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Frederick Douglass

Erasing The Stamp Of Racism: My Conversation With Award-Winning Author Ibram X. Kendi

Robert J. Benz | Posted 03.12.2017 | Home
Robert J. Benz

Ibram X. Kendi is a historian at the University of Florida specializing in racist and antiracist ideas and movements. His second book, Stamped from th...

This Chilling Photo Collection Captures Fascinating Black History Artifacts

The Huffington Post | Zahara Hill | Posted 03.01.2017 | Black Voices

For over nine years, Wendel White has been venturing to countless museums throughout the U.S. to photograph historical black artifacts for his “Mani...

Alternative Facts (the song)

Matt Farmer | Posted 02.15.2017 | Politics
Matt Farmer

With her now infamous January 22 appearance on Meet The Press, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, demonstrated that she and her boss oper...

10 Things You May Not Know About Frederick Douglass

Karim Gilliam | Posted 02.17.2017 | Black Voices
Karim Gilliam

Frederick Douglass is one of the most important figures in American history, but many know little about the legendary abolitionist. Long before the Ci...

The Department Of Education Can't Spell W.E.B. Du Bois' Name

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 02.12.2017 | Black Voices

Maybe the Department of Education should have double-checked the spelling of W.E.B. Du Bois’ name with Frederick Douglass before tweeting about him....

The Alt-Reality Presidency

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.10.2017 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

A strong early resistance offers hope. In 1852, long before the advent of reality television, a self-taught former slave delivered what students of...

Chicago Violence Requires A Real Commitment, Not A Passing Presidential Tweet

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 02.06.2017 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

At the end of the day, violence in Chicago and elsewhere must be dealt with -- even if we have to work with somebody we're uncomfortable with.

White Children Need To Know More Black History

Justin Cohen | Posted 02.03.2017 | Education
Justin Cohen

At a Wednesday breakfast in honor of Black History Month, Donald Trump made some truly bizarre comments about nineteenth century abolitionist Frederic...

A Note To Trump, From Frederick Douglass' Direct Descendants

Robert J. Benz | Posted 02.02.2017 | Black Voices
Robert J. Benz

As Co-Founder of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, I’m able to publish, exclusively, the following statement from the direct descendants of Fre...

If Trump Praised Other Historic Figures Like He Did Frederick Douglass

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 02.01.2017 | Comedy

On Wednesday, while touting the United States’ rich African-American history for the start of Black History Month, President Donald Trump praised ab...

People Cannot Get Over The Way Trump Described Frederick Douglass

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 02.03.2017 | Black Voices

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump gave a televised speech in honor of Black History Month. Unsurprisingly, he noted several celebrated black Americ...

35 Years Slogging Toward Progress

Mark A. Thompson | Posted 11.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark A. Thompson

Amidst the darkness of post-election despair, my husband and I celebrated our 35th anniversary. When we first got together, we had one friend who tol...

For the Trump Era: Fight Not Flight

Norman Solomon | Posted 11.10.2016 | Politics
Norman Solomon

A lot of U.S. citizens are now talking about leaving the country. Canada, Europe and New Zealand are popular scenarios. Moving abroad might be an individual solution. But the social solution is to stay and put up a fight.

Frederick Douglas Schools Thomas Jefferson In This 'Epic Rap Battle'

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 06.03.2016 | Black Voices

Frederick Douglass and Thomas Jefferson go head-to-head in the latest edition of "Epic Rap Battles of History," posted on YouTube Monday. The former p...

A Street Artist Celebrates Black History One Portrait At A Time

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 03.30.2016 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Funded from his own pocket, 34-year-old Mel Waters devised the project for himself and executed it on city walls (and one delivery truck) to pay tribute to famous African Americans during Black History Month.

10 Things You May Not Have Known About Frederick Douglass

Karim Gilliam | Posted 02.02.2017 | Black Voices
Karim Gilliam

Frederick Douglass is one of the most important figures in American history, but many know little about the legendary abolitionist. In honor of Black History Month let's remember or newly discover the incredible life and achievements of Frederick Douglass.

Today's Google Doodle Is Honoring Frederick Douglass, And It's Awesome

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 02.01.2016 | Black Voices

Today's Google Doodle is kicking off Black History Month brilliantly, with an illustration celebrating the life of Frederick Douglass. The abolitionis...

Prophets, Kings, and Black Lives Matter

Mark Osler | Posted 01.26.2017 | Religion
Mark Osler

My hometown of Minneapolis was recently captivated by a now-familiar drama that played out on our streets. First, a black man (Jamar Clark) died at th...

Picturing Frederick Douglass

Robert J. Feldman | Posted 12.29.2016 | Black Voices
Robert J. Feldman

This landmark coffee table tome, Picturing Frederick Douglass, proves that Douglass was over a century ahead of his time by permitting himself to be photographed, canonized and ultimately loved by photographers' lenses.

The Stuggle for Justice Continues: December 6th, 2015 Marks the 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 12.04.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

As we reflect on the 13th Amendment, we are reminded that the struggle for justice will continue until we realize the vision of a free and just America for all.

Frederick Douglass Agreed With Bernie Sanders on Race in America

Alan Singer | Posted 09.18.2016 | Politics
Alan Singer

In a New York Times op-ed, Princeton University History Professor Sean Wilentz disputed claims that United States Constitution was a pro-slavery document.

Helping Black Boys Survive: What A Difference A Smile Makes

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.07.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Basic respect and human decency--just plain kindness--can go a long way in building self-esteem in our children and helping a young person in crisis make it to the next step.

Frederick Douglass and Southern Politics

Steven Conn | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Steven Conn

Nearly 170 years after Frederick Douglass published his autobiography, Ta-Nehisi Coates has published his own expression of what it is like to be black in these United States. As we read this book, it is worth remembering what Douglass taught us: Racial injustice, rooted in the very bones of the nation, has poisoned us all.

How Progressives Talk About July 4 And Our National History

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

There has to be a way we can do what needs doing, to shine a light on the problems and injustices in our country, while still publicly embracing a commitment to the whole country, the whole community.

Read The Best July Fourth Oration Ever Given

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics

In 1852, the abolitionist Frederick Douglass delivered what could be considered the best July Fourth oration ever given. In an address to the Ladies...