Black History

Listen: Voice recordings of actual black slaves once indentured in the South

This video of the January 12, 1999 broadcast of <i>Nightline</i> is really quite remarkable. It shares clips of voice recordings made in the mid-twentieth …

Black Culture

The huge problem with comparing Lee and Davis to Washington and Jefferson

We celebrate the good things the founders did. Confederates didn’t do anything good.<p>As part of Tuesday afternoon’s bizarre remarks on the white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, President Donald Trump suggested that removing monuments to Confederate military and political leaders could …

Politics

Birmingham's Mayor Isn't Allowed to Take Down a Confederate Monument, So He Did the Next Best Thing

While communities around the country grapple with what to do about the shameful legacy embodied in the various Confederate monuments they have on …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Scholars say Trump went afoul in lumping Lee with founders

They were both were great generals. Both Virginians. Both came from slave-owning plantation families. Is it really so far-fetched to put Robert E. Lee in the same category as George Washington, as President Donald Trump did Tuesday?<p>Historians, for the most part, say yes. Professor Gregory Downs of …

Politics

Confederate statues don’t just promote white supremacy. They erase those who dared to revolt.

I'm a black Southerner. I had to go abroad to see a statue celebrating black liberation.<p>This July, I traveled to Barbados to unwind and get away. I didn’t know I’d encounter a monument that would help me understand how America processes our history.<p>Heading into town from the airport, we circled a …

U.S. Politics

How the Nazis Were Inspired by Jim Crow

In 1935, Nazi Germany passed two radically discriminatory pieces of legislation: the Reich Citizenship Law and the Law for the Protection of German …

Jim Crow Laws

Wait! California Had Confederates Too?

I had no idea that there were Confederate monuments in the state of California, so color me surprised when I found out that one of them was located …

African-American News

Frederick Douglass Is Dead

& might very well remain that way, <br>despite the best attempts<br>of our present overlord to resurrect<p>him without a single living <br>black mother’s …

Frederick Douglass

Texans at national monuments respond to Trump statements on removing Washington, Jefferson tributes

WASHINGTON -- Texans visiting national monuments in Washington, D.C. dismissed President Donald Trump's comments that monuments to the Founding …

American History

This is what America needs to do with all its remaining Confederate statues and plantations

Only in America do we celebrate treason. The Confederate States of America – and those who governed and fought for it – were in open rebellion …

History

Netflix’s “The Defenders” isn’t the best Marvel series, but it may be what we need right now

When real leaders refuse to call evil by its name, there's some solace in watching heroes fight against it<p>Before diving into a review of “The Defenders,” rolling out this Friday on Netflix, I am compelled just state that watching live TV simply can be an unbearable experience right now. I’m not …

Liberal View

Historian on Ky. Confederacy: Time to remove the statues

Late Saturday, prompted by events in Virginia, Mayor Jim Gray announced he would expedite the removal of two Confederate monuments from the lawn of …

Jim Crow Laws

Charlottesville: One battle in a war for America’s very soul

What makes America great is that we are willing to fix what’s wrong<p>I’ve been going to Charlottesville, Virginia to visit relatives and the home of my ancestors since I was four years old. Practically every summer we used to visit my great-grandmother, Mary Walker Randolph, a …

History

Washington D.C. Unveils Its Largest Ever Construction Project: $441 Million Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge Replacement

Washington, D.C. has unveiled the design of the city’s largest ever construction project: a $411 million bridge spanning the Anacostia River that …

Black Culture

Simone Askew Makes History By Becoming First African-American To Lead West Point Cadets

History was made on Monday when Simone Askew became the first African-American to lead the lead the Long Gray Line at the West Point United States …

Conservative View

Charlottesville violence revives painful past for minorities

Bernard Lafayette fought to end segregation during the civil rights movement. But after watching events in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend and hearing President Donald Trump blame both sides for the deadly violence, he realized that changing laws did not change enough hearts and minds.<p>"It …

News (U.S.)

Philadelphia's First Public Statue Honoring A Black Person To Be Unveiled This September

There's been a lot of news this week about Confederate monuments: people tearing them down, and people trying to keep them from being torn down.<p>Now …

Black Culture

Barack Obama's Charlottesville Tweet Becomes Most-Liked In Twitter History

Former President <b>Barack Obama</b>'s first Charlottesville tweet has officially become the most-liked tweet in Twitter history!<p>Over the weekend, white …

Music

Maryland Governor Orders Statue of Justice That Made the Call in Dred Scott Case Removed From State House

After a Confederate statue was pulled down by a mob of protesters in Durham, North Carolina, there has been an uproar over monuments that have …

Black Culture

Bolt, Usain St. Leo (1986- ) | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia<p>Usain Bolt, known as the “fastest man on earth,” has won a phenomenal nine Olympic gold medals the 2008, 2012, and 2016 …

Olympics

Baltimore Wastes No Time, Tears Down Confederate Monuments 1 Day After Vote to Remove Them

Baltimore took quick action after showing its hand, removing Confederate statues across the city in the early morning hours of Wednesday morning, …

African-American News

Eric Foner: White Nationalists, Neo-Confederates, and Donald Trump

<i>Eric Foner is an award-winning historian of the Civil War and Reconstruction, author most recently of</i> Battles for Freedom: The Use and Abuse of …

Liberal View

I’m Black, Jewish And Gay — And Food Is My Weapon Against Bigotry

A culinary historian responds to the violence in Charlottesville through a deeply personal lens, and suggests that food offers a point of connection.

Jewish Culture

Children’s book on Black political heroes inspires youth to carry the torch

Black politics reached its highest of heights upon the election of former president <b>Barack Obama</b>, however, African-American political leadership and …

Black Lives Matter

After “Stallions” backlash, Frederick Douglass High School unveils new mascot

@HLPreps<p>Remember when Lexington’s new Frederick Douglass High School made its mascot the Stallions then had to reverse the decision after major …

Black Culture

Kanye West is Up for a Prestigious Design Award (Yes You Read That Correctly)

The London Design Museum announces finalists for its annual Beazley Designs of the Year<p>When the London Design Museum announced finalists for its tenth annual Beazley awards on Wednesday, one name stuck out in the crowd: Kanye West. The rapper-turned-fashion designer nabbed a finalist spot in the …

Kanye West

FACT CHECK: Did Abraham Lincoln Express Opposition to Racial Equality?

CLAIM<p>In 1858, Lincoln expressed his opposition to racial equality and asserted the superiority of white people.<p>RATING<p>TRUE<p>ORIGIN<p>In the aftermath of …

Racism

LeBron James Teams Up With Octavia Spencer For (Much Needed) Madam C.J. Walker Series!

<b>LeBron James</b> is whipping out his producer hat again for a new project about America's first female millionaire,<b> Madam C.J. Walker</b>, starring <b>Octavia</b> …

Black Culture

Did the Erie Canal help put an end to slavery?

Austin Steward was born into slavery in 1793 in Virginia, where he worked as an errand boy on the plantation of a cruel master. Whippings were …

Black Culture

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For decades since their inception in the 1960s, members of the liberation group known as the Black Panthers were labeled thugs and hateful extremists …

Black Power