African American history

  • Leonard Moore: On Teaching Black History to White People

    Dr. Leonard Moore of the University of Texas, author of the new "Teaching Black History to White People," discusses the challenges of teaching about racism in America, both from conservatives who often demand "colorblindness" and elements of the "woke left" who often demand intellectual safety.

  • How Cigarettes Became a Civil Rights Issue

    Medical Historian Keith Wailoo's new book argues that tobacco companies have systematically targeted Black communities with advertisements for menthol cigarettes and enlisted Black civil rights leaders to oppose regulations on flavored tobacco sales. 

  • Timuel Black, 102: Historian and Organizer of Black Chicago

    Timuel Black mobilized the political power of the predominantly Black South Side of Chicago, taught others — including a young Barack Obama — how to do the same, and in his final decades compiled oral histories giving voice to his community’s Black working class.

  • How a Black Family Got Their Beach Back

    The historic Bruce's Beach case is inspiring social justice leaders and reparations activists to fight for other Black families whose ancestors were also victims of land theft in the United States.

  • Black Women, Sanderson Farms, and the Strike for Better Conditions

    by Derrion Arrington

    200 Black women poultry processing workers in Mississippi led a 1979 strike for safer conditions and protection from arbitrary actions by their all-white supervisors; they won, but their story highlights issues of labor exploitation and racism that still characterize the industry. 

  • Lawrence Reddick and the Communal Acts of Black History

    by Stephen G. Hall

    "Rather than being ensconced in the ivory tower, Reddick’s life and work demonstrates that far from distortion, dilution or politicization, Black history’s communal nature has made it the most dynamic, engaged, and visionary project in the academy."

  • MLB Passed on the Chance to Stop the Drain of African American Players from Baseball

    by Lou Moore

    Major League Baseball noticed that the trend of increased Black participation in the pro game was making a sharp U-turn as early as the mid-1970s. MLB ignored the advice of many Black players, managers and scouts to reach out to African American youth to protect the diversity and quality of the game. 

  • When Black History Gets Unearthed, Who Speaks for the Dead?

    by Jill Lepore

    Locating and unearthing African American burial grounds is only the beginning of a process involving difficult questions of justice and inheritance. Should federal legislation make up for the legacy of dispossession that leaves cemeteries in legal limbo and without means for upkeep?