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Why the Communist Party Defended the Scottsboro Boys
May 1, 2018

As a group of black teenagers awaited execution, the Communist Party and the NAACP bickered over their legal defense. Read More

I Was In the Debut of the Groundbreaking Broadway Musical ‘Hair’
April 27, 2018

The award-winning actress and singer made history as the part of the Broadway show. Read More

How Presidential Assassinations Changed U.S. Politics
April 27, 2018

Four U.S. presidents have been assassinated while in office - all were brought down by gunfire. And each of these presidential assassinations helped usher in a wave of important reforms and a new political era. Read More

How a Black Spy Infiltrated the Confederate White House
April 23, 2018

How freed slave Mary Bowser and abolitionist Elizabeth Van Lew teamed up to spy on Confederate President Jefferson Davis and got away with it. Read More

How Columbia’s Student Uprising of 1968 Was Sparked by a Segregated Gym
April 20, 2018

The ‘Gym Crow’ controversy became a flashpoint at an already volatile university. Read More

See America’s First Memorial to its 4,400 Lynching Victims
April 20, 2018

A new memorial and museum in Montgomery, Alabama, challenges the nation to acknowledge its crimes. Read More

Last Hired, First Fired: How the Great Depression Affected African Americans
April 18, 2018

While no group escaped the economic devastation of the Great Depression, few suffered more than African Americans, who experienced the highest unemployment rate during the 1930s. Read More

Rosa Parks’ Life After the Bus Was No Easy Ride
April 18, 2018

What history misses about Rosa Parks, according to her niece. Read More

Jackie Robinson’s Battles for Equality On and Off the Baseball Field
April 13, 2018

Although he's best known for breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier, Robinson's poise and strength in the face of adversity, both on and off the field, are why we still honor him today. Read More

The Original Black Panthers Fought in the 761st Tank Battalion During WWII
April 11, 2018

These African-American heroes battled the Nazis but were still second class citizens in their home country. Their story will be told in the movie ‘The Liberators.’ Read More