Black women have always been at the forefront of movements for social change, from abolition to suffrage to civil rights to feminism. Learn more about their leadership, creative expressions, and critiques of white supremacy and patriarchy.
Movements of Resistance
August 25, 2017
African women, always a minority in the slave trade, often had to find their own ways of rebellion against slavery if they could.
February 9, 2016
In one of the earliest examples of reparations, an ex-slave named Belinda petitioned the government and was granted an annuity.
September 8, 2020
Black women's experiences in the suffrage movement show that the Nineteenth Amendment marked one event in the fight for the vote, not an endpoint.
March 22, 2020
During the Great Depression, Communists took to the streets to fight racism, poverty, and injustice. Among them were Black women.
August 15, 2018
In 1854, Elizabeth Jennings rode the streetcar of her choice, in an early civil rights protest that led to desegregating public transportation in NYC.
August 24, 2020
Women's clubs were popular after the Civil War among white and Black women. But white clubwomen used their influence to ingrain racist curriculum in schools.
January 26, 2021
Without many legal protections under the New Deal, Black women organized through the local Urban League.
Icons from History
October 6, 2020
The African American opera singer made history with a stirring concert at the Lincoln Memorial. But there was much more to Marian Anderson.
November 5, 2020
Beah Richards is best known as an actor, but in 1951 she wrote a sweeping poem that influenced the Civil Rights Movement.
June 19, 2020
Honoring the scientists, poets, activists, doctors, and librarians--those we know and those we don't.
May 17, 2018
Henrietta Lacks's "immortal" cell line, called "HeLa," is used in everything from cancer treatments to vaccines. A new portrait memorializes her.
In Their Own Words
August 8, 2020
In her new book, Wandering in Strange Lands, Morgan Jerkins takes a deeply personal look at the effects of the Great Migration.
July 2, 2020
A 1974 interview on feminism and politics with the first Black major-party candidate for president.
February 3, 2017
Toni Morrison, the first African American writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, was born to working-class ...
February 18, 2015
Alondra Nelson studies gender and black studies at the intersection of science and technology.
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