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Black History Photo Of The Day

Posted 02.02.2013 | Black Voices

A picture is certainly worth a thousand words. And what better way to celebrate Black History Month than by taking a moment to acknowledge the snapsho...

Black History At HBCU: Is It Redundant?

Posted 02.01.2013 | Black Voices

By Jarrett L. Carter, HBCU Digest Living black history and learning it are two very different propositions with two invaluable outcomes, HBCU facu...

Black History Photo Of The Day

Posted 02.01.2013 | Black Voices

A picture is certainly worth a thousand words. And what better way to celebrate Black History Month than by taking a moment to acknowledge the snapsho...

Glamour's First Black Cover Model!

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 02.01.2013 | Black Voices

In celebration of Black History Month we're looking back at groundbreaking moments in fashion, beauty and beyond. There are plenty of firsts, little-k...

Buy Arthur Ashe's Wisdom Teeth

Posted 01.31.2013 | Black Voices

Tennis (and, perhaps, dental) enthusiasts are in for a treat next week when the estate of legendary sportsman Arthur Ashe goes on sale. The auction...

You and I Have the Power to Set This Country's Course: Setting the Tone for Obama's Second Term

Cheryl Contee | Posted 03.25.2013 | Black Voices
Cheryl Contee

I have to admit I felt more emotion than I expected during President Barack Obama's Second Inauguration. The congruence of so much history moved me.

What Every American Should Know About Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist Prophet

John Stauffer | Posted 03.10.2013 | Religion
John Stauffer

For Douglass, there was an intimate link between individual conversion and social reform. The path of reform flowed outward from self to society. Before eradicating social evil, you first had to purify the self.

Emancipation Day in New York and Brooklyn

Alan Singer | Posted 03.04.2013 | New York
Alan Singer

On January 1, 1863, after almost two years of uncertainty, questioning and debate, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, ending slavery in rebelling states as a war measure.

Emancipation: January 1, 1863

Ken Blackwell | Posted 03.02.2013 | Black Voices
Ken Blackwell

January 1, 2013, the National Archives places the Emancipation Proclamation on rare public display, the text is hardly legible, the victim of age and light. But Abraham Lincoln stands out clearly.

3 Reasons This Black Man Loved Django Unchained

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 02.26.2013 | Entertainment
Dr. Boyce Watkins

No matter how we feel about Django Unchained, we should be sure to remember that the best way to have our stories told is to tell them ourselves.  

A Letter To My Enslaved Ancestors On The 150th Anniversary Of The Emancipation Proclamation

Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. | Posted 02.22.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.

I don't know your names or from where you were stolen. I don't know how many of you freed yourselves or died in bondage. Yet I claim you all and I honor you.

Jonathan Odell Talks About Race, the Importance of Stories and The Healing

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 02.16.2013 | Books
Lois Alter Mark

"The traditions of midwifery sustained the community during the grim days of slavery and Jim Crow. It was also a source of pride and identity through generations of African Americans, before being supplanted by the white medical establishment."

Abraham Lincoln: The Man Who Freed The Slaves?

Leigh Owens | Posted 08.10.2014 | Black Voices
Leigh Owens

When I was a child in grade school, whenever a teacher asked us who Abraham Lincoln was and what he did, in unison we would all delightfully answer, "he freed the slaves." Yet it would be many years before I was able to fully comprehend the magnitude of what that entailed.

Learning to Speak:The Rhetorical Education of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 12.24.2012 | Black Voices
Andre E. Johnson

While Turner benefited from both the storytelling and singing to help shape his oratory, it was primarily the oratorical style of black preaching that gave his rhetoric its power.

Historical Black Churches Celebrated With New Tourism Guide

Posted 10.21.2012 | Black Voices

The church has long been a fundamental pillar in the black community, and one organization is making an effort to preserve the rich history of an inst...

LGBT History Month Icon Of The Day: Barbara Jordan

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 10.20.2012 | Gay Voices

Barbara Jordan, born and raised in Houston, Texas, made history twice in her early political career, becoming the first woman elected to the Texas Sen...

The Lost Voice of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 12.04.2012 | Black Voices
Andre E. Johnson

Turner's positions and proclamations did not fit the integrationist model that surfaced during this time. Therefore, African Americans and even the AME Church, who Turner embarrassed continually, decided to marginalize his work, writings, and record.

Benjamin E. Mays: Schoolmaster of the Civil Rights Movement

Christine A. Scheller | Posted 11.30.2012 | Religion
Christine A. Scheller

Martin Luther King Jr. didn't emerge on the civil rights scene fully formed but drew from a rich spiritual and intellectual heritage that he owed, in part, to his mentor, the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays.

The Racial Divide: Will It Widen Or Close?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.31.2012 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

We are once again at a critical turning point for our children and nation. Despite all the harsh lessons of the past and all the lofty rhetoric about who we want and need to be as a 21st century multicultural nation in a multiracial and multicultural world, we’re heading in the wrong direction.

Patrice Peck

A Black Church Steeped in History Strives To Regain Glory Days

HuffingtonPost.com | Patrice Peck | Posted 08.29.2012 | Black Voices

Deaconess Mary Cooper sat in an empty, front row pew at the Rossville A.M.E. Zion church reflecting on the summer roasts held in the congregation’s ...

Beyond February: Black History and The Importance of Discovering Institutional Memory

Charles Howard | Posted 10.20.2012 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

The presence of people of African descent on numerous teams across the globe is an open invitation to explore historic and contemporary migration patterns - both voluntary and involuntary - to broaden our perspectives about the world around us.

Brooklyn's African American History Remains Largely Forgotten and Unmarked

Alan Singer | Posted 10.14.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

January 1, 2013 is the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Finally "Brooklyn's in the House" in efforts to bring the story of slavery in the United States to a broader public.

Deep Rivers, Souls, and the Enduring Artistic Challenge: A Reflection on Paul Robeson and Rob Murat

Charles Howard | Posted 10.13.2012 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

Beyond his legendary athletic abilities and his brilliant scholarship, Robeson is best known as an Artist and as an Activist. His deep baritone emerges from a deep resolve to fight against oppression everywhere.

The Story Of The First Black Gold Medalist

Michelle Marques | Posted 08.13.2012 | Black Voices

Craig Williams walked through the gates of Eden Cemetery, the oldest African American cemetery in the U.S., one fall day in 2007. Even though the Coll...

Just Say No to Blackface: Neo-Minstrelsy and the Power to Dehumanize

Dr. David J. Leonard | Posted 10.08.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. David J. Leonard

Although some may dismiss the photos and Mr. Marrus' behavior as youthful indiscretion, as something of the past, and as harmless, these photos point to a larger history, one that whites have yet to reconcile within contemporary culture.