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In 1948, Alice Coachman became the first black American woman to win a gold medal in the Olympics games in London. She won the Gold medal in the high jump with a record of 1.68 meters.

Alice Coachman, first black woman to win Olympic gold medal dies

A trailblazing athlete is honored upon her death. High jumper Alice Coachman was the first Black woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

Janet Mock

Janet Mock Breaks Through the Isolation for Transgender Women of Color

Janet Mock has challenged us all to question our perceptions of challenges facing transgender girls and women of color.


63 Abducted Females Escape Extremists In Nigeria

by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — More than 60 Nigerian girls and women abducted by Islamic extremists two weeks ago have managed to escape, officials said Monday, though more than 200 girls who were kidnapped in April remain missing. Nigerian security forces and federal government officials had denied reports of the mass abduction…

Heather Booth

Who Were the White Folks of Freedom Summer?

These white allies joined in the fight for civil rights in the Freedom Summer of 1964.

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X

New Malcolm X Diary Reveals a Revolutionary Optimist

The Diary of Malcolm X was recently published after being converted from microfilm. The activist’s daughter, Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, was the editor.

Clarence Mitchel, Jr., the NAACP lobbyist behind the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, with President Lyndon B. Johnson who signed the Act.

Who Was the Unsung Hero of the 1964 Civil Rights Act?

Activist Clarence M. Mitchell Jr.’s name might not be known in every household, but his actions with the NAACP changed history.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the premiere of the film "Half of a Yellow Sun," based on her novel, in Lagos, Nigeria.

New Wave of African Writers With an Internationalist Bent

Discover the names and stories of African writers who are garnering attention and awards for their work.

The "Book of Negroes" mini-series is based on a bestselling historical novel of the same name. The Book of Negroes itself is an actual document kept by the British Army during the Revolutionary War. Aunjanue Ellis and Cuba Gooding, Jr. star.

First Trailer for Mini-Series of Acclaimed ‘The Book of Negroes’

Trailer and photos for the star-studded production, based on a true story, which debuts October 13, 2014. Adapted from Lawrence Hill’s award-winning bestseller.

Right: Hank Thomas was 19 years old when he was arrested in 1961 due to the Freedom Rides.
Left: Hank Thomas at 73 years old, is now retired and owns two Marriott Hotels in Atlanta, GA

An Original Freedom Rider Reflects on the Struggle

Hank Thomas was arrested in 1961, when he was just a teenager, for riding segregated buses in a south that ignored desegregation laws.

Lauryn Hill a hiphop artist

How Hip-Hop Has Become a Gateway to Black Poetry

An episode of Left of Black delves into the world of hip hop and its connections to poetry and Black culture.

Firefighter Jordan Sullivan, who recently saved two children on his first 'real fire' call

Baptism by Fire

America is so steeped in racism that even fight departments discriminate against Black applicants who want to save lives.

02 Feb 1960, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA --- Four African American college students sit in protest at a whites-only lunch counter during the second day of peaceful protest at a Woolworth's in Greensboro, North Carolina. From left: Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, Billy Smith, and Clarence Henderson. --- Image by © Jack Moebes/CORBIS

Texas county unwittingly votes in favour of reparations for African Americans

Some Dallas county commissioners were surprised to realized they voted for reparations after failing to read a full bill,

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This Day in History: We Celebrate the Birth of Anna Kingsley

From kidnapped from her country to a free slave with her own plantation, Anna Kingsley’s story is as unique as they come.

Brazilian soccer player Neymar stated that he had never encountered any sort of racism in his life because he is not black even though he clearly looks black.

Black Identity and Racism Collide in Brazil

Some Brazilian soccer players don’t identify as black in hopes of avoiding racism from fans and those in the industry.

Deanna Jordan

Single mother graduates from UCLA with three degrees

Deanna Jordan eared dual bachelor’s and a master’s degrees from UCLA after starting at a community college.


Was the Author of The Three Musketeers a Black Man?

Alexandre Dumas wrote some of the best-known literature, but few people know about his personal life–or ethnicity.

Jabre White was left speechless when he heard his white teacher telling him to call him "master." His mother Nicholle, found nothing humorous about the statement when the teacher tried to apologize and said that was all it was.

Black teen says teacher told him to say ‘Yes sir, master’

A Black teen and his family were appalled when his teacher implied White was his slave and the teacher was his master.

Audra Mcdonald

Tony Awards 2014 Belong to Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald became the most decorated Broadway actress of all time with her recent Tony win for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.

Jeralean Talley, 115yrs old

Jeralean Talley, oldest-living American, celebrates 115th birthday

Discover how Michigander Jeralean Talley lives life as a 115-year-old, having surpassed all other Americans.

Derrick Nesby, former Louisiana High School teacher and track coach, was arrested on accusations of having sex with one of his student athletes and exposing him to HIV.

News Police: Teacher had sex with student, knowingly exposed him to HIV

A former Louisiana high school teacher and track coach is accused of having sex with a student athlete and knowingly exposing him to HIV.

Photos Florence Kate Upton, Retro Boomin via Twitter, and a private historical photo collection

White Teacher Reinstated After Blackface Lesson

A Michigan teacher was put on paid leave for educating his 8th-grade class about blackface but is back at work.