Rockwool Pipeline Construction May Disturb African-American Cemetery

By John Zangas and Anne Meador, Dcmediagroup.us -

Ranson, W.Va.–Granny Smith Lane was until recently riddled with almost impassable potholes. If you navigated them successfully and wound your way to the end of the narrow, tree-lined roadway, you [...]

Sharing Black History One Story At A Time: Festival Reaches 27 Years

By Niko Georgiades, Unicornriot.ninja -

Minneapolis, MN – The Black Storytellers Alliance (BSA) finished its 27th year of showcasing Black master storytellers from around the United States with a weekend of free events for the [...]

22 Million Reasons Black America Doesn’t Trust Banks

By Marcus Anthony Hunter, Theconversation.com -

“This bank is just what the freedmen need,” remarked President Abraham Lincoln on March 3, 1865, as he signed the Freedman’s Bank Act, authorizing the organization of a national bank for recently [...]

What You Don’t Know About Rosa Parks

By Urana McCauley as told to Liz Dwyer, Shondaland. -

Rosa Parks — my Auntie Rosa — was not just a tired old lady who sat down on a bus one day. With February 4 being (what would have been) my great aunt’s 105th birthday, I’m going to Woodlawn [...]

Black History Month From Death Row

By Kevin Cooper, Truthdig.com -

Death Row, San Quentin Prison—From Dec. 17, 2003, to Feb. 9, 2004, the prison guards and administration at this modern-day plantation changed me, rearranged me, oppressed me, regressed me, [...]

100 Years Ago African-Americans Marched Down 5th Ave To Declare: Black Lives Matter

By Chad Williams, -

By Chad Williams for The Conversation - The only sounds were those of muffled drums, the shuffling of feet and the gentle sobs of some of the estimated 20,000 onlookers. The women and children [...]

Unsung Black Heroines Launched Modern Domestic Workers Movement

By Premilla Nadasen, www.yesmagazine.org -

By Premilla Nadasen for Yes! Magazine - In the late 1990s, household workers around the country began to organize to address the exploitation and abuse in their occupation. These domestic [...]

How Memorial Day Was Stripped Of Its African-American Roots

By Ben Becker, www.dominionofnewyork.com -

By Ben Becker for Dominion of New York - What we now know as Memorial Day began as “Decoration Day” in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. Civil War. It was a tradition initiated by former slaves [...]

Community Had Duty To Shut Down County Hearing On Burial Ground

By Marsha Adebayo, www.blackagendareport.com -

By Marsha Adebayo for Black Agenda Report - Black community members attempting to preserve an ancestral burial ground charge they were “deceived, misled and ambushed” by officials in suburban [...]

Lost Manuscript Of Eyewitness Account Of Tulsa Race Massacre

By Allison Keyes, www.smithsonianmag.com -

By Allison Keyes for Smithsonian - The manuscript, "The Tulsa Race Riot and Three of Its Victims," by B.C. Franklin was recovered from a storage area in 2015 and donated to the African American [...]

The Hunt For Black Family History

By Mandisa Routheni, www.otherwords.org -

By Mandisa Routheni for Other Words - Simple genealogy searches don't work for people whose ancestors were treated like property. But some new tools could help. Maybe you’ve seen those [...]

Sanctuary Echoes Cities Opposing The Fugitive Slave Act

By Tim Butterworth, www.otherwords.org -

By Tim Butterworth for Other Words - A century and a half before Trump's refugee ban, cities like Boston rebelled against the Fugitive Slave Act. Shortly after Donald Trump’s order to ban [...]

James Baldwin And The Meaning Of Whiteness

By Chris Hedges, www.truthdig.com -

By Chris Hedges for Truth Dig - Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro” is one of the finest documentaries I have ever seen—I would have stayed in the theater in New York to see the film again if the next [...]

WEB Du Bois: Retracing His Attempt To Challenge Racism With Data

By Mona Chalabi, www.http://theguardian.com/ -

By Mona Chalabi for The Guardian - The civil rights pioneer and scholar is most famous for his book The Souls of Black Folk, but his use of data to show inequality is still profound today. Any [...]

Even Before Sanctuary Cities, Here’s How Black Americans Protected Fugitive Slaves

By Barbara Krauthamer, www.theconversation.com -

By Barbara Krauthamer for The Conversation - While the Constitution mainly called for the return of runaway slaves, the 1850 law vastly expanded the authority of federal law enforcement [...]

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