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Black History

The Butler and Social Progress: A Lesson in Opposites

Roslyn M. Brock | Posted 10.21.2013 | Black Voices
Roslyn M. Brock

Positive images of the diverse and perplexing roles we have played in American culture on all fronts remind us of our enduring strength and challenge us to keep getting stronger.

March on Washington: John Lewis' Speech - Then and Now

Sonia Grant | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Sonia Grant

The demands of the original march for 'Jobs and Freedom' remain pertinent and John Lewis could dust off his original speech and it would still sound fresh.

For 50th Anniversary of March on Washington, Pictures of Places That Helped Shape the Civil Rights Movement

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 10.13.2013 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Historic sites that represent the fight for equality in America are essential to telling the full story of this important chapter of our nation's history.

The Rumpled Genius

Michael A. Hardy | Posted 10.13.2013 | Black Voices
Michael A. Hardy

Better known as Bill Lynch, he was a force in New York and national politics. He was a great strategist and a true organizer. He cared deeply about the well-being of this nation, this state, this city, his community and his people.

The March to the Dream

Kitty Kelley | Posted 10.12.2013 | Black Voices
Kitty Kelley

They marched and sang and swayed to the soaring sounds of the Freedom Singers and Odetta and Marian Anderson; they sat ten-deep at the Reflecting Pool, many dangling their feet in the water like pilgrims who once gathered at the Sea of Galilee.

Obama Awards Bayard Rustin -- the Man Behind the March -- the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Honoring Rustin with the Medal of Freedom tells us something about how far America has come as a nation in the past 50 years. After all, he had four strikes against him. He was a pacifist, a radical, black and gay. Controversy surrounded him all his life.

Henry Louis Gates' Next PBS Documentary

AP | FRAZIER MOORE | Posted 10.07.2013 | Black Voices

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — After a tragedy like the Trayvon Martin killing, calls routinely arise for a conversation about race.But Henry Louis Gat...

Knitting Is More Important Than Homework

Mara Menachem | Posted 09.17.2013 | Parents
Mara Menachem

You know when people say listen to your gut? One afternoon in first grade, my gut finally talked and I listened. And my gut was yelling at me to help my child be a kid.

D.C. Art Exhibits Highlight 150 Years Of Black History

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 06.28.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- More than 150 years of African-American history from slavery to civil rights and contemporary suburban life are in focus in two new exhi...

Prominent Artist's First D.C. Show (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.27.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- "I try to make work about things that matter," Kerry James Marshall says to describe his art, which uses paint and canvas to tell storie...

Five Judges in Black Who Think White

Martin Garbus | Posted 08.25.2013 | Black Voices
Martin Garbus

The court has now effectively struck down the Voting Rights Act. It is not likely that this partisan Congress can ever arrive at legislation that is fully committed to the preservation of the voting rights of all citizens.

We Love Festival Season

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.24.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- African-American style and identity, endangered languages and Hungarian culture get the spotlight treatment at this year's Smithsonian F...

Black Youth, Education and Sports: Resisting Stereotypes and Historical Blindness

David Bedrick | Posted 08.20.2013 | Black Voices
David Bedrick

It is not only the lack of appreciation for the historical context that dulls people's understanding and analysis, it is also the fact that some people regard black aspiration in sports as a result of natural ability in athletics along with a concomitant lack of intellectual ability.

Kanye West, Lil Wayne and the Misappropriation of Black History

Ernest Owens | Posted 08.17.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Black history deserves to be regarded highly as well as we would anything else sacred in our society... let's please start treating it as such.

Hip-Hop Reappropriates Emmett Till

Travis M. Andrews | Posted 08.12.2013 | Entertainment
Travis M. Andrews

Superstars like Lil' Wayne using Emmett Till's name for credibility isn't new. Why Lil' Wayne lost his contract over this particular reference is simply a perfect storm of events.

Notes on Frederick Douglass' Long Journey to the U.S. Capitol

John Muller | Posted 08.11.2013 | DC
John Muller

Now, more than a century later, the life of Frederick Douglass has come full circle; on June 19th a statue of his likeness will be permanently placed in the Capitol's Emancipation Hall joining 18 other men and women so honored.

Explore Southwest Florida's Rich Black History

Visit Florida | Posted 07.29.2013 | Travel
Visit Florida

In 1954, Carl Strickland -- the first black officer to serve on the Naples, Fla., police force, and the first Naples officer killed in the line of dut...

Who Invented Memorial Day?

Jim Downs | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics
Jim Downs

As America recognizes the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclaimation, we would do well to revisit the origins of Memorial Day among freedpeople in Charleston.

History At The Kentucky Derby

The Huffington Post | Jermaine Spradley | Posted 05.03.2013 | Black Voices

Kevin Krigger stands to make history this weekend. For the first time since 2000, and for only the second time since 1921, a black jockey will ride in...

Legends Of The Mississippi Delta

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 06.18.2013 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

If you can't wait for the fall, take a virtual spin now of the featured tour stops.

'We Made A Lot of Mistakes But We Were Right' -- Robert Redford Explores Radical Questions From the 60s and Today

Rick Ayers | Posted 06.16.2013 | Entertainment
Rick Ayers

It has finally happened. We knew it was coming. With the release of Robert Redford's film adaptation of Neil Gordon's book The Company You Keep, the Weather Underground has achieved the status of a cultural trope.

The 50th Anniversary of a Letter's Living Legacy

Eric Motley | Posted 06.16.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Motley

In his cell, fifty years ago this week, Dr. King wrote what became known as the manifesto of the civil rights movement, the "Letter from Birmingham Jail," in which he set forth his views on justice and nonviolence and challenged the consciences not just of his addressees but of the world

An a-Pauling Lesson in Black History

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

When Rand Paul asks wide-eyed innocently how the Republican Party has lost the faith and trust of an entire race, he might want to look at all the efforts by Republican legislatures to make it difficult for blacks to do something as simple and basic as vote, for starters.


Dwight Brown | Posted 06.09.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

nd though you think you may know his story, you couldn't possibly fathom the horrors Jackie Robinson endured to pave the way for black athletes.

Can the Blues Rescue the Mississippi Delta? Part 3

Debra Devi | Posted 05.26.2013 | Arts
Debra Devi

On my Mississippi Delta book tour for The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu I met people working together to develop a blues tourism industry with the potential to economically rescue the Delta -- the poorest region in our nation.