Breaking News! History in the Making

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.

ABHvM on cpu screen

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’

The arguments against Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy show how alive and well racism is in the United States.

Dr. James Cameron speaking at the ceremony in Washington on the occasion of the 2005 formal apology of eighty US Senators for failing to outlaw lynching.

ABHM Exhibits at MATC!

America’s Black Holocaust museum and Milwaukee Area Technical College have joined forces for a unique exhibit.

The National Black Male College Achievement Study examined the achievements of Black male college students (Ketut Subiyanto/Pexels)

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

According to participants in this study, many of them had never before been asked about their college experiences and success.