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Black History Is American History

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.

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    6 Civil Rights Activists Who Changed History

    6 Civil Rights Activists Who Changed History

    This op-ed celebrates Black History Month by recognizing the contributions of six legendary civil rights icons. At the beginning of my organizing career, I believed there was only one genuine way for me to shake the foundation of my community: attending protests and bellowing into a megaphone. I …

    Women's Suffrage Leaders Left Out Black Women

    Women's Suffrage Leaders Left Out Black Women

    Despite what you may have learned in school. OG History is a Teen Vogue series where we unearth history not told through a white, cisheteropatriarchal lens. In this piece, black feminist writer, editor, and critic Evette Dionne explains how many famous white people working for women's suffrage were …

    The Greensboro Sit-In Protests, Explained

    The Greensboro Sit-In Protests, Explained

    OG History is a Teen Vogue series where we unearth history not told through a white, cisheteropatriarchal lens. The first day of Black History Month is also the anniversary of a historic civil rights protest and the birth of a student-led movement. February 1 marks the 59th anniversary of the start …

    I Am My Ancestor's Wildest Dreams

    I Am My Ancestor's Wildest Dreams

    This Black History Month, I'm celebrating myself. In this lyrical op-ed, writer Brianne James provides a personal take on the victories worth celebrating this Black History Month. I am agency—I have it laced across my lips. I don’t fear prosecution for expressing my opinion because freedom of speech …

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