Inside the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, in Montgomery, AL.

How the New Monument to Lynching Unravels a Historical Lie

Lies about history long protected lynching.

The Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862

While a far cry from full emancipation, it was an important step towards the abolition of slavery.
Formerly enslaved people preparing cotton for the gin on Smith’s plantation, Port Royal Island, South Carolina (c. 1862).

Making Good on the Broken Promise of Reparations

Ignoring the moral imperative of repairing slavery's wounds because it might be “divisive” reinforces a myth of white innocence.

The Black Radical You’ve Never Heard Of

T. Thomas Fortune changed Black History, and seems to have been forgotten.

The Untold Story of Ordinary Black Southerners’ Litigation During the Jim Crow Era

Between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, about a thousand black southerners sued whites who had wronged them.
U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar stands with fellow Democrats as they rally outside the Capitol, March 8, 2019.

What Support for Ilhan Omar Tells Us About the Left

The rising tie between black activism and pro-Palestinian advocacy.
A family of refugees from Guatemala who took refuge in the First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia (1984).

Sanctuary and the City

Since the 1980s, activists in Philadelphia have argued that the city has always been a refuge for asylum seekers.
Wilma Rudolph sprints accross the finish line at the 1960 Summer Olympics.

How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman

Wilma Rudolph won three Olympic golds and was among the first athletes to use her celebrity to fight for civil rights.
Fanciful representation of the Salem witch trials (Lithograph from 1892).

The Single Greatest Witch Hunt in American History, for Real

Wild accusations, alternative facts, special prosecutors—the Salem witch trials of 1692 had it all.
No to Racism/No to Rape and No Means No, Women’s Action Coalition Blue Dot Series, 1992.

'We Dissent' and the Making of Feminist Memory

Understanding the politics behind Cooper Union's 'We Dissent' exhibition.

She Dared to Be Herself: Shirley Chisholm’s Legacy

She is remembered for being a "first," but it was her integrity, courageousness, and conviction that made her an icon.
Anita F. Hill testifies at the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, October 11, 1991.

We Still Haven’t Learned From Anita Hill’s Testimony

In the great awakening around sexual harassment, race was politely ushered offstage. That problem persists.