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When Did You First Feel Your Race?

Antonia Opiah | Posted 04.23.2014 | Black Voices
Antonia Opiah

The first time I had any inkling that my color was something that estranged me from others was when I was in primary school in London.

Coming Out in Black History Month

Martha Burk | Posted 04.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Martha Burk

Coretta Scott King was best-known for civil rights marches in the '60s alongside her husband, but most don't realize she was an early advocate for gay rights as well.

LOOK: These Historical Images Will Make Your Jaw Drop

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 10.29.2014 | Black Voices

History is all around us. And it's not just confined inside the walls of museums. It's on our streets and bridges, inside our buildings and even in ou...

The Apollo Theater Before 125th Street Was the Black Main Street

Ted Fox | Posted 04.22.2014 | Black Voices
Ted Fox

Harlem became New York's great African-American community, of course. However the history of African Americans in the city began at the far opposite end of the island where slaves first landed.

A Celebration Of The Diverse Faces Of African-American Religion

Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion

Religion and spirituality has always played an important role within African-American communities. Considerable attention has already been given to th...

George Washington's Dilemma

Vicki Cobb | Posted 04.19.2014 | Books
Vicki Cobb

As much as we would like to thank of our Founding Fathers as icons or demigods, they did not escape the influence of the times in which they lived. Master George's People captures that lifestyle, often from a slave's point of view, with telling photographs by Lori Epstein.

The Truth About Slavery in Pennsylvania

Brian Hanley | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Brian Hanley

Compared to the five gradual abolition acts passed in northern states between 1780 and 1804, Pennsylvania's was by far the most limited in scope. It liberated not a single individual, and choked out slavery only by degrees.

Listen To Jimi Hendrix's Final Interview

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 02.05.2014 | Entertainment

On Sept. 11, 1970, Jimi Hendrix gave his final interview from inside his suite at the London-based Cumberland Hotel. The late musician, considered to ...

Rosa Parks: Angry, Not Tired; She'd Be 101 Today

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

That popular legend is misleading. Parks' defiance of Montgomery's segregation laws was not an isolated incident. It was part of a lifelong crusade to dismantle Jim Crow.

Voting Rights Is on Us

Jotaka L. Eaddy | Posted 04.05.2014 | Black Voices
Jotaka L. Eaddy

President Obama called on the American public to take action in their communities and create real change. For the NAACP, this change begins with protecting and expanding the right to vote.

New Online Publication Highlights the Altruism of Black Males

Christopher Norris | Posted 04.05.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

2014 Echoing Green Search Partner Techbook Online Publishes "The Black His-Story Book: A Collection of Narratives from Black Male Mentors." In an eff...

Pablo Solomon's Wicked Integration: A White Man's Involvement in the Civil Rights Movement

Te-Erika Patterson | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Te-Erika Patterson

By no stretch of the imagination was Solomon anything like the iconic Sidney Poitier in the 1967 film To Sir, With Love, gliding in and charming his students into a new way of life. "I was sometimes brave, sometimes a coward, sometimes right and sometimes completely off base," he says.

What Black History Month Should Be

Theodore Johnson | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

There will be children reciting famous lines from "I Have A Dream," high school students writing about George Washington Carver and his peanuts and probably some game shows questions on African-American inventors. If this is all that happens, then the month has been for naught.

Happy Birthday, Zora Neale Hurston!

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

Born on January 7th 1891, today marks author and activist Zora Neale Hurston's 123rd birthday. Google chose to honor the icon with a Google Doodle....

The Black Newspaper That Helped Change American History

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

On this day in 1847, freed slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass started a newspaper called The North Star. Douglass launched the paper follo...

90 Years Ago, This Man Invented Something You Can't Do Without

Posted 11.20.2013 | Black Voices

On November 20, 1923 Garrett Morgan received a patent for the invention of the traffic light signal. He essentially invented the first versions of...

Calling Doris Kearns Goodwin: An Unfair Revision of JFK Legacy: New High School History Texts Needed

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
SaraKay Smullens

I should have expected it, even from those presently writing historical texts for our young, who need hope and optimism, and inspirational political m...

The Boycott That Changed The South Forever

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

On November 13th 1957, segregation on buses in Alabama was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. After the arrest of Rosa Parks in Decemb...

Nat Turner Died On This Day In 1831

Posted 11.11.2013 | Black Voices

On November 11th, 1831 Nat Turner leader of the slave revolt was hanged after leading a violent slave rebellion in Virginia. He led the uprising o...

WATCH: You Won't Believe When This History Making NASCAR Driver First Got Behind The Wheel

Posted 10.29.2013 | Black Voices

After becoming the first African-American to win on NASCAR's national level in 50 years, talk show host Arsenio Hall chatted with 20-year-old Darrell ...

Jay Z and Barneys: The Role of African American Entertainers in the Black Freedom Struggle

Vincent Intondi | Posted 12.27.2013 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

Jay Z deserves his success, but with that success comes an obligation. Jay Z is one of the few individuals who has the influence and power to send a clear message to corporate America that racial equality, not the dollar is the real Holy Grail.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Hopes New Documentary Series Will Change Education System

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 12.24.2013 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hopes that his latest PBS documentary, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., will not only educate the public but also lead to reform in the nation's public school system.

On This Day In History...

Posted 10.11.2013 | Black Voices

In 1954, the New York Metropolitan Opera hired Marian Anderson making her the first black singer that the famed opera house signed on. Anderson would ...

PHOTOS: What South Florida's First Black Settlement Looks Like Now

AP | LYNNE SLADKY | Posted 03.25.2014 | Miami

MIAMI (AP) -- When the first black residents of South Florida arrived in the 1880s from the Bahamas to work at the Peacock Inn on Biscayne Bay, they e...

Long Before King, 'Letters From a Man of Colour'

Grant Calder | Posted 11.26.2013 | Black Voices
Grant Calder

During the War for Independence, a young, black Philadelphian, James Forten, decided to fight on the American side following the passage of a state law titled "An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery." It convinced him that Pennsylvania, at least, was on the right side of the struggle.