Change does not happen by making the decision not to vote. To be sure, social progress occurs outside of the voting booth, but failing to vote has never, ever itself been a vehicle for such social progress.
As a white teenage civil rights marcher in the 60's, I remember when 'Colored' became 'Black,' and suddenly I was an outsider. It was proposed that...
By Jackie Summers The Death of Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru is one of the m...
Delilah Beasley was the first African American woman to write a regular column in a major daily newspaper. In addition, she was a fighter against lync...
Race is socially constructed, but because people have believed things for so long they are unaware of that. In this video, Soledad O'Brien shares stories of growing up biracial. She helps to elaborate on what actually happened in American history.
In 1910, 83% of African Americans lived in the South, about the same percentage that had lived there since at least as far back as 1790. In the 60 ye...
I'm a wholehearted supporter of #blacklivesmatter and I will be until I die. Anything less means I wouldn't be doing my duty as a human being.
When you say "All Lives Matter", especially to a black person, you're essentially saying the history and narrative of black people in this country, does not matter to you. You're saying that our feelings, with regards to the mistreatment and injustices against black people don't matter.
Get up. Dry your tiresome red eyes. Bow down on both knees. Say your prayer. Light your candle.
As a black man watching Williams' speech, the emotion that I encountered first was that of shamefulness. I began to ask myself: Could I ever be that selfless?
As you can see, my Juneteenth moment was actually a series of events that forced me to understand the danger of respectability politics within our community. This Juneteenth I'm not only celebrating our ancestors finally realizing they were free but also my own freedom from the burden of monolithic Blackness.
New Orleans is struggling to preserve its heritage. It faces the existential threat of hurricanes and storms wrought by climate change, the continuing struggle to rebuild after Katrina even as developers seek to build high rises in historic neighborhoods, and the social tensions occasioned by poverty and racial and ethnic prejudice.
Driving into Evergreen was like driving through a cloud of smoke into the past. The roads looked strangely familiar, as the events of 1979 seemed to come back to life. There was the police station uptown where Mama, my stepfather, Net, and I had gone to get a copy of the police report.
I feel that some Black people push back on Roots 2016, saying we need more diverse Black stories other than slave or civil rights narratives as if we don't have any other type of stories being told. I completely agree that we do need more diverse stories, and more often, but there are other Black stories being told.
Roots became a cultural phenomenon and encouraged more people to engage seriously with the history slavery than anything before or since. Explore 10 surprising facts about one of the most important representations of slavery and black history of all time.
It will take rediscovering the audacity of Harold Washington, Jr. to reverse this mentality.