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.
The origins of Black History Month date back to 1926, when a historian named Carter G. Woodson spearheaded “Negro History Week.”
Harriet Tubman's known and lesser known accomplishments.
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.
What was it like to be one of the 186,017 African Americans who served in the Union Army during the Civil War?
The 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday's birth.
Ronald Reagan invoked Dr. King's legacy to fit with his larger political and rhetorical aims.
A new one-woman Broadway show puts Josephine Baker back in the public consciousness.
Toni Morrison has compared writer Ta-Nehisi Coates to James Baldwin; find out why here.
It has been 90 years since Ossian Sweet tried to move into his new home; since police stood by and did nothing as a mob threw rocks.
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.
Historically black colleges and universities have also been on the forefront of fighting for desegregation.
Katherine G. Johnson, Charles F. Bolden, Jeanette Epps, and roles of African Americans in NASA.
Shirley Chisholm: the first black female U.S. Representative, first black major-party candidate for President, and the first Democratic Party woman to run.
Loving Day celebrates the SCOTUS decision in Loving v. Virginia in 1967 which struck down the laws of the 16 states still forbidding interracial marriage.
This year marks the 151st celebration of the holiday known as Juneteenth and few places will celebrate with ...
Comic-Cons and civil rights rarely intersect, but if one person could make that happen it’s Congressman John Lewis. ...
Segregation and inequality are still major issues in Little Rock today
The Prickitt album in the NMAAC is a rare coincidence of names and photographs of Colored Troops fighting for the Union in the Civil War.
President Trump praised abolitionist Frederick Douglass in his first remarks on Black History Month.
A new paper provides evidence that the Tuskegee Syphilis Study reduced the life expectancy of African-American men—though the Tuskegee Syphilis Study ...
The founders of Women’s Studies were overwhelmingly white, and focused on the experiences of white, heterosexual women.
Black producers and entertainers use the concept of physically appropriating another race to discuss racism in "Dear White People" and "White Chicks."
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.
The integration of collegiate and professional sports parallels the civil rights movement, but in important ways it was a whole different track.
Ralph Ellison believed fiercely in the American project and in the centrality of black people to it.
On March 2, 1892, in Memphis, Tennessee, a racially charged mob grew out of a fight between a black and a white youth near People’s Grocery.
Journalist, physician, and committed black nationalist Martin Delany took Frederick Douglass to task over, among other things, Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin."
We’ll be adding more stories related to Black History Month throughout February.