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Southern Poverty Law Center Report: As Election Season Heats Up, Extremist Groups at Record Levels

Results of a survey by the Southern Poverty Law Center show how many so-called patriots groups really exist on the radical right.


In Honor of International Women’s Day, We Celebrate a Rising Young Scholar

13-year-old Jada Williams’ essay compared Douglass’ story about being kept from reading with her experience in a struggling school.

Madame CJ Walker

In Honor of International Women’s Day, We Remember Madame CJ Walker

From her cosmetics line to her activism and philanthropy, Madame CJ Walker deserves all the recognition she receives.

Are Public Schools Safe for Black Children?

Alarming figures from a recent U.S. Department of Education show how teachers unfairly punish Black students.

SummerQAmp is an initiative designed to connect young adults to tech jobs

Obama Calls for Youth Jobs, and Tech Firms Listen

President Obama has encouraged private companies to hire more underprivilege youth, many of whom are Americans of color.

The New Jim Crow

Drug Policy as Race Policy: Best Seller “The New Jim Crow”

Author Michelle Alexander’s groundbreaking book about the mass incarceration of Black Americans has invited criticism.


History Now: Sharpton Recreates Selma To Montgomery March

Activists have recreated the Civil Rights march nearly half a decade later in recognition of battles yet to be won.

Dred Scott, a slave who sued for freedom

On the date in 1857, the Supreme Court decided landmark Dred Scott case

We recognize the landmark case that precipitated the American Civil War, even though the ruling did not grant citizenship to Black people.

Glenn Grothman, Wisconsin Senator, Proposes Law That Declares Single Parenthood Child Abuse

One Wisconsin senator made a wild claim when he pushed a bill that would define single parent households a factor in child abuse.

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.