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Vernon Jordan, Civil Rights Leader and D.C. Power Broker, Dies at 85

Vernon Jordan, an influential civil rights leader and political power broker, died at the age of 85. He leaves a legacy of progress and change.

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How Negro History Week Became Black History Month and Why It Matters Now

Historians must “rewrite the history of the United States through the lens of Black history, … if you don’t make that case, there are [false] stories that will expand and go toward rationalizing and perpetuating racism, exclusion, marginalization and more.”

COVID Black founder Kim Gallon (Photo: Courtesy of Kim Gallon/COVID Black)

COVID Black is using data and creating space to honor Black lives lost to virus

Kim Gallon creates a digital space, COVID Black, to memorialize each individual Black life that has been lost in the pandemic. COVID Black is intended to be a space of healing and create conversations about the future of Black health.

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We Sure Aren’t Living in a Post-Racial World: U.N. Head Says White Supremacy a ‘Transnational Threat’

Throughout its history, the United States has embraced its addiction to white supremacy and continues to export it to the rest of the world.

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Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – Police deployed potentially lethal chemical during Black Lives Matter protests

Even if federal agents and police never again fill the streets with clouds of toxic zinc chloride, the consequences of its prolific deployment may haunt cities for many years to come.


Please Join ABHM for Black History Month Programs!

Join ABHM each week during Black History Month for a series of FREE virtual conversations and programs to celebrate Black History as an integral part of American history. See program schedule and how to register.


From the first March on Washington to today, images of Black suffering reveal America’s painful truths

A long history of the Civil Rights movement in America is documented with pride and 60 year old call to action.

From the beautiful video about Black Aunts and the Hidden History of African American Survival.

The Crucial Legacy of the Black Aunt

When it comes to Black families, there is no role more important than aunt. Whether the aunt you claim is kin or “play,” she is the bridge between children and parents.

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Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – New Orleans EMS creates Black Lives Matter pin

New Orleans EMS has created a custom pin to show support for the city’s Black community “in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and Black History Month.

Black Aides at the Capitol after January 6th

For Black Aides on Capitol Hill, Jan. 6 Brought Particular Trauma

Several of the apparel and signs shown at the January 6th Insurrections brought painful memories to Black Aides inside the capitol.


Judge rejects request to increase Kyle Rittenhouse’s bond and issue arrest warrant

Wisconsin domestic terrorist-Kyle Rittenhouse continues to walk free after bail violation.

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Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – BLM ad condemns White supremacy ahead of Trump impeachment trial

A new Black Lives Matter ad is calling for an end to White supremacy using footage of the January 6 Capitol riots and historic Ku Klux Klan rallies to pressure lawmakers to impeach and convict former President Donald Trump.

Several art pieces created by African Americans in greyscale.

‘Black Art: In the Absence of Light’ Reveals a History of Neglect and Triumph

An HBO documentary shows several art pieces created by African Americans that never received proper praise.

Some of the men who were victims of the Tuskegee syphilis study. (Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center)

Decades later, infamous Tuskegee syphilis study stirs wariness in Black community over COVID-19 vaccine

The legacy of the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study, in which 600 Black men with syphilis were left untreated for decades, stands front of mind for many Black residents contemplating whether to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Former Nigerian Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Fianace speaks at The 2017 Concordia Annual Summit at Grand Hyatt New York on September 19, 2017 in New York City
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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to Become First Black Woman to Lead World Trade Organization

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala becomes the President of the World Trade Organization. Black women continue to break barriers by obtaining leadership positions, paving the way for more to come.

Karl Walker

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – Karl Walker, 29, Shot And Killed By CHP Officers In Dixon

Authorities have finally confirmed that Karl Walker is the man shot and killed by California Highway Patrol officers in Dixon early in the morning, January 31st.

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This year marks the 95th annual celebration of Black History Month. It has actually been a month-long celebration since just 1976. The way it is celebrated and taught in school does not give us a nuanced view of who we are.

Nick Cannon at the 2010 Time 100 Gala (by David Shankbone)

Black and Jewish entertainment professionals sign unity statement

More than 170 Black and Jewish entertainment industry professionals have signed a unity statement with the goal of improving relations between Blacks and Jews while countering racism and antisemitism in the entertainment community.


Madeleine L’Engle’s Private Correspondence With Ahmad Rahman

When Ron Irwin and Madeleine L’Engle became pen pals, neither knew how their correspondence would change both of their lives.


Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – Black Lives Matter movement nominated for Nobel peace prize

The Black Lives Matter movement has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel peace prize for the way it calls for systemic change has spread around the world. In his nomination papers, the Norwegian MP Petter Eide said the movement had forced countries outside the US to grapple with racism within their own societies.

The U.S. Capitol at sunrise after the January 6 insurrection and the inauguration of President Biden, January 23, 2021

Which Direction Now, White Folks?

The Biden administration has the task of uniting a culturally divided America, half of which has no interest in unity.