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The NAACP – the most prominent interracial civil rights organization in American history – published the first issue of The Crisis, its official magazine, 110 years ago, in 1910. For almost two and a half decades, sociologist and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois served as its editor, famously using this platform to dismantle scientific racism.



An advertisement for The Crisis, circa March 1925. W.E.B. Du Bois Papers (MS 312). Spe

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By Liku Zelleke

“A Fine Dessert”, a children’s book by Emily Jenkins, is set to be one of the favorites to win the prestigious Caldecott Award. Published in January 2015, the story tells of “four families, in four cities, over four centuries” making blackberry fool – a dessert.

Among the four times and locations is that of Charleston in the year 1810, when the dessert is prepared by a slave mother and daughter for their white masters.

This particular part of the book has drawn criticism fo

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Award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou has died. She was 86.

Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines confirmed Angelou was found by her caretaker on Wednesday morning.

Angelou had been reportedly battling health problems. She recently canceled a scheduled appearance of a special event to be held in her honor.

Angelou was set to be honored with the “Beacon of Life Award” at the 2014 MLB Beacon Award Luncheon on May 30 in Houston.

Angelou, one of the most renowne

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*Students at one New York public school were all set to turn in their Black History Month reports until their teacher realized who the report was on.


“I’m outraged. As a teacher, you’re imposing your opinion on a bunch of kids, “said parent Cleatress Brown, according to the New York Daily News.

Brown is only one of several parents outraged because learning about Malcolm X during Black History Month has been banned from their child’s elementary school class.

Teachers at Public School 201 rep

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Peter H. Clark was born in Cincinnati in 1829. His father was a barber who owned slaves and his mother was one of his father’s slaves.

Peter H. Clark was born in Cincinnati in 1829. His father was a barber who owned slaves and his mother was one of his father’s slaves.

Black History Month begins Feb. 1. Started in 1926 by African-American historian and author Carter G. Woodson, the celebration began as Negro History Week to honor the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and social reformer Frederick Douglass.

In 1976, during the United States Bicentennial, President Gerald Ford extended the observation a month.

“The intent

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Fresh off success of 'Hatfield & McCoys' and 'The Bible,' A&E-owned cable channel tackles iconic 1977 mini-series based on Alex Haley's book
History is remaking history.
Thirty six years after "Roots" changed television and helped steer the course of racial discourse in the United States, the A&E-owned cable channel is working on a remake of the iconic miniseries.
History bought the television rights for the project from Mark Woloper, son of David Wolper, the original producer on the ABCmini-
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"Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison is banned from the shelves of Randolph County Schools libraries.

By a 5-2 margin, the Randolph County Board of Education voted Monday night, at its regular meeting held at Eastern Randolph High School, to remove all copies of the book from school libraries.
The action stems from a Randleman High School parent's complaint about the book. Committees at both the school and district levels recommended it not be removed.
Voting in favor of the ban were Board Chai
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RapGenius has posted the entire King James Bible. Because according to its founder Mahbod Moghadam, "the Bible is hip hop." Sure, yeah, why not?
After you look up the lyrics to Drake's "Started from the Bottom," you can take a stroll through any book from Genesis all the way to Revelation. It's weird, but also kind of cool because you can search through the good book for cross references to songs and other pieces of pop culture.
Of course, there are plenty of non-hip hop entrieson RapGenius, w
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A bronze statue of civil rights heroine Rosa Parks was unveiled Thursday at the U.S. Capitol, a day for fellow members of her African Methodist Episcopal Church to celebrate one of their own. (RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks)
A bronze statue of civil rights heroine Rosa Parks was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday (Feb. 27), a day for members of her African Methodist Episcopal Church to celebrate one of their own.
President Obama, capping an hourlong ceremony in Statuary Hall, recalled the
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rosaparks122way_custom-33d941f72c1ce129644ced1ea8f695ccc0ae9ac6-s6.jpgThe late civil rights icon Rosa Parks, who broke racial barriers in 1955 when she would not move to the back of a segregated bus in Montgomery, Ala., will be posthumously part of another barrier-breaking moment on Feb. 27.
Pictured: Rosa Parks in June 1999, when she was presented with a Congressional Gold Medal.
The office of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Tuesday that a statue of Parks will be dedicated that day in the National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol.
According to
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