Black History

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A Brief History of Labor, Race, and Solidarity

“Racism is part of our inheritance as Americans. Every city, every state and every region of this country has its own deep history with racism. And so does the labor movement.” –Richard Trumka, Missouri AFL-CIO Convention America’s Declaration of Independence asserts that “all men are created equal” and “that they are endowed by their Creator

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Black August uplifted as alternative Black History Month

First celebrated in 1979, Black August was created to commemorate famed Panther George Jackson’s fight for Black liberation. For Jonathan Peter Jackson, a direct relative of two prominent members of the Black Panther Party, revolutionary thought and family history have always been intertwined, particularly in August. That’s the month in 1971 when his uncle, the famed

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These 5 Black women made history — and here’s why you should know their stories

By Krishna Mann In the US, the stories of a select few Black women — Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Ida B. Wells, to name a few — seem to circulate on a regular rotation in school classrooms, inspirational calendars and social media memes. While these women’s contributions to history are incredibly important, there are countless other Black

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This is why Black History Month matters more than ever.

By Ian Abbey, Ph.D. I spent a year teaching mostly dual-credit and early college United States history classes in a rural district in northeastern Texas. It was a good year; my supervisors and colleagues, along with the vast majority of my students, were wonderful to work with. When we covered the Civil Rights Movement, I

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The First African Americans to Win Olympic Medals

By Marie Schulte- Bockum Since the first Olympic Games debuted in Athens, Greece in 1896, the gathering of the world’s dominant athletes has become a global event. But with historic discrimination and fewer opportunities for elite training, Black athletes faced immense challenges to compete. Nonetheless, starting in the early 20th century, African American athletes began competing in the

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We must protect Black History Month. Here’s why.

Courtesy of Prairie View A&M University February in the United States has been known since 1976 as Black History Month. This month-long annual celebration of the descendants of enslaved Africans has been exalted as a necessary spotlight on the experiences and contributions of Black Americans to the United States. It has also been lambasted as

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History of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

By Janice Sage Each year on the third Monday of January we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and reflect on the work that still needs to be done for racial equality. This January 17, make the holiday more than just a day off and take time to reflect and take action on civil rights

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Like Washington and Jefferson, he championed liberty. Unlike the founders, he freed his slaves

By Eliott C. McLaughlin, It was 230 years ago Sunday that Robert Carter III, the patriarch of one of the wealthiest families in Virginia, quietly walked into a Northumberland County courthouse and delivered an airtight legal document announcing his intention to free, or manumit, more than 500 slaves. He titled it the “deed of gift.” It was,

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