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African American history



  • The Contours of Black Studies in American Public Schools

    by Alexander Hyres

    A historian of education argues that Black studies was not an invention of the 1960s; its flawed implementation reflected the long battles Black activists fought against hostile and indifferent school administrations for decades before. 



  • Black Feminists Taught Democrats To Go Broad And Win Big

    by Erica R. Edwards and Sherie M. Randolph

    Since the late 1960s, Black feminist activists have viewed grass-roots participatory democracy as means of radically reversing systemic inequalities by enfranchising the disenfranchised and engaging the people who are routinely seen as politically untouchable in debate and consensus-building.


  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities are Remaking American Politics

    by Crystal R. Sanders

    The 2020 presidential election has debunked the myth that historically Black colleges do not prepare students to work in white-dominated institutions, and demonstrated that HBCUs have prepared their alumni to change the world one precinct, one county and one state at a time.



  • There’s A Long History Behind Stacey Abrams

    Historian Martha S. Jones places Stacey Abrams's political leadership in Georgia in the historical context of Black women's political organizing and activism.