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 stories below, and the scholarship they include in full, a valuable resource for classroom or leisure reading.
Jazz, King declared, was the ability to take the “hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph.”
A century ago, the Flexner Report led to the closure of 75% of U.S. medical schools. It still explains a lot about today’s unequal access to healthcare.
Born into slavery, Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield broke barriers with every note she sang.
Recruits in the first African-American Marine Corps trained at Montford Point, eventually ending the military’s longstanding policy of racial segregation.
The Marxist sympathies of Black radical leaders like Paul Robeson, Alice Childress, and Lorraine Hansberry made them targets for the FBI.
Sometimes finding the stories of marginalized populations demands reading between the lines.
In 1919, a brutal outburst of mob violence was directed against African Americans across the United States. White, uniformed servicemen led the charge.
This non-exhaustive list of readings in African American Studies highlights the vibrant history of the discipline and introduces the field.
Tulsa, Oklahoma. 1921. A wave of racial violence destroys an affluent African-American community, seen as a threat to white-dominated American capitalism.
Adichie speaks on the meaning of blackness, sexism in Nigeria, and whether the current feminist movement leaves out black women.
“Ghana tells us that the forces of the universe are on the side of justice… An old order of colonialism, of segregation, discrimination is passing away now.”
Dorothy Porter, a Black woman pioneer in library and information science, created an archive that structured a new field.
The achievements of the Pullman Porter's Union were a significant civil rights victory for both U.S. labor and the civil liberties of African-Americans.
The first African American of either gender to publish a book of poetry has remained a controversial figure in the black community.
The 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday's birth.
In one of the earliest examples of reparations, an ex-slave named Belinda 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.
Shirley Chisholm: the first black female U.S. Representative, first black major-party candidate for President, and the first Democratic Party woman to run.
This year marks the 151st celebration of the holiday known as Juneteenth and few places will celebrate with ...
The founders of Women’s Studies were overwhelmingly white, and focused on the experiences of white, heterosexual women.
Square Dancing's lily-white reputation hides something unexpected: A deep African-American history that's rooted in a legacy of slavery.
While the G.I. Bill itself was progressive, much of the country still functioned under both covert and blatant segregation.
Ralph Ellison believed fiercely in the American project and in the centrality of black people to it.
We’ll be adding more stories related to Black History Month throughout February.