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Fredrika Newton stands next to the bust of her late husband, Black Panther co-founder Huey P. Newton. (Marisa Penaloza/NPR)

The National Park Service expands its African-American history sites

By John Burnett and Marisa Peñaloza, NPR On a cool spring day, Fredrika Newton — the widow of Black Panther co-founder, Huey P. Newton — stands next to a bronze bust of her late husband. It’s situated in a wide, landscaped median in the west end of Oakland that the Panthers called home. “The Black…

Dred Scott was described by the Supreme Court of the United States at the time as being “of an inferior order.” (Getty Images)

The case against the Supreme Court of the United States

Some people argue we should rethink SCOTUS because it continues to do more harm than good as a result of its racist and conservative origins.

Michelle Colón, the executive director of SHERo Mississippi, at an abortion rights rally in Jackson, Miss. (SHERo Mississippi)

She helps Black people in Mississippi get abortions. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling won’t stop her

By CBC Radio ‘I’m going to defy this ruling, defy this law, with everything in my being,’ says Michelle Colón A woman who runs a reproductive rights organization in Mississippi says she will keep helping people access abortion services, in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning of Roe. v. Wade. On Friday, the top U.S.…

Protesters gathered in Columbus, Ohio, in support of abortion rights after the Supreme Court ruling on Friday. (BARBARA J. PERENIC/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH/AP)

Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade, Eliminates Constitutional Right to Abortion

The Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe will disproportionately impact women, the poor, and people of color requiring this medical treatment.

A voter drops a ballot off in Athens, Ga., on Oct. 19, 2020. (John Bazemore / AP file)

NAACP to partner with to boost Black voter turnout in midterms

The NAACP hopes that getting more Black citizens to vote in the midterm elections will defend American democracy from conservative attacks.

The Institute for Policy Studies and National Domestic Workers Alliance joined forces to create this report.

The Other Side of the Storm

During the COVID pandemic, domestic workers were frequently overlooked in the media and by the government, despite many continuing to work.

Daunte Wright's mother and community members at the Minneapolis apartment building where activists say Judge Chu lives after former officer Potter was sentenced to two years in prison (Nicole Feri/AP)

$3.2M settlement reached in police killing of Daunte Wright

Daunte Wright’s family will receive a settlement from Brooklyn Center, but it won’t bring back the man who a police officer mistakenly shot.

A Miami Dade officer points at Nicolas during a traffic stop on June 15th. (WPLG/GERARDSON NICOLAS/CNN/CNN NEWSOURCE)

Driver says he’s traumatized after officer made chilling statement during traffic stop

A traffic stop interaction with a Miami Dade officer has gone viral after the cop told a Black man “this is how you guys get killed.”

Gullah Geechee tour guide Akua Page turned to social media to spread the culture (Stay Tuned/NBC News)

How one young history buff is preserving the Gullah Geechee community on TikTok

Determined not to let Gulla Geechee culture die, Akua Page talks about this unique Black American community to an international audience on TikTok.

When most people think of American culture, they overlook the violence that has been irrevocably entwined with it (HuffPo)

American As Violence

The violence enacted and experienced by Americans is nothing new. It’s thoroughly embedded in the culture, but we can move on from it.

This illustration depicts a young Black woman and a Juneteenth flag. (Adriana Bellet/NBC)

What does it mean to celebrate Juneteenth?

Companies have wasted no time commercializing Juneteenth now that it is a federal holiday, but doing so overlooks the meaning behind the day.

An imitation of the Statue of Liberty in Mason, a city that fought back against the Tennessee comptroller (Andrea Morales/NBC News)

What happened when a Black Tennessee town faced a state takeover

Threatened with exorbitant debt, and the inability to govern themselves, residents of Mason fought back against the Tennessee comptroller.

Google recognized a historic piano recital by Amanda Aldrige with this Doodle.

Amanda Aldridge: Why a Google Doodle is celebrating the trailblazing British opera singer and composer today

111 years after Amanda Aldridge performed at Queens Small Hall, a Google Doodle recognized her musical contributions, many under a pseudonym.

Black families can teach about history by reading together at home (wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock)

7 Books to Help Teach Kids About Juneteenth

Families who want to teach kids about the end of slavery and Juneteenth, the newest federal holiday, can read one of these books together.

BET+ gathered the remaining cast of Martin for a reunion show.

The Cast of Martin: The Reunion Discuss the Legacy of Their Classic Sitcom

25 years after the sitcom’s finale, the cast of Martin got a chance to reconnect thanks to BET+. The now-classic show will reach new audiences.

Thurston giving a presentation (Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

Baratunde Thurston: How to be Black and Outdoorsy

Comedian Baratunde Thurston explored the complex relationship between nature and the Black community with The Root to promote his new TV show.

Kentucky Senate candidate Charles Booker speaks at an event for his memoir in April ‎2022. (Piper Hudspeth Blackburn / AP)

Kentucky Senate candidate Charles Booker says racist experiences help fuel his run

Kentucky Senate hopeful Charles Booker isn’t bashful about racist experiences with colleagues that motivated him to run against Rand Paul.

Tracee Ellis Ross at the 2017  Glamour Women of the Year Awards (a katz /

Tracee Ellis Ross Partners With Non Profit To Support Black Women-Owned Businesses

Actress and activist Tracee Ellis Ross has joined forces with nonprofit Buy From A Black Woman to put products by Black women into H&M stores.

Philip Smith, founder and president of the National African American Gun Association. (Peyton Fulford/NBC News)

Why more Black people are looking for safety in gun ownership

Anti-Black violence and domestic terrorism over the last several years has motivated more Black people to buy guns for self-protection.

Tyler Perry. (Lionel Hahn / Getty Images)

Tyler Perry wants his Atlanta film studio to impact future generations

Filmmaker Tyler Perry’s legacy is about more than entertainment; his studio reclaims land once occupied by a confederate base built by slaves.

Lizzo posted an apology to social media before re-releasing the song with different lyrics (Lizzo/Instagram)

Lizzo Releases New Version of ‘Grrrls’ After Backlash Over Ableist Lyric

After criticism to an offensive lyrics, Lizzo responded with an apology and a new version of the song, something many should learn from.