The safety and sustainability of our communities is essential to leaving a lasting legacy. We must connect ourselves with neighborhood groups that focus on reducing violence and promoting entrepreneurship and civic engagement.
Malcolm X was fond of saying, "Our history did not begin in chains." Yet every year that's where Black History Month lesson plans in schools across America begin. They begin telling the story of our history -- black history -- in chains.
Moses Groves was not always an artist. As a bass, baritone, and second tenor, he recorded with Little Jimmy and The Tops. The group eventually disbanded. A future filled with life, love, and art intertwined would ensue for this passionate artist.
Those subjects were not part of my high school curriculum in the 1990s. With the exception of black history, women's history and especially gay history remained virtually absent from my graduate training at Columbia in the 2000s.
The presence of people of African descent on numerous teams across the globe is an open invitation to explore historic and contemporary migration patterns - both voluntary and involuntary - to broaden our perspectives about the world around us.
Black History Month and Women's History Month are often viewed as separate entities. But black women and other women of color know that their economic circumstances are affected by being both a person of color and a woman.
We must not and cannot dismiss these incidents as simply the actions of a few individuals, for racism and other forms of oppression exist on multiple levels. These incidents are symptoms of larger systemic national problems.
I consciously chose not to write this blog during February. Why bother? There is more than enough. The story I want to recount is how history is made every day with black people, white people, all people through the power of friendship.
At a recent show, guitarist Hubby Jenkins joked that a white person playing banjo in the mid-1800s was like "Vanilla Ice rapping in the 1980s."
In a world in which hate-filled politics and growing inter-class tensions fill article word-counts, a message like the one delivered by Dr. Jones was and is necessary.
At the end of Black History Month, Tod Ewing reflects on the profound lessons of the past and considers the question "Where do we go from here?" offering a Baha'i perspective on the spiritual dimensions of racial reconciliation.
Several years ago, I conducted extensive genealogical research into the heritage of Michelle Obama. A few of my discoveries -- particularly those per...
My daughter and I share a cookbook collection that includes over 1,000 volumes many of them written by African-Americans. In honor of Black History Month, here's my list of the ten greatest African-American cookbooks of all time.
The numbers tell us that many black people don't swim. Our interpretation, however, is that black people are not swimmers, which is wrong.
Rather than relegating people of different ethnicities to a month in the calendar, educators ought to ensure that their curriculum is not colorblind.
The strength, talents and successes of contemporary black women have deeply influenced the Obama Administration and continue to shape American history and improve the lives of all our citizens.