February marks Black History Month, a month-long observance in the United States and Canada that recognizes the significant contributions of African-Americans to American history, as well as the historical legacies of the African diaspora. We hope you’ll find the following stories, published over the past year, a valuable resource for classroom or leisure reading.
The origins of Black History Month date back to 1926, when a historian named Carter G. Woodson spearheaded “Negro History Week.”
One hundred and two years after her death, Harriet Tubman has won a vote to replace Andrew Jackson on the twenty-dollar bill. Born into slavery in 1820, Harriet Tubman went on to lead a very accomplished and heroic life.
The achievements of the Pullman Porter’s Union represent a significant civil rights victory for both U.S. labor and the civil liberties of African-Americans.
186,017 African-American men served during the Civil War. Dora L. Costa and Matthew E. Kahn give us a revelatory look into the experience.
Originally published on the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s birth, this story looked back at the legacy and career of the artist known affectionately as “Lady Day.”
Ronald Reagan invoked Dr. King’s legacy to suit his larger political and rhetorical aims, stripping the social critic of his radical and often controversial beliefs.
Josephine Baker, known as the “Bronze Goddess,” was a singular presence on stage. Her work in vaudeville, dance, and burlesque captivated audiences during the 1920s.
Nobel-Prize winning author Toni Morrison compared Ta-Nehisi Coates to the great James Baldwin. A look into the impact of Baldwin’s iconic collection of essays, The Fire Next Time.
Ninety years ago, a mob gathered and threw rocks at Dr. Ossian Sweet as he tried to move into his new home. The police refused to intervene.
In one of the earliest examples of reparations, an ex-slave named Bertha petitioned the government and was granted an annuity.
The daughter of a slave, Septima Clark graduated from college, became a teacher, and became a fierce advocate for social and cultural change.
We’ll be adding more stories related to Black History Month throughout February.