History Stories
CATEGORY: Civil Rights Movement
Brown v. Board of Education: The First Step in the Desegregation of America’s Schools
May 16, 2018

More than half a century later, progress has been made, but the vision of Warren’s court has not been fully realized. Read More

The Most Damaging Myths About Slavery, Debunked
May 3, 2018

Why couldn't the slaves have resisted—or pulled themselves up from their bootstraps after emancipation? Read More

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

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

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

Why Martin Luther King’s Family Believes James Earl Ray Was Not His Killer
April 4, 2018

Fifty years after his assassination, Dr. King’s family thinks the convicted gunman was innocent. Read More

Why People Rioted After Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassination
April 2, 2018

Riots broke out in over 100 American cities after King’s murder. Read More

Jesse Jackson on M.L.K.: One Bullet Couldn’t Kill the Movement
March 30, 2018

Rev. Jackson, who was part of King’s inner circle in 1968—and witnessed his assassination—weighs in on that shocking moment, its turbulent aftermath and carrying forth the dream. Read More