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The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther

Overview<p>The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther by Jeffrey Haas<p>Uncovering a cold-blooded …

It Is Expensive to Be Poor

Minimum-wage jobs are physically demanding, have unpredictable schedules, and pay so meagerly that workers can't save up enough to move on.<p>Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson made a move that was unprecedented at the time and remains unmatched by succeeding administrations. He announced a …

The Whitewashing of King’s Assassination

The death of Martin Luther King Jr. wasn’t a galvanizing event, but the premature end of a movement that had only just begun.<p>Editor’s Note: Read <i>The Atlantic</i>’s special coverage of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.<p>Image Above: Three days after King is murdered in Memphis, soldiers patrol riot-torn …

Black History

A stunning discovery about the start of the universe

<b>(CNN) —</b> For millennia, humans have sat under a clear midnight sky and marveled at the spectacle emblazoned across the heavens. The stars seem eternal, as if they have always been there. But there's just one problem.<p>It isn't so.<p>The universe was once entirely dark, with nary a light anywhere …

Universe

The Things That Come to Those Who Wait

A sociocultural history of the line.<p>A many-legged organism winds its way through Soho, crawling the block at an excruciating pace. It strains the flow of New York sidewalk traffic, as ubiquitous as the Eastern gray squirrel, attracting the attention of an alien from Mars. The sound it emits is of …

In Alabama, money keeps thousands of people away from the ballot box – and the state’s felon disenfranchisement policies are probably unconstitutional<p><i>This story is published in partnership with AL.com</i><p>Randi Lynn Williams assumes she will never be able to afford to vote again.<p>The 38-year-old resident …

African-American News

What's the Right Punishment for Tearing Down a Confederate Monument?

In Durham, the sheriff and district attorney appear divided over whether civil disobedience deserves greater leniency from the judicial system.<p>DURHAM, N.C.—As a crowd of protestors put a strap around a Confederate memorial on August 14 and pulled it off its plinth, Durham County sheriff’s deputies …

Rights & Freedoms

This Video Breaks Down the ABCs of Intersectionality

In 1989, the legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw used the term "intersectionality" for the first time to describe the multiple avenues of discrimination …

WATCH: Kenny Easley addresses race relations in HOF speech

Aug 5, 2017; Canton, OH, USA; Seattle Seahawks former safety Kenny Easley delivers his speech during the Professional Football HOF enshrinement …

Brooklyn Museum’s ‘Legacy of Lynching’ Exhibition Confronts Racial Terror

Over the past six years, the Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative has been chronicling racial terror lynchings used to enforce Jim Crow laws and …

This New Short Documentary Explains How Tobacco Companies Infiltrate Black Communities

"Black Lives/Black Lungs" filmmaker Lincoln Mondy: "Understanding the history of this 50-year-plus campaign is critical for taking back the health of …

How harsh is your speeding ticket? A new study suggests it may come down to your race.

The study said the racial bias was driven by a significant minority of police officers.<p>Is racism in law enforcement the problem of a few bad apples, or is the system as a whole rotten?<p>A new working paper looking at police officer discretion in speeding tickets in Florida tries to answer this …

NAACP Warns Black Folks, Women Against Traveling to Missouri: 'They May Not Be Safe'

National delegates for the NAACP voted Wednesday, July 28, to move forward with a travel advisory warning nonwhites, women, members of the LGBTQ …

NAACP Issues its First Ever Statewide Travel Advisory

For the first time ever, the NAACP is warning others not to travel to an entire state. Missouri is not safe for minorities, leaders concluded this …

NAACP Issues Travel Warning In Wake Of Missouri’s ‘Jim Crow Bill’

NAACP Issues Warning to People of Color and Women Traveling to Missouri

The NAACP has responded to Missouri's recent legislation on discrimination by issuing a travel warning for the state. The advisory calls for …

Missouri's "Jim Crow bill" leads NAACP to issue travel warning

<b>JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. --</b> Americans used to getting warnings about the potential dangers of traveling overseas, but this summer, the NAACP put out an …

Eric Greitens

Young blood: Scientists say this protein could be key to reversing aging process

The suggestion that young blood may be the key to reversing some of the negative aspects of aging sounds like the setup to a horror movie. In …

Stem Cells

Kentucky Just Passed a Law That Allows LGBTQ Discrimination in Schools

While the Trump administration reportedly mulls a national version of a so-called “religious liberty” order, the state of Kentucky is one step ahead. …

What would MLK do if he were alive today: Six essential reads

<i>Editor’s note: The following is a roundup of archival stories.</i><p>March 21 marks the anniversary of the third protest march from Selma led by Dr. Martin …

Rights & Freedoms

Bail Reform: A Civil Liberties Briefing

Every day nearly 450,000 people languish in jail without ever being convicted of a crime. Ohio’s punitive bail system is costly, racially biased, …

#Flint: EPA Awards $100,000,000 for Water-Crisis Recovery as City to Begin Shutoffs for Nonpayment of Water Bills

More than 1,000 days after Flint, Mich.’s water crisis started, relief in the form of a $100 million grant is on the way to help the city fix its …

Prejudice / Discrimination

Prejudice, a prejudgment or assumption made about someone without the adequate knowledge to do so with guaranteed accuracy, can negatively impact …

LGBTQI

A decade haunted by mass poverty, violent extremism and world war gives us one crucial advantage: the chance to learn the era’s lessons and avoid its mistakes<p>Even to mention the 1930s is to evoke the period when human civilisation entered its darkest, bloodiest chapter. No case needs to be argued; …

Prince Charles

The ACLU’s Class on How to Resist President Trump

The constitutional-rights organization is inaugurating an online meetup for tens of thousands of supporters. The topic: fighting for immigrant rights.<p>…

Federal magistrate judge in Illinois rules that being forced to unlock your phone with a fingerprint could violate your rights

M. David Weisman, a magistrate judge in Illinois's Eastern Division, denied a federal warrant application that would have allowed law enforcement …

Man Heard Using Racial Slurs Before Shooting 3 People in Kan. Bar, Leaving 1 Dead

A man who allegedly shot three people at an Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kan., on Wednesday, leaving one dead, was reportedly heard using racial …

Arizona Is Working On A Very Bad Law To Let The Government Seize Protesters’ Assets

A bill that just passed the state Senate would lump rioting in with racketeering, and make anyone involved with a peaceful protest that turns violent “guilty by association.”<p>Following a few years of powerful Black Lives Matter protests and the encampment at Standing Rock, 2017 has continued to be a …

Jay Z's Tidal Marks Five-Year Anniversary of Trayvon Martin Shooting with Powerful Social Justice Film

Jay Z’s Tidal and Harry Belafonte’s social justice organization Sankofa have united to produce a new visual EP that serves as a sobering reminder of …

3 books about African American history

Three outstanding new books celebrate Black History Month with offerings in genres as disparate as literature, military history, and social …