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African American History

Google Recognizes Incredible American Heroine

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Black Voices

In this search-engine dominated era of the internet, and more often than we might like to admit, people have come to expect and count on the Google ho...

Minorities in STEM: Past, Present and Future

George M. Langford | Posted 02.28.2014 | College
George M. Langford

As the demographics in the United States evolve, we as educators must work to increase the number of minority students in these disciplines, disciplines where they remain under represented.

The Space Age, Race and a Quiet Revolution

Dr. Mae Jemison | Posted 02.28.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Mae Jemison

Alongside me the day in 1992 when we launched, in the historical background, were others -- the African-American engineers, rocket scientists, physicists, administrators, technicians and life scientists who helped build the space program.

How Mississippi Burning Helped Get Justice for Slain Civil Rights Workers

Sir Alan Parker | Posted 02.27.2014 | Black Voices
Sir Alan Parker

Sometimes, a film can inspire others to seek and achieve justice 41 years later for those three, very young men who were murdered on that red-dirt road in Mississippi.

The Apollo Theater and Politics

Ted Fox | Posted 02.26.2014 | Black Voices
Ted Fox

Throughout its history, the theater was always available for special benefit shows, and the Apollo hosted dozens of them.

Mississippi Burning, Reconsidered

Chris Gerolmo | Posted 02.26.2014 | Black Voices
Chris Gerolmo

In however small a way, we might have influenced the history of a nation for the better right there. How many times do you get to do that in a screenwriting career?

Black History is NASA History Too

Charles F. Bolden, Jr. | Posted 02.25.2014 | Black Voices
Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

I am proud to be among the pioneering cadre of Black astronauts who broke both gravitational and color barriers when we first blasted off into space.

Is Black Mosque Not Black Enough?

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 02.18.2014 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

The "Black Mosque" voice and story must be part of the overall narration of black history in this country. This month-long attempt to remember and honor black history cannot be complete and authentic if it continues to selectively highlight certain stories within "black history" and continues to exclude and disregard others.

Who's Afraid of Black History?

Joe Brewster | Posted 04.16.2014 | Black Voices
Joe Brewster

Slavery is a notoriously fraught subject for Americans to navigate, but for Black students -- particularly those in predominately white school settings -- all of American history can feel riddled with landmines, even during Black History Month.

Reading Black History, Aloud

LeVar Burton | Posted 04.06.2014 | Black Voices
LeVar Burton

Mother Nature, the power of a nascent storytelling art form in the televised mini-series, and a nation largely ignorant of and reluctant to come to terms with the horrors of its slave-owning past conspired to create a 'perfect storm' of enlightenment in America.

The Black Pearl

Ana Nance | Posted 03.26.2014 | Travel
Ana Nance

A Cypress tree takes a bow as a cat crosses the street, then stops in its tracks lifting its back leg to scratch his belly with absolutely no care in ...

Happy National Genocide (Thanksgiving) Day!

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Breedlove

In 1637 the body of a white man was discovered dead in a boat. Armed settlers -- which we tell our children were God fearing, gentle, sharing, kind Pilgrims -- invaded a Pequot village. They also set the village, which included many children, on fire.

Boardwalk Empire's Negro Problem: Creative License With DuBois and Garvey

Nsenga Burton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Nsenga Burton

It is painful to think that the first introduction that some viewers are having to W.E.B. DuBois and Marcus Garvey is through the lens of this television show, however brilliant the writing, cinematography and acting.

Black Films Take Center Stage at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.17.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

This year the footprint black films and artists have left behind is resoundingly deeper, bigger and better than ever before. Especially when you consider that director Steven McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, a graphic and compelling allegory about slavery, has won the festival's prestigious People's Choice Award.

Hair Healing for All the Little Tianas

Jessica Joseph | Posted 11.09.2013 | Black Voices
Jessica Joseph

Mothers, tanties and teachers: It breaks my heart to tell you this but you unknowingly slipped something toxic in your home-cooked chicken soup for the soul and fed it to your daughters and granddaughters. You told us that in order to enter woman-hood and embrace all the beauty that comes with it, we must undergo a painful rite of passage called the chemical relaxer, perm or hot comb.

Leon Sullivan and Me: How We Stopped Surveillance Tech Sales From US Automakers to Apartheid South Africa

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.03.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

Reverend Leon Sullivan revolutionized American business forever with the creation of the Sullivan Principles. He should be better known to the general public.

WATCH: What Oprah Hopes People Will Learn From 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

OWN | Posted 08.08.2013 | OWN

"Lee Daniels' The Butler" spans nearly 35 years of American history, including the turbulent years of the civil rights movement. In an interview for...

The Many Civil War Draft Riots: Violence From 150 Years Ago, in New York and Beyond

Greg Young | Posted 09.10.2013 | New York
Greg Young

The Civil War Draft Riots set the city aflame for an entire week, starting on July 13, 1863. The weariness of a lingering war, paired with pro-South sentiments held by some New Yorkers, ignited a conflict over a military draft that sentenced working class men -- many newly arrived immigrants -- to a grisly fate.

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...

WATCH: Congress Honors 2 Of Nation's First Black Marines

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact

African-American veterans of World War II endured hardships not only on the battlefield, but also while facing severe racial inequalities of their tim...

What Do We Tell Our Children About Slavery?

Janus Adams | Posted 08.19.2013 | Black Voices
Janus Adams

This Freedom Day reminds us that only by confronting what is wrong can we make things right. To see ourselves as part of the struggle is to empower ourselves as part of the solution.

Oprah's Big D.C. Move!

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.11.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Oprah Winfrey has donated $12 million to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, the museum announced...

LOOK: Race Wall That Once Separated Blacks And Whites Still Standing

AP | JEFF KAROUB | Posted 05.01.2013 | Detroit

DETROIT -- When Eva Nelson-McClendon first moved to Detroit's Birwood Street in 1959, she didn't know much about the wall across the street. At 6 feet...

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.