beginning and the end of the long road to Washington, D.C. Source ...
Jackie Robinson and JFK on civil rights: Two men divided by a common country | The Undefeated

Jackie Robinson and JFK on civil rights: Two men divided by a common country | The Undefeated

John F. Kennedy was sailing through the 1960 presidential primaries on his way to the Democratic nomination. But he had a problem: A majority of Afric ...
Locker Room Talk: We haven’t come far enough since the ’67 Cleveland Summit | The Undefeated

Locker Room Talk: We haven’t come far enough since the ’67 Cleveland Summit | The Undefeated

On June 4, 1967, Jim Brown hosted what we now call the Cleveland Summit. A collection of great black athletes of the era met with Muhammad Ali to disc ...
The Cleveland Summit and Muhammad Ali: The true story | The Undefeated

The Cleveland Summit and Muhammad Ali: The true story | The Undefeated

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon, June 4, 1967. Some of the greatest black athletes in the country gathered in a nondescript office building in Clevela ...
“Thinking Black” Against the Carceral State: Angela Davis and Prisoner Defense Campaigns | Black Perspectives

“Thinking Black” Against the Carceral State: Angela Davis and Prisoner Defense Campaigns | Black Perspectives

The campaign to free Angela Davis illuminates how prisoner defense campaigns are foundational components of broader freedom struggles. Source: ...
It’s Been 96 Years Since White Mobs Destroyed Tulsa’s Black Wall Street | Colorlines

It’s Been 96 Years Since White Mobs Destroyed Tulsa’s Black Wall Street | Colorlines

The Oklahoma city's Greenwood neighborhood was one of the country's most affluent Black neighborhoods until racists decimated it and killed hundreds o ...
The Descendants Of James Madison’s Slaves Are Digging Up His Plantation | Buzzfeed

The Descendants Of James Madison’s Slaves Are Digging Up His Plantation | Buzzfeed

A new exhibition is tying the lives of people enslaved by James Madison, the author of the Bill of Rights, to their living descendants. Source: The D ...
Melissa Harris-Perry: How to Save the N.A.A.C.P. From Irrelevance | The New York Times

Melissa Harris-Perry: How to Save the N.A.A.C.P. From Irrelevance | The New York Times

The N.A.A.C.P. announced two weeks ago that it will replace its current president as part of the latest effort to revitalize itself. That won’t so ...
Remembering The Great Poet Gwendolyn Brooks At 100 | NPR

Remembering The Great Poet Gwendolyn Brooks At 100 | NPR

A new biography celebrates the life and legacy of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks, who wrote about ordinary black life using extraordinar ...
The Emancipation of Donna Summer | Noisey

The Emancipation of Donna Summer | Noisey

2017 marks 40 years since Summer's audacious, pivotal pair of albums 'I Remember Yesterday' and 'Once Upon a Time.' Source: The Emancipation of Donna ...
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