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KKK flyers distributed to homes in Georgia town

Happy Birthday, Harry Belafonte, life-long advocate for human rights!

HON. LAURA RICHARDSON of California in the House of Representatives Thursday, March 1, 2012. Ms. RICHARDSON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to ask the House to join me in extending warm wishes to Mr. Harry Belafonte, a great American who celebrates his 85th birthday today. Harry Belafonte is not only the consummate entertainer, but he…

On this date, March 1st, in 1780, Pennsylvania became the first state to abolish slavery (sort of…).

Let’s Celebrate Women!

Today (2/29) is a “bridge” day between Black History Month and the month in which the world observes International Women’s Day (3/8). To celebrate, ABHM brings you two powerful videos. A powerful recitation by Alfre Woodard of Sojourner Truth’s speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?” (from YouTube) And an exhibition, “MAMA: Motherhood Around the Globe,” at…

Panel On Civil Disorders Calls For Drastic Action To Avoid 2-Society Nation

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NY Stock Exchange Recognizes African-American Pioneers (VIDEO)

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Chimpanzee Productions Seeks Interns

PBS Documentary and Multimedia Outreach Project Seeks Editing & New Media Interns

Octavia Spencer: I’m done with the bad parts

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Octavia Spencer wins Academy Award for her role in The Help

Octavia Spencer of ‘The Help’ wins best-supporting actress Oscar for role she inspired

Octavia Spencer wins an Oscar for her role in The Help.

Commentary: Remembering Black Atheists From History

The growing African-American atheist movement wants to remind you that not all Black heroes found haven in the church.

New Monument Honors Last American Slave to Die

A new monument in Mississippi is honoring the last American slave to die. Read the article:


The Pressure of Preserving Our Legacy

The head curator for the national African-American museum tells The Root what goes into his job.

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NPR’s Ann-Elise Henzel interviews Virgil Cameron and Fran Kaplan about ABHM’s Virtual Museum

A brief interview with Virgil Cameron, son of ABHM Founder James Cameron, and Dr. Fran Kaplan, Coordinator of the new Virtual Museum.

Obama and his grandparents

Lawsuit claims Obama can’t be president because he’s ‘mulatto’

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ABHM Exhibits at MATC!

The Milwaukee Area Technical College is hosting the first public ABHM exhibit on its campus in Downtown Milwaukee in honor of Black History Month. The exhibit, featuring the 2005 Senate apology for failing to outlaw lynching, is mounted on the 2nd floor of the building near the 6th and State Street entrance. It can be…

Black Male Student Success in Higher Education: A Report from the National Black Male College Achievement Study

This report is based on the National Black Male College Achievement Study, the largest-ever qualitative research study of Black undergraduate men. Offered in the report are key insights on success from achievers at 42 colleges and universities in 20 states across the U.S.

Racist Receipt Suit Settled

“Mc Stinkyn–ger”: Racist Receipt Suit Settled

It’s so outrageous that it seems like a bad joke about racism, but it’s real: A restaurant employee who is accused of referring to an African-American customer on his receipts as “Mc Stinkyn–ger” and “Mc Nigsh–” has embarrassed himself, lost his job and cost his former employer what we can only guess is a large…

Civil Rights Activist Myrlie Evers-Williams Pens Letter In Support Of ‘The Help’

An essay championing Best Picture Academy Award nominee The Help as “this year’s most outstanding and socially relevant motion picture.” Myrlie Evers-Williams celebrates the film’s accomplishment of “challenging viewers to walk the journey” of “African-American maids in the then-staunchly segregated Mississippi. Read the entire essay in the Hollywood Reporter.

The Man Who Would End Black History Month

It’s an inevitable question as Jan. 31 rolls into Feb. 1: Do Americans still need to celebrate Black History Month? For a black person, questioning the tradition’s existence may sometimes be considered akin to turning in your black card, jokes filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman in his new documentary, More Than a Month. Read an interview…