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Black Union Soldier Finally Honored Almost 100 Years After Death

Associated Press A runaway slave who joined the Union Army during the Civil War and lost a leg after being wounded in battle finally received recognition Sunday, nearly 100 years after he died in Nevada. Nevada historians say they decided … Continue reading

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The enduring shame of ‘separate and unequal’

By Katrina vanden Heuvel ` In July 1966, James Baldwin published “A Report from Occupied Territory,” a despairing essay in The Nation contemplating race relations in Harlem and other American cities. Describing the deep sense of alienation and despair in … Continue reading

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Deaths Of Unarmed Black Men Revive ‘Anti-Lynching Plays’

By Hansi Lo Wang An obscure but riveting genre of theater is being revived in New York City. They’re called “anti-lynching plays.” Most were written during the early 1900s by black playwrights to show how lynchings devastated African-American families. Inspired … Continue reading

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Shirley Chisholm : My Bid for Presidency

Before Jessie, Before Barack, Before Hillary, there was Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005). She was the first black woman elected to the United States Congress (NY 12th District, serving 7 terms) and the first African-American to run for the Presidency of the … Continue reading

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New York City council approves monument to slaves

The New York City Council has approved a monument recognising the contributions of slaves to the city’s founding and economy. The marker will be placed in the Wall Street area, about a block from where the city’s first slave market … Continue reading

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What a Slave-Reparations Claim Has to Do With Harvard Law School

By Henry Louis Gates and Julie Wolf Who was the first person to ask for reparations for slavery? In America the concept of reparations for slavery is generally thought to have originated during the Civil War era, with the failed … Continue reading

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50 years ago: Mixed views about civil rights but support for Selma demonstrators

By Andrew Kohut When civil rights activists led a bloody protest march in Selma, Ala., on March 7, 1965, that is credited with helping to assure passage of the Voting Rights Act that year, civil rights was a top issue … Continue reading

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This much-anticipated film opens today. The historic journey of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in the major leagues is a story that cannot be told enough and teaches a valuable lesson every time it is told. Mariano Rivera is the only … Continue reading

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Marcus Garvey – The Black Mother

Marcus Garvey (1887-1940) was and still is a prolific figure in our history. He left us a great legacy of Black nationalism and Pan-Africanism that is still being spoken about and debated to this day. Among the many endeavors he embarked … Continue reading

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South Sudan to become new nation amid war worries

Saturday will be a historic moment for all the people of the diaspora. Hopefully, war will not rear it’s ugly and painful head. The Associated Press: South Sudan to become new nation amid war worries.

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