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How a white mob lynched a Black man, destroyed a city – and got away with it

The lynching of Will Brown is one of the many riots and massacres of Blacks by whites that took place in and around the “Red Summer” of 1919. This one was meticulously documented in words and photos. It was also witnessed by 14-year-old Henry Fonda, who would become a highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning American film actor, best known for his roles as plain-speaking idealists. A commemoration of the lynching and placement of a marker on Brown’s grave was held in Omaha in 2019, on the hundredth anniversary of this episode of racial terror.


Scripps National Spelling Bee 2021: Zaila Avant-garde becomes first African American winner

A 14-year-old from Harvey, Louisiana, breezed to the championship at the 2121 Scripps National Spelling Bee, becoming the first African American winner and only the second Black champion in the bee’s 96-year history.

Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers

Union will defend teachers in ‘critical race theory’ fights

One of the nation’s largest teachers unions on Tuesday promised to defend members who are punished for teaching an “honest history” of the United States. The AFT said it is adding $2.5 million to its legal defense fund in anticipation of local battles.

Coates & Hannah-Jones

Two Iconic Writers Join Howard U. to Help Educate the Next Generation of Black Journalists

Nikole Hannah-Jones and Howard alumnus Ta-Nehisi Coates will join the Howard University faculty. Hannah-Jones will be a tenured member of the faculty of the Cathy Hughes School of Communications, filling the newly created Knight Chair in Race and Journalism. Coates, journalist and author, will be a faculty member in the flagship College of Arts and Sciences. Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, will also found the Center for Journalism and Democracy, which will focus on training and supporting aspiring journalists in acquiring the investigative skills and historical and analytical expertise needed to cover the crisis our democracy is facing.

Graphic by Katty Huertas for the Washington Post

The panic over critical race theory is an attempt to whitewash U.S. history

In the same week when Juneteenth became a national holiday, schoolteachers in Texas, where the commemoration originally marked the end of slavery in that state, could teach about these events only at their peril. An author of the original Critical Race Theory explains the consequences of “erasing” the truth about our country’s history.


‘Bring More Black Farmer Voices Together’: How the Black Farmers Collective Is Growing a Black-Led Food System Rooted in Black Liberation

Black farmers make up less than 2 percent of the overall farming population in the US and have been stripped of millions of acres of land in the last century. Even the USDA itself played a major role in financially bankrupting Black farm families. The US Dept. of Agriculture was to offer a multibillion dollar loan forgiveness program for farmers of color as part of COVID relief, but is on hold now due to white farmers’ claim of “reverse discrimination.”

Sons of Confederate Veterans members and others march through downtown Shreveport, Louisiana, on 3 June 2011. Photograph: Val Horvath Davidson/AP

Revealed: neo-Confederate group includes military officers and politicians

Leaked membership data from the neo-Confederate Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) organization has revealed that the organization’s members include serving military officers, elected officials, public employees, and a national security expert whose CV boasts of “Department of Defense Secret Security Clearance” violent neo-Confederate groups such as the League of the South (LoS).

Under proposed state legislation barring anti-racism and anti-sexism pupil instruction and
anti-racism and anti-sexism training for employees of school districts and independent charter schools., this children's book could be banned.

Opinion: The cold truth about Republicans’ hot air over critical race theory

Christopher Rufo, a clever propagandist who has done more than anyone else to whip up the national uproar over critical race theory, tweeted out in March an explanation of how he was redefining the term.


ABHM Book Club presents Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

ABHM Book Club is reading A Long Walk to Freedom: the Autobiography of Nelson Mandela during June and July. Sign up for the free Book Club meetings here and learn more about the world-touring exhibition about Mandela currently at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

Black Employment over the Decades

Black Workers Stopped Making Progress on Pay. Is It Racism?

African-American Employment in the United States has remained stagnant compared to their White counterparts. Economists determine why.


I’m happy Juneteenth is a Federal holiday–but don’t let it be whitewashed

ABHM Book Club is reading A Long Walk to Freedom: the Autobiography of Nelson Mandela during June and July. Sign up for the free Book Club meetings here and learn more about the world-touring exhibition about Mandela currently at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

June 19, 2020. Protesters chant as they march after a Juneteenth rally at the Brooklyn Museum, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Special News Series: Rising Up for Justice! – Congress approves bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

The United States will soon have a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery. The House voted 415-14 Wednesday to make Juneteenth, or June 19th, the 12th federal holiday.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators take part in a protest titled ‘Stop Jerusalem Expulsions, save Sheikh Jarrah’ outside of the White House in Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington last month. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

Special News Series: Rising Up for Justice! – Black Lives Matter protesters make Palestinian struggle their own

BLM recently came out in support of Palestinians’ fight for liberation. A rally in New York City linking defunding the NYPD with ending aid to Israel highlights a growing awareness that these anti-colonial struggles connect us all.


Top UNC-Chapel Hill Candidate Turns Down Job Because the University Chose White Supremacy Over Nikole Hannah-Jones

It looks like the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is finding out the hard way that bending to white fragility can come at a cost.


In Compton, a School That Paved the Way for Generations of Black Artists

A school in Compton allowed for generations of Black artists to express themselves despite setbacks.

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Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – A Timeline of What Has Happened in the Year Since George Floyd’s Death

The country has both struggled to confront its history of racial division while continuing to succumb to it. Here’s a look back at all that has transpired since the killing of Mr. Floyd.

George Floyd's family walks out of the White House after meeting Tuesday with President Joe Biden. Getty Images

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – George Floyd’s Family Meets With Biden Amid Negotiations Over Police Reform Bill

President Biden lauded the courage of George Floyd’s family after meeting with them on the first anniversary of his murder by a Minneapolis police officer, a killing that launched protests and calls for police reform nationwide.

Representative Ted Budd speaks about banning federal funding for the teaching of critical race theory. Photograph: Michael Brochstein/Sopa Images/Rex/Shutterstock

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – The fight to whitewash US history: ‘A drop of poison is all you need’

At least 15 states are trying to ban schools from teaching critical race theory and the 1619 Project. The reactionary movement stretches back to the 1920s and the KKK.

Christopher Martin: ‘I just kept replaying that decision in my head. What if I would have just told him he couldn’t buy the cigarettes?’ Photograph: Tom Silverstone/The Guardian

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! -‘I allowed myself to feel guilty for a very long time’: the teenage cashier who took George Floyd’s $20

A year ago, Christopher Martin took an allegedly counterfeit bill. The police were called, and shortly after, Floyd would be dead.

Photo by Evac Movement: Teacher Amy Donofrio stands outside Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, Florida.

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – BLM Backlash: The nation’s racial reckoning meets bitter resistance at a high school in FL named for a Confederate

“This is not an isolated incident. This is happening to teachers across the U.S. And it’s not just about the teachers, it’s about the students and the chilling effect that these schools are having on their right to a quality education and a safe learning environment.”


Netflix’s ‘High on the Hog’ Retraces the Origins of Black Food Culture

Netflix’s ‘High on the Hog’ documentary traces how African food and traditions were transported to America, and how this culinary legacy continues to thrive in various U.S. food scenes.