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Diane Nash, right, represented the Southern Christian Leadership Conference at the White House in 1963.

The Selfless Servant Leadership of the African-American Women of the Civil-Rights Movement

By Editors' Choice

These women didn’t stand on ceremony; they accepted the risks of activism and fought for worlds where others might have freedoms that they themselves would never enjoy. By Janet Dewart Bell — During the civil-rights movement, African Americans led the fight to free this country from the vestiges of slavery and Jim Crow. Though they all too often were—and remain—invisible to the public, African-American women played significant roles at all…

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William A. Darity Jr.

For Reparations: A Conversation With William A. Darity Jr.

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

William A. Darity Jr. is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics and the director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. The focus of his work is on inequality based on race, class, and ethnicity. He has been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and most recently Jacobin Magazine. He is currently co-writing with…

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Trump, Martin Luther King Jr

What if Martin Luther King Jr. had Lived?

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — There is a huge literary growth industry in counter-factual history. Or, to put it more simply, “what if” history. Now the what if question fifty years after the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is: “What if he had lived?” This is not merely an exercise in fun, what if speculation. The question provokes much thought about what America and the world might have…

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Dr Martin Luther King Jr speaking at a rally in Memphis, the city where he was killed. Memphis will also be the epicenter of events next week.

Martin Luther King: 50th anniversary of death will see events across nation

By News & Current Affairs

Commemorations are planned across the US for Wednesday to honor the civil rights leader on the date of his assassination. Much of the United States will come to a halt next Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination. Memphis, Tennessee, where Dr King was shot dead on 4 April 1968, will be the epicenter as all across the US commemorations are scheduled to honor the…

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The Kerner Commission was formed amid riots in Detroit in 1967

Half-century of US civil rights gains have stalled or reversed, report finds

By News & Current Affairs

Assessment 50 years after Kerner Commission points to child poverty and school segregation, along with emboldened white supremacists. By David Smith — Civil rights gains of the past half-century have stalled or in some areas gone into reverse, according to a report marking the 50th anniversary of the landmark Kerner Commission. Child poverty has increased, schools have become resegregated and white supremacists are becoming emboldened and more violent, the study says.…

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A Post Mortem for Black Power

By Editors' Choice

By William Small — As one who for over half a century has actively tried to engage in the political process in order to empower African descendant peoples, I now find myself asking the question “what ever happened to Black Power”? I have been around long enough “to remember when”. I remember when there existed in Black communities a spirit that spoke to collective interests and common concerns. This was something beyond…

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Amy Jacques Garvey with her husband, Marcus.

The Hidden History Of Black Nationalist Women’s Political Activism

By Editors' Choice

By Keisha N. Blain, the Conversation — Black History Month is an opportunity to reflect on the historical contributions of black people in the United States. Too often, however, this history focuses on black men, sidelining black women and diminishing their contributions. This is true in mainstream narratives of black nationalist movements in the United States. These narratives almost always highlight the experiences of a handful of black nationalist men, including…

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Rosa Parks being fingerprinted by Deputy Sheriff D.H. Lackey after being arrested for boycotting public transportation

What You Don’t Know About Rosa Parks

By Commentaries/Opinions

This week would’ve marked her 105th birthday — it’s time to move beyond the quiet seamstress narrative. By Urana McCauley as told to Liz Dwyer, Shondaland — This is how you know her: She was the tired seamstress who refused to give up her seat, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955. Maybe you remember Rosa Parks as that quiet, older woman being honored at an awards show. Or maybe…

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President Donald Trump shows an executive order entitled, 'Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch', after signing it beside members of his Cabinet in the Oval Office of the White House March 13, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

‘Kicking Off Black History Month,’ Trump Guts CFPB’s Ability to Curb Racial Discrimination by Banks

By News & Current Affairs

“These changes threaten effective enforcement of civil rights laws and increase the likelihood that people will continue to face discriminatory access and pricing as they navigate their economic lives.” By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams — In a move immediately condemned as yet another “shameful” effort by the Trump administration to roll back civil rights and reward big banks, the White House reportedly “stripped” a key Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) office of the power to take…

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Fugitive Slaves Recaptured: 1850

Even before sanctuary cities, here’s how black Americans protected fugitive slaves

By Reparations

By Barbara Krauthamer — Over the past few days, the national climate has grown increasingly tense over the issue of “sanctuary” cities and states. Local communities, including some college and university campuses, have pledged to shield undocumented children and adults from President Donald Trump’s proposals for deportation. Municipalities and campuses remain steadfast even in the face of the president’s threats to withhold federal funding from these communities. This opposition between federal authorities and local communities is…

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