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Black Filmmaker Wins Big With ‘Undefeated’

Martin’s 2011 film about one Mississippi high school football team won, among other awards, the Oscar for best documentary.

On This Date In History: Runaway slave is first to die in American Revolution

The Boston Massacre was a riot between American colonists and British soldiers that turned deadly, paving the way for revolution.

Enslaved Africans’ sculptures brings slave history to life in Yonkers

Artist Vinnie Bagwell has big ideas for The Enslaved Africans’ Rain Garden, which includes multiple statues honoring enslaved people.

Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable's home has since been been recognized as an historic landmark (Teemu008 from Palatine, Illinois, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

City of Chicago’s 175th Birthday

Chicago owes much to Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, who became the area’s first non-indigenous resident and helped develop the city.

The location of the auction has become a historical site

On this date in American history: The “Weeping Time”

We remember the largest-ever sale of Black slaves in the country, which happened in Savannah, Georgia, on this day.

Jeremy Lin’s Triumph Over Stereotype Threat

Why low expectations based on our race or gender can be so hard to overcome.Read the article:

Howard University Moorland–Spingarn Research Center by Fourandsixty, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Happy 145th Birthday to Howard University!

Howard University remains perhaps the best-known HBCU to this day, and its birthday is a day for celebration!

Swann Galleries African Americana Auction Becomes Annual Rite

Swann Galleries’ African American art auction has become like the Superbowl for those interested in Black culture and history.


Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin challenges affirmative action in higher education

The Supreme Court will see a case alleging that affirmation action cannot legally be uphelp at the University of Texas Austin.

Svante Myrick gives an interview after his Democratic Party primary election victory.

Biracial Man, 24, Goes From Homeless to Mayor

Svante Myrick became Ithaca, New York’s first Black mayor–and the youngest in the state–after sharing his story of homelessness.

A survey highlights the discrimination children of color from LGBT families experience (August de Richelieu/Pexels)

Children in LGBT families of color face double stigma

Several organizations joined forces to investigate the impact of being part of an LGBT family on children of color.

KKK flyers distributed to homes in Georgia town

Black Georgians woke up to racist propaganda placed in one Newnan neighborhood by the Ku Klux Klan.

Belafonte (center) at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C with Sidney Poitier (left) and Charlton Heston

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

The Hon. Laura Richardson of California in the House of Representatives gave a moving tribute to Harry Belafonte on his birthday.

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

In Pennsylvania, the road to abolishing slavery was slow, even though it started in nearly 100 years before national emancipation.

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)

NY Stock Exchange Recognizes African-American Pioneers (VIDEO)

Black pioneers of the New York Stock Exchange such as Joseph L. Searles III and brokerage firm Daniels & Bell received recognition.

Octavia Spencer wins Academy Award for her role in The Help

Octavia Spencer: I’m done with the bad parts

Octavia Spencer views her career and her worth as an actor differently now that she has won an Academy Award.

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

While, not all Black Americans find community or meaning in religion, some Black atheists must deal with stigma.

Magee's grave was formerly unmarked

New Monument Honors Last American Slave to Die

Sylvester Magee, who is believed to be the last-surviving slave in American history when he died in 1971, had no headstone for 40 years.


The Pressure of Preserving Our Legacy

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