Topic: Black America

  • When the whole world was watching Mississippi

    Fifty years ago, the civil rights movement embarked on one of its most ambitious campaigns yet: The Mississippi Summer Project.

  • A revolutionary in the auto plant

    General Baker was a troublemaker his whole life, particularly fighting for Black liberation inside Detroit's auto plants.

  • We together shall rise

    A government witch-hunt victim pays tribute to the late poet Maya Angelou with his own verse, written in response to hers.

  • The man that Chrysler learned to fear

    One of the best-known figures from the Black workers' rebellion in late 1960s Detroit has died after a long illness.

  • Challenging Jim Crow schools: Then and now

    The Brown v. Board of Education decision 60 years ago was a landmark victory for civil rights--but schools today have become resegregated.

  • Las lecciones de Scottsboro

    Casi 80 años después que nueve adolescentes negros inocentes fueron condenados a muerte, el caso Scottsboro sigue siendo relevante.

  • Struggling against Jim Crow North

    Close to 500 people gathered in Chicago to commemorate a barely known chapter in the fight for civil rights in the North.

  • The lessons of Scottsboro

    Almost 80 years after nine innocent Black teenagers were sentenced to die for a crime they didn't commit, the Scottsboro case is still relevant.

  • The King cover-up

    There has been a concerted attempt to use Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech to obscure his true role.

  • A critique that isn't about the book

    A recent review criticized Will Jones' book in an unproductive way and gave readers little sense of the book's virtues.

  • A Freedom Budget for all people

    The coauthor of a new book on the Freedom Budget put forward by Martin Luther King talks about its significance.

  • The marchers who made the Dream

    The hundreds of thousands of people who came to D.C. for the 1963 March on Washington made it the historic occasion it was.

  • When the tide turned in the Civil War

    This month marks 150 years since the decisive Civil War battle of Gettysburg, along with other pivotal events.

  • What to the slave is the Fourth of July?

    In an 1852 speech, the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass exposed the hypocrisy of the Fourth of July's celebration of America.

  • Recordando ambos Malcolms

    Al igual que su abuelo Malcom X, Malcolm Shabazz murió demasiado joven, y con tanto por hacer.

  • The memory of both Malcolms

    Like his grandfather, Malcolm Shabazz died far too young and with far too much unfinished work in front of him.

  • Race in the Obama era

    The election of the first Black president marked a historic blow against racism, but Black America still endures systematic oppression.

  • An appreciation of Hubert Harrison

    April 27 was the 130th anniversary of the birth of Hubert Henry Harrison, and there is still much to learn from him.

  • Racism in a "color-blind" society

    We're told that we live in a "post-racial" society, but racism is alive and well in the U.S.--and benefiting the capitalist system in important ways.

  • Race and politics in the post-civil rights era

    Race and racism has always been central to U.S. politics--and that didn't stop with the victories of the civil rights movement.

  • Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow Coalition

    Jackson's 1980s campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination showed the new hold of electoralism in Black politics.

  • Taking us to the mountaintop

    Martin Luther King's speech in Memphis before he was killed is a dissertation on history, humanity, love and revolution.

  • The struggle for busing

    Protests against school desegregation were emblematic of the racist backlash against the Black movement in the 1970s.

  • The National Black Political Convention

    Electoral campaigns by Black leaders are seen as a continuation of the 1960s movement, but radicals of the time strived to build an independent voice.

  • Carving a niche in the system

    By opening its doors to a new layer of Black politicians, the Democratic Party channeled Black activists into electoral campaigns.