Posted inEducation, History, Politics & Policy

Revisiting Brown v. Board of Education’s Legacy in a New Era of Massive Resistance

Exactly 70 years after some of the greatest Black legal minds in the U.S. challenged racial segregation in public schools, the assault on diversity in the classroom and beyond is gaining fresh momentum. Black students have long been subtly pushed out of schools thanks to disciplinary policies with roots in widespread resistance to desegregation efforts. […]

Posted inHistory, Policing, Politics & Policy

Gaza, Student Protest, and the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement

Looking at the images might make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. Late on Tuesday, New York City police clad in riot gear entered Columbia University and removed dozens of peaceful pro-Palestinian demonstrators, leading them away with their hands zip-tied behind their backs. Over the past week, hundreds of college students calling […]

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Black Residents Battle Against Tennessee GOP’s Effort to Ban Reparations

The Rev. Earle J. Fisher, an activist and longtime resident of Memphis, Tennessee, is battling against yet another assault on Black economic and political progress by state Republicans. Since the murder of George Floyd in 2020, these efforts have ramped up, particularly in majority-Black Shelby County, the largest county in the state. Just last month, […]

Posted inCulture

The Legacy of Black Cowgirls

Carolyn Carter proudly rides on her horse as she presents the American flag and Black American flag on opening day of one of the Black rodeos. It’s the 1980s, and the 20-something-year-old is at home in a sense. She’s steer decorating (steer wrestling for women) and barrel racing. The Oklahoma native fell in love with […]

Posted inCulture, History, Rural Issues

The Fight to Protect One of America's Last Historic Black Communities

ROYAL, Florida — The calmness of the wind reverberated across the burial ground as Beverly Steele motioned to her mother’s grave in Oak Hill Cemetery. Three months ago, they buried her here, just 12 days shy of her 102nd birthday. It’s not uncommon for residents in the majority-Black, unincorporated community of Royal, Florida, to live […]