"Where Do We Go From Here?" the title of MLK's last book, describes how Black Americans felt about 2020, a year with COVID-19; job losses; the police-involved deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and others; and racist rhetoric coming from the highest places in the nation. But 2021 brings hope, with vaccines and the promise of more equitable policies with a new administration. This edition examines the unease from last year and in years past and lays out a vision as we move forward.
History is imperfect. Depending on who is depicting the past, certain truths go untold. That is the lesson of 1619, a year that (until recently) few people understood as significant in American and African-American history. Here's everything you need to know about its importance, plus a roundup of ways to celebrate Black history this month — and beyond.
Black history is American history, but it’s not treated as such. It’s sectioned off like the VIP section in the club, only without the VIP treatment. If you're interested in learning more about Black history—because Black history is your history—you'll probably have to look outside your classroom. Here are moments, developments and figures in Black history that you should know about.