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Black History



  • Black Lives Matter But Slavery Isn’t Our Only Narrative

    by Aretha Phiri and Michelle M. Wright

    "Black folks are astonishingly diverse in their cultures, histories, languages, religions, so no single definition of Blackness is going to fit everyone. When we fail to consider this, we effectively leave many Black people out of the conversation."



  • Using MLK to Quell Outrage Distorts His Legacy

    by Jeanne Theoharis

    King has much to say about our contemporary moment, about the persistence of police abuse and the power of disruption, which may account, at least partly, for why this aspect of his politics is considerably less recognized.



  • 2 New Books Examine the the History of Black Travel

    The New York Times reviews OVERGROUND RAILROAD: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America by Candacy Taylor and DRIVING WHILE BLACK: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights by Gretchen Sorin.



  • Black Perspectives Hosts Online Forum on HBO’s Watchmen This Week

    by Ahmad Greene-Hayes

    The forum will offer pieces from scholars in African American religious studies who think critically about the show and its engagement with politics, performance, and African American religions in the early twentieth-century South, specifically in Tulsa, after the 1921 massacre.



  • Carter G. Woodson and the History of Black History Month

    Since Woodson's death in 1950, the organization that he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History -- now called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) -- has fought to keep his legacy alive.



  • The English history of African American English

    by Shana Poplack

    Many of the features stereotypically associated with contemporary African American Vernacular English have a robust precedent in the history of the English language.