Fighting For Freedom, Fighting Against the Bomb: African Americans and the Campaign for a Nuclear-Free World, 1945-

In the description of his 2015 book, African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement, historian Vincent Intondi describes the long but little-known history of black Americans in the Nuclear Disarmament Movement. His essay, which appears below, tells the compelling … Read MoreFighting For Freedom, Fighting Against the Bomb: African Americans and the Campaign for a Nuclear-Free World, 1945-

Fighting Jim Crow in the 19th Century South: The Untold Story

Most historians have considered the period between 1877, the end of Reconstruction, and 1900 to be “The Nadir” or the low point in terms of African American political rights.  Some have even described it as the worst period for blacks since emancipation.  Historian Melissa Milewski … Read MoreFighting Jim Crow in the 19th Century South: The Untold Story

The Innocence Project: A Short History Since 1983

For more than 25 years the Innocence Project has been shedding light on systemic failures of the United States criminal justice system. The authors of the Bill of Rights in the 1780s and 1790s enumerated more than a dozen specific protections for criminal defendants including the right … Read MoreThe Innocence Project: A Short History Since 1983

California The History of Allensworth (1908- )

In the article below retired California State University, Fresno historian Robert Mikell explores the history of the only all-black town created in the Golden State.  He traces that history including the role of its principal founder, Colonel Allen Allensworth, from 1908. Centennial Celebration at Allensworth … Read MoreCalifornia The History of Allensworth (1908- )

Collecting African American Art: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Obama Era

In the following article sociologist and African American Studies professor Patricia A. Banks describes the rise of private art collectors and collections among African Americans. Her article also shows the growing acceptance of African American art and artists in major museums and galleries across the … Read MoreCollecting African American Art: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Obama Era

Challenging Caste and Race: The Campaign for Integrated Higher Education in the Reconstruction Era

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” In her new book, Reparation and Reconciliation: The Rise and Fall of Integrated Higher Education, sociologist Christi M. Smith reveals a largely forgotten history of early efforts to integrate higher education in the years following the Civil War. This history pushes … Read MoreChallenging Caste and Race: The Campaign for Integrated Higher Education in the Reconstruction Era

Tears We Cannot Stop: Michael Eric Dyson Explains Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy to Us Today

“Image Courtesy of Michael Eric Dyson” On January 17, 2017, eighty-eight years after the birth of the most revered civil rights leader in the 20th Century, Georgetown University scholar, social activist, reverend, and best-selling author Michael Eric Dyson describes in his new book, Tears We … Read MoreTears We Cannot Stop: Michael Eric Dyson Explains Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy to Us Today

What Can I Do with A Black Studies Major? Five Hundred Answers Provided by Robert Fikes, Jr.

In the 1971 Woody Allen film, “Bananas,” a fellow employee asks Allen’s character, “What would you have been if you finished school?”  Allen’s character answers, “I was in the black studies program. By now I could have been black.”  Allen’s attempted humorous jab at early … Read MoreWhat Can I Do with A Black Studies Major? Five Hundred Answers Provided by Robert Fikes, Jr.

Loren Miller: Legal Crusader in the Long Struggle for Racial Justice in the Twentieth Century

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” In the essay below, journalist and historian Amina Hassan describes her 2015 biography of Loren Miller, a significant but understudied figure in the long twentieth century campaign for civil rights and racial justice. This book on Loren Miller’s life has its … Read MoreLoren Miller: Legal Crusader in the Long Struggle for Racial Justice in the Twentieth Century

Emory O. Jackson, the Birmingham World, and the Fight for Civil Rights in Alabama

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” In the article below, Kimberley Mangun, an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah, describes her ongoing research on the Birmingham (Alabama) World and its longtime editor, Emory O. Jackson. Mangun is writing a cultural biography … Read MoreEmory O. Jackson, the Birmingham World, and the Fight for Civil Rights in Alabama