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'Do You See What I See': The Debate Over Black Confederates

Jim Downs | Posted 01.23.2015 | College
Jim Downs

Doing black history means more than just finding black people in the archives and stating whether they did or did not do something.

Black History Month Matters Because for Many of Us, It Is the Only History We Have

Kiara Imani Williams | Posted 01.21.2015 | Black Voices
Kiara Imani Williams

To those of every race who have fought for, and continue to fight for, the equal rights of African Americans in this country, your stories, sacrifices, and contributions will not be forgotten. I will not allow it. Black lives matter. Black history matters. And we will not forget.

Why Young People Need to See 'Selma'

Kim Keating | Posted 01.19.2015 | Black Voices
Kim Keating

We must make sure the movies we create and the stories we tell are accurate and honest so that our children may learn from history.

How We Can Achieve a More Inclusive History

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 01.16.2015 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

This long weekend, as we reflect on his life and legacy, we also renew our dedication to a cause Dr. King held dear: ensuring the story we tell ourselves as a nation is an inclusive one, which does justice to all our communities and captures the full spectrum of the American past.

Top 4 Lessons Dr. King Taught Us

Carla Javits | Posted 01.15.2015 | Impact
Carla Javits

We have made tremendous leaps forward before, and if we have the nerve and mutual respect to engage and act -- we can make progress again on the urgent matters we face today -- with economic inequity as the centerpiece.

The Logic Behind Dan Bongino and Rudy Giuliani's Accusations of 'Race Hustling'

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 01.07.2015 | Black Voices
Sheena C. Howard

Recently it has become trendy for political pundits, talk-show hosts and talking heads (particularly on the right) to point to race "hustling" as the culprit behind heightened racial tensions in America.

The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis In The Senate

The Daily Beast | Philip Dray | Posted 01.07.2015 | Black Voices

In late January 1870 a tall, heavy-set man in his late forties, black but of light complexion, strode purposefully into the corridors of the U.S. Capi...

HennyPalooza: The Party That Twitter Can't Get Enough Of

Choyce Miller | Posted 01.02.2015 | Black Voices
Choyce Miller

When I heard there was an event called HennyPalooza that was taking the East Coast by storm, I was intrigued enough to expose my liver to the madness. I also made it clear to the people in my life that the tree wasn't the only thing getting lit this holiday season, so why not?

Selma

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.28.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

R.I.P. Martin Luther King. Your story has been told. Your legacy passed on. Your strategies for non-violent demonstrations shared. Your ability for changing hearts, minds and laws well-documented.

Playing MLK: Actor David Oyelowo on Selma

Nell Minow | Posted 12.18.2014 | Entertainment
Nell Minow

In Selma, we see the most private moments of Dr. King with his wife, their relationship strained by his activism and the risks he is taking, and by tapes the FBI sent to Mrs. King revealing her husband's affairs. Oyelowo explained why those scenes were "a gift" to him as an actor.

What Actually Happened With Rosa Parks Is Not What You Learned In School

www.upworthy.com | Posted 12.03.2014 | Black Voices

We all learned about Rosa Parks in grade school. But do you know the full story? ...

The Pathology of The Magical Negro Narrative in Mike Brown Ruling

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 01.25.2015 | Black Voices
Sheena C. Howard

This is consistent with the cultural logic that makes it okay in America to use brutal force when confronted by a Black villain. Thus, how can a grand jury indict Officer Darren Wilson when he was battling The Hulk?

The Discussion on Capitalizing the 'B' in 'Black' Continues

Barrett Holmes Pitner | Posted 01.24.2015 | Black Voices
Barrett Holmes Pitner

Last week The New York Times published "The Case for Black With a Capital B," an op-ed by Professor Lori L. Tharps. I congratulate her for opening a conversation that is long overdue, a conversation that goes to the heart of how a large group of Americans with the most difficult of histories has struggled to express itself and gain greater agency in American society.

Blackness In Brazil: A Hidden History of Prejudice

João Paulo Porto | Posted 11.19.2014 | Black Voices
João Paulo Porto

I have a Black patient from a poor family, 8 years old, who is absurdly intelligent. His mother, equally intelligent, created, of her own accord, a fa...

Why The Whiteness Project Terrifies Me

Arielle Newton | Posted 01.05.2015 | Black Voices
Arielle Newton

When I hear of The Whiteness Project, I cringe because I see it as a vehicle to proffer ridiculous stereotypes about Black people and minorities. The participants all seem to embrace harmful stereotypes about minorities, while subjecting themselves to false victimhood.

The Pivotal Black History of St. Augustine, Florida

David Paul Appell | Posted 10.24.2014 | Travel
David Paul Appell

It behooves us all to take another look at the bravery, the agony, and the hope of that very different time, and do what we can to reabsorb its lessons.

"Do Big Things": Madam C.J. Walker's Great-Great-Granddaughter on History, Ancestors, and Villa Lewaro

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 12.22.2014 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Left: A portrait of Madam Walker; Right: A'Lelia Bundles, Walker's great-great-granddaughter. Written by A'Lelia Bundles Every time I walk throu...

'Be Relentless in Your Dreams': DooBop Founder Jodie Patterson on Madame C.J. Walker

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 12.21.2014 | Style
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Madam Walker rose above race, gender equality, and social justice to build a beauty empire that she intended to be a benefit to her race long after her time. She was a visionary, with a foresight that is today, unmatched.

My Full-circle Moment With Madam C.J. Walker's Legacy

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 12.20.2014 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Here was a woman, a black woman no less, making tremendous strides in business in a time before women even had the right to vote.

I Am Ali

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.08.2014 | Sports
Dwight Brown

"I am the greatest!" Who can forget the cocky trademark phrase that was delivered by the most endearing boxer of all time? Retracing Muhammad Ali's vibrant life is an opportunity for audiences to reexamine American history.

The Erasure of 'Gay' From Black History & the Black Community Must Stop

Alvin McEwen | Posted 12.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

This leaves me feeling as if the events of black history, which are supposed to be a part of my heritage, are nothing more than hand-me-downs donated to me out of charity because there are very few, if any, events which are specific to me as an LGBT person of color.

From Righteous Indignation to Collective Mobilization: This Can Be Our 'Ferguson Fall'

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 11.30.2014 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Let us look back at that transformative, defining moment of the historic Mississippi Summer to guide us toward a better future. Let there be a "Ferguson Fall," where we put a plan in place to ensure that every eligible person is registered to vote and educated on the importance of doing so.

Ferguson: We Are Not All Having the Same Experience

Allison K Hill | Posted 11.23.2014 | Books
Allison K Hill

When my mother was four years old, she met a black person for the first time. After shaking the woman's hand, she looked at her own to see if any of the 'black' had rubbed off. She shared this story with me when I was growing up to illustrate what a white world she was raised in.

Emancipating Freedom

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 11.19.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

James Forten's vision -- and the many courageous stories of others along the Delaware -- remind us that freedoms are hard won by those willing to sacrifice to make the world a better place.

Lost Interview Of Michael Jackson Talking About His 'Destiny' Resurfaces

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 09.17.2014 | Black Voices

In January 1980, Michael Jackson was 21. He had not yet released "Thriller," nor had he been crowned King of Pop or inducted into the Rock and Roll Ha...