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Civil Rights, One Person and One Photo at a Time | The New York Times

The hands of the father and his young daughter wave emphatically: the two are not in agreement. The man talks. His eyes are closed; he looks pained. The child listens, but gazes at a plate of cookies on the dinner table. The scene is not unusual: a father is telling his daughter that she will not be going to an amusement park. But he is doing so not because it is a school day, or because he is punishing her. He fears for her safety. James Karales, courtesy of the estate of James Karales Martin Luther King Jr. and Martin […]

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How a Wave of Honest History Museums Is Changing Black Tourism | Slate

Ashton Lattimore, Slate Evelyn Hockstein/For the Washington Post via Getty Images. Featured Image a walking tour of the New Orleans Garden District, my husband and I exchanged meaningful glances after the fourth or fifth time our guide delicately referred to the slaves who once worked in those elegant old homes as “servants.” To our ears, the reference was absurdly, offensively inapt, as if those enslaved people had been voluntary, paid employees. When we lingered after the tour to ask our guide why he chose that word, we were disappointed—but not surprised—by his explanation that he shied away from the word […]

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These High School Murals Depict an Ugly History. Should They Go? | The New York Times

Carol Pogash, The New York Times One of the 13 murals that make up “The Life of Washington,” at George Washington High School in San Francisco. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times, Featured Image FRANCISCO — In one of the murals, George Washington points westward over the dead body of a Native American. Another depicts Washington’s slaves, hunched over, working in the fields of Mount Vernon. These images aren’t in a museum exhibition but on the walls of a public high school. In this famously left-of-center city, liberals are battling liberals over these Depression-era frescoes that have offended some groups. […]

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Watch the Electrifying Conclusion of Dr. King’s Final Speech | Colorlines King celebrated the ongoing fight for social and racial equity during his famed “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech in Memphis.

King celebrated the ongoing fight for social and racial equity during his famed “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech in Memphis.

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‘Picturing Children’ Shows More Than A Century Of African-American Childhoods

[two_fifth padding=”0 25px 0 10px”]BY   All Things Considered  |  PUBLISHER   NPR After more than a decade in the making, the Smithsonian’s newest museum is scheduled to open this fall. The National Museum of African American History and Culture will open to the public after a dedication ceremony Sept. 24.[/two_fifth][three_fifth_last padding=”0 0px 0 10px”]As a part of the museum’s launch, founding director Lonnie Bunch is overseeing the publication of a special series of picture books featuring photographs from the museum’s collection, called Double Exposure. Previous installments focused on pictures from the civil rights movement and portraits of African-American women through the years. […]

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