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 push for a national Martin Luther King holiday prompted a fierce political tug-of-war, on campus and off.
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.
In the 19th century, students at American medical schools stole the corpses of recently-buried African Americans to be used for dissection.
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.
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.
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 ...
Comic-Cons and civil rights rarely intersect, but if one person could make that happen it’s Congressman John Lewis. ...
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.
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.
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.
We’ll be adding more stories related to Black History Month throughout February.