The Forgotten All-Star Game That Helped Integrate Baseball | Deadspin

Stephanie Liscio, Deadspin The 1939 East-West All-Star Game in Chicago. Photo: Getty. Featured Image When Cleveland celebrated its sixth time hosting MLB’s All-Star Game last week, it might have seemed an odd event to commemorate baseball’s integration. But when Jackie Robinson stepped onto the field in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform in April of 1947, becoming […]

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Former Apollo trainee’s career took off in a different direction | The Washington Post

Rick Snider, The Washington Post Ed Dwight was the first black trainee in the Apollo space program. He later became a sculptor. (Matthew Staver/For The Washington Post). Featured Image Ed Dwight never reached the moon as an astronaut, but his use of negative space in sculptures made him an international star. As NASA celebrates the […]

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The Racist History of Tipping | Politico

Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, Politico An illustration of the interior of a Pullman dining car. | Library of Congress. Featured Image This week, the House of Representatives will have a chance to end a pernicious legacy of slavery. Lawmakers will vote on the Raise the Wage Act, which would boost the minimum wage […]

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What Canada and South Africa can teach the U.S. about slavery reparations | The Conversation

Bonny Ibhawoh, The Conversation Author Ta-Nehisi Coates, left, and actor Danny Glover, right, testify about reparation for the descendants of slaves during a hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Capitol Hill on June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). Featured Image America’s failure to understand, acknowledge and resolve the continuing catastrophe of slavery is […]

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Their Family Bought Land One Generation After Slavery. The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It. | ProPublica

Lizzie Presser, ProPublica Photography by Wayne Lawrence. Featured Image TheN THE SPRING OF 2011, the brothers Melvin Davis and Licurtis Reels were the talk of Carteret County, on the central coast of North Carolina. Some people said that the brothers were righteous; others thought that they had lost their minds. That March, Melvin and Licurtis […]

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The Truth Behind ’40 Acres and a Mule’ | PBS

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., PBS IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. Featured Image We’ve all heard the story of the “40 acres and a mule” promise to former slaves. It’s a staple of black history lessons, and it’s the name of Spike Lee’s film company. The promise was the first systematic attempt to provide a form of […]

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Why reparations to African-Americans are necessary – and how to start now | The Conversation

Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Garden & Gun Five generations on Smith’s Plantation Beaufort at South Carolina in 1862. Timothy H. O’Sullivan/Library of Congress. Featured Image In a 2016 poll, 58 per cent of African-Americans said they believed that the United States should pay financial reparations to African-Americans who are descendants of slaves. Only 15 per cent […]

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