Topic: Black America

  • 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.

  • Rebellion at Attica

    The Attica prison uprising broke out in an era of mass struggles for Black liberation and racial justice around the world.

  • Uprising of the Black autoworkers

    The Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement was the most significant formation of Black workers to organize in the workplace.

  • Black Power in the workplace

    In the late 1960s, radicals took Black Power into the heart of American industry, triggering a national strike wave.

  • A mighty voice for freedom

    Schools and streets may carry the name of Frederick Douglass, yet the real story of his life and the struggles he helped lead remain little known.

  • The Black Panthers

    No revolutionary organization of the 1960s and '70s era frightened the ruling class as much as the Black Panther Party.