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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 04.19.2015 | 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 03.21.2016 | 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 04.16.2015 | 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 04.15.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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...

These Photos Prove Nelson Mandela's Legacy Thrives 26 Years After His Prison Release

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 02.11.2016 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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 02.01.2016 | 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 04.12.2015 | 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 ...

By Any Dreams Necessary, Malcolm X and the Problem of High Stakes Testing

Yohuru Williams | Posted 04.12.2015 | Black Voices
Yohuru Williams

Malcolm X faced the kind of racial determinism that many students of color have become accustomed to today. Proponents of high stakes testing resurrect such determinism, presumably without the racial overtones, by reducing students, their hopes and dreams for the future, to test scores.

American History Is Not Black History; Black History Is Not America's

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 04.11.2015 | Black Voices
Leonce Gaiter

American history is not black history, and our history is not America's to dictate. Until we understand that and begin teaching our history to ourselves in ways that serve our own cultural needs instead of the majority's, we will continue to internalize this nation's prejudices against us, instead of arming ourselves to appropriately demonize and deflect them.

Race, Caste, Gandhi and King in the 21st Century: A Dialogue With Pandit Dasa

Chris Fici | Posted 04.10.2015 | Religion
Chris Fici

Discrimination, whether raced-based, caste-based, gender-based, or religion-based is just plain discrimination and it springs from ignorance and has no spiritual value. It only serves to distance us from other human beings and from God. It breeds more hatred and disunity inside of the person discriminating.

Six Black Politicians You Probably Didn't Learn About In School

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics

African-Americans have been monumental -- and often controversial -- forces in the political realm since Reconstruction. Americans are hip to Marti...

Obama Was Breaking Barriers 25 Years Ago Today

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama became the first black president 25 years ago today -- of the Harvard Law Review, that is. The New York Times shared a scree...

Diplomacy and Policing

Ambassador Edward J. Perkins | Posted 04.07.2015 | Black Voices
Ambassador Edward J. Perkins

The current debate on police -- community relations in the United States is a perfect opportunity to show that our diversity, our struggle for civil rights and our determination to be a society that respects freedom of speech are values that strengthen us as a nation.

Black History Is American History

Herron Keyon Gaston | Posted 04.07.2015 | Black Voices
Herron Keyon Gaston

We must tell our stories from the boardroom to the courtroom; and from the outhouse to the White House. That we are at the heart of the American story, and without our story, there is no authentic American story.

Black History Month: From Slavery to Obama and Beyond

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 04.06.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

For those who genuinely believed the election of Barack Obama was the arrival of a post-racial America, I hope their examination of the significant opposition to the legitimacy of his first term as president and the continued intransigent opposition to him by a Republican-controlled Congress might provide some degree of a reality check on their belief.

Democracy's Education: Stirrings of Change

Harry Boyte | Posted 04.04.2015 | College
Harry Boyte

For many, science itself is at least partly to blame for higher education's travails, to the extent that it has become higher education's leading edge.

The High-Flying Adventures of Kristin Finley

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 04.02.2015 | Black Voices
Johnathan Lee Iverson

"My father would be rolling over in his grave if he knew I gave up a secure, well-paying job to start a circus career." Most parents mean well. They sincerely want the best for their children. Unfortunately, that often means the best as they see it.

Langston Hughes' 113th Birthday Honored Through Cool Google Doodle

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices

Google on Sunday celebrated what would have been the 113th birthday of famed African-American poet and social activist Langston Hughes through a power...