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10 Must-See Black Black Landmarks At Your Fingertips

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 02.26.2015 | Black Voices

Google Maps can do so much more than just getting you to the nearest gas station. For lovers of Black History Month, the innovative platform can a...

No Planes, Trains Or Automobiles Necessary For This Black History Trip

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 02.25.2015 | Black Voices

Want to visit black history heritage sites this month, without ever leaving your living room? No problem, Pinterest can take you there. In honor o...

Senator Brooke's Legacy

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

As our nation's first popularly elected African American Senator, Senator Brooke claimed his seat at the table of government and paved the way for the election of African Americans across the country, including President Barack Obama and me.

Oscars 2015: Like It or Not, Movies Are Defining Our Culture

Kim Keating | Posted 02.23.2015 | Black Voices
Kim Keating

The Academy Awards were created to recognize cinematic achievements in film. However, when the voters are primarily white men, it is not surprising that people of color are not given the recognition they deserve.

A Salute to the African American Playwright August Wilson

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 02.19.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This film is a beautiful legacy. It sheds light on a very gifted man who, like many creative people, was raised under difficult circumstances in an underserved area of Pittsburgh. All of his plays were "doors" into the black experience, and from many eras of the American story.

The Book of Negroes: An American Story/History Still Matters!

Françoise N. Hamlin | Posted 02.19.2015 | Black Voices
Françoise N. Hamlin

For those of us who research, write, and teach about the past for a living -- and for many others paying close attention -- the lack of attention given to The Book of Negroes tells a story as rich and troubling as the film itself.

Our Black Future Legends Are Here

Mustafa Sullivan | Posted 02.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Mustafa Sullivan

When black people are homophobic, they are doing the oppressor's work for them, and when white queers erase the experiences and efforts of black transgender women and LGBTQ youth of color, they are doing the oppressor's work for them.

History Curriculum Needs More Coverage of Black Inventors

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 02.19.2015 | Black Voices
The University of Central Florida Forum

There is a reason we study Russian and European history as an integral part of our history curriculum. History is required from pre-K to college because it is a vital part of knowing how you and your country came to be.

Activist Who Fought Housing Discrimination Is Now Homeless, And The Internet Is Here To Help

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.20.2015 | Impact

A woman who fought tirelessly to ensure everyone has equal access to housing now has nowhere to call home. Dorothy "Dottie” Mulkey's house was fi...

Rewriting the History of the Black Panthers on Film

ARTINFO | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices
ARTINFO

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" sets out to move against the dominant narrative of the activist group as outrageous provocateurs, presenting, through vigorous archival research and extensive interviews with members and commentators, a different and more considerate way of thinking about the legacy of the Black Panthers.

Iconic Sites That Helped Make Black History

Gogobot | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices
Gogobot

From the former slaves and freedom fighters of the past to modern-day music legends and politicians, U.S. history has been influenced by many notable African-American figures who have left their mark on places around the country. This Black History Month, check out some of the most iconic historic sites to celebrate their contributions.

The Riot That Sparked the Selma March

The Daily Beast | Gary May | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices

President Lyndon Johnson called “Bloody Sunday” a turning point in American history, comparing it to Lexington and Concord and Appomattox. This wa...

Great Migration Shortened Lives Of Blacks Who Fled Jim Crow South

NBC News | Errin Whack | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices

The move North for millions of African-Americans during the Great Migration brought greater economic and educational opportunities — but also new st...

The Dream Lives

J. Randall O'Brien | Posted 02.17.2015 | Black Voices
J. Randall O'Brien

You may say Dr. King was a Dreamer, but he's not the only one. Do we not dream of a just society, too? Do we not dream of a day of better opportunity, full equality, and hope for all?

These Iconic Photos Of The Selma March Tell A Powerful Story

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 02.17.2015 | Black Voices

The racial tension that gripped Alabama in the 1960s resulted in some of the most iconic moments of the Civil Rights movement that have been captured ...

An Apology to My Fellow Black Woman

Nancy Laws | Posted 02.17.2015 | Black Voices
Nancy Laws

My husband, whom I married at the age of 22 was my first African-American friend and the first black man outside of our close knit African community that I dated. Not only was he nothing like what I thought he may have been--neither were his mother and sister.

Best of Luck Africa, I'll Be in Baltimore

Vernā Myers | Posted 02.13.2015 | Black Voices
Vernā Myers

Black History Month is a time of reflection. This year I've been reflecting on my own black history and how it brought me back home to Baltimore.

Forgetting Lynching at Our Peril

Rebecca Todd Peters | Posted 02.12.2015 | Religion
Rebecca Todd Peters

Accountability for people of privilege must include breaking out of the safety of our cocoons of privilege and building relationships with people across lines of difference. It must begin with examining our privilege and then figuring out how to use our privilege to address the ongoing forms of injustice that we see.

#WeAreBlackHistory Celebrates Black Heroines Past And Present

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 02.12.2015 | Black Voices

When it comes to torches of strong Black women civil rights legacies, there are a lot to carry. Fortunately for us there are plenty of contemporar...

South Africans Transform Historic Sites Into Powerful Public Tributes Honoring Mandela

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 02.12.2015 | Black Voices

On this day in 1990, massive crowds gathered throughout South Africa to celebrate the release of the nation's beloved Nelson Mandela. It marked a m...

A Brooklyn Clown Is Living His Dream

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 02.11.2015 | Black Voices
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Every clown has a story about when they knew they wanted to be a clown. Perhaps it was that first trip to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, or an insatiable desire to affect others through laughter.

These 12 Pictures Portray Black History Like You've Never Seen Before

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 02.19.2015 | Black Voices

Black history is all around us. The street corners, churches, stores, apartments, empty lots and parks we pass by everyday share a rich history of...

These Pictures Prove Brazil's Legacy Of Slavery Is Not A Thing Of The Past

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 02.11.2015 | Latino Voices

In 1889, Brazil became the last country in the Americas to outlaw slavery. More enslaved Africans were sent to Brazil than any other country in the he...

An Illustrative Identity of Fashion and Style Throughout African-American History and Movements

Danielle James | Posted 02.10.2015 | Style
Danielle James

Fashion, throughout history, has created an illustrative identity within African-American history. Fashion is a statement and speaks volumes with little to no words.

Why These Influential Black Activists Were Left Out Of The History Books

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices

Black History Month aims to celebrate the achievements of African American icons who have changed the course of history, but not all are afforded the ...