June 25, 2020

In the era of George Floyd protests, media outlets have been curating lists of what they think should be read to understand the Black experience and dismantle systemic racism. Many of the books on the...

December 9, 2019

 In 1965, playwright and poet Amiri Baraka (b. Leroi Jones) challenged the theatrical status quo by creating the Black Arts Repertory Theatre/School (BARTS) in Harlem. The opening of the theater is co...

December 9, 2019

I loved Toni Morrison long before I read a word she’d written.

Her life was an epic poem, a love poem written to African Americans — and by extension to all of humanity.

She wrote from the intimacy of d...

In 1954, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the Brown v. Board of Education decision that separate but equal schools were unconstitutional. The ruling changed the course of history and the lives...

In We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom, University of Georgia education professor Bettina Love offers a striking and searing take on U.S. educ...

April 9, 2019

For four years, freelance writer and author Osha Gray Davidson delved deep into the complicated and unlikely history of Ann Atwater, a Black grassroots activist who worked with a Klu Klux Klan leader...

The Hate U Give was one of 2018’s most discussed films. That’s because it struck a nerve for Black America — and for White America, too. The story deals with police brutality, how children deal with t...

March 7, 2019

Susan Burton spent years in and out of California state prisons. She battled drug addiction and struggled with trauma stemming from childhood sexual abuse and the loss of her son who was tragically ki...

November 6, 2018

When Charlene Carruthers set out to write her new book, Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements, she realized that her role models — Ella Baker and Fannie Lou Hamer —...

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