UCSC emerita professor Angela Davis to be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame | UC Santa Cruz

Scott Rappaport, UC Santa Cruz In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, The National Women’s Hall of Fame will host a weekend this September in New York honoring the achievements of American women in the birthplace of the country’s Women’s Rights movement. The highlight of the […]

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The Women Who Brought Us the Moon | PBS

Nathalia Holt, PBS Computers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, including Janez Lawson and Barbara Paulson. Credit: NASA/JPL. Featured Image In 1965, Poppy Northcutt was the only female engineer at NASA’s Houston Mission Control. As she gazed at the men around her she thought to herself, I’m as smart as they are. Although she belonged among […]

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Read The Powerful Letter Fredrick Douglass Wrote To Harriet Tubman In 1868 | Watch The Yard

Watch The Yard Staff, Watch The Yard Frederick Douglass and Harriet Ross Tubman were both born into slavery around the same time on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and became two of the best-known African Americans of the Civil War era. Both Douglass and Tubman escaped slavery as young adults: he in 1838, she in 1849, but […]

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From Glasgow to Tulsa: A Scot wrestles with his racial identity | The Scotsman

Martyn McLaughlin, The Scotsman The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, during which white residents destroyed the prosperous black neighborhood of Greenwood, left as many as 300 people dead and 8,000 homeless. Credit Oklahoma Historical Society/Getty Images. Featured Image Early exposure to prejudice drove Eric Miller across the Atlantic to demand reparations for African American victims […]

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The untold story of the Wild West’s black cowboys | CNN

Alan Huffman, CNN, CNN Rory Doyle. Featured Image The image of a typical American cowboy — a rough-hewn white guy in dirt stained blue jeans, cowboy hat and boots — is a staple of Western movies and modern country music. But as icons go, it gives an incomplete picture. While many cowboys on the American […]

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Lift Every Voice and Sing: On The Power of the Black National Anthem | Black Perspectives

Erica Ball, Black Perspectives L ift Every Voice and Sing” is a song that most Black Americans of my generation know so deeply that it feels as if it has always been a part of our lives. When we attend an official community event or local celebration, I suspect that very few of us are […]

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Hear Wade in the Water: An Unprecedented 26-Hour-Long Exploration of the African American Sacred Music Tradition | Open Culture

Open Culture, Open Culture It may well be a truism to say that American music is African American music, but that doesn’t make it any less true. And when we reduce truths down to truisms they lose the granular detail that makes them interesting and relevant. Everyone knows, for example, that there would be no […]

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