For The ‘Nickel Boys,’ Life Isn’t Worth 5 Cents | NPR

Michael Schaub, NPR The long string of horrors that took place at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys wasn’t a secret, but it might as well have been. Former students of the Florida reform school had spoken out for years about the brutal beatings that they endured at the hands of sadistic employees, but […]

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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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Former Ebony publishing company is auctioning off its historic photo archive, containing more than 4 million photos, to pay its creditors | CNN

Leah Asmelash and Brian Ries, CNN, CNN Author James Baldwin photographed leaving his home. (G. Marshall Wilson/Johnson Publishing Company). Featured Image CNN – Ebony and Jet magazines were once pinnacles of black American culture. Their photographs were windows into intimate moments of black celebrities, and they were known for their everyday depictions of middle class […]

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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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Baton Rouge activist was killed by a tenant behind on his rent, police say | The Washington Post

Hannah Knowles, The Washington Post Law enforcement officials including Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul, at lectern, announce the arrest of Ronn Jermaine Bell on Tuesday. (Travis Spradling/The Advocate/AP). Featured Image A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, the Baton Rouge activist whose body was found in a […]

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Sculptor Augusta Savage Said Her Legacy Was The Work Of Her Students | NPR

Brigit Katz, NPR Augusta Savage was an artist, educator, activist and community leader. Her work is the focus of an exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, organized by the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. She’s pictured above with her 1938 sculpture Realization. New-York Historical Society. Featured Image Sculptor Augusta Savage once said: “I was […]

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