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BONUS: The Kerner Commission : Planet Money

In 1967, President Johnson created a commission to investigate racial unrest in America. But, the answer they came up with was not the answer he was hoping for. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. Source: BONUS: The Kerner Commission … Continue reading

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How Augusta Savage Helped Shape the Harlem Renaissance

Andrew Herman (active 1930s–1940s), Federal Art Project, Works Progress Administration Augusta Savage with her sculpture Realization, 1938 (Gelatin silver print, 10 x 8 in. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYPL, Photographs and Prints Division, Astor, Lenox and Tilden … Continue reading

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Freedom House Ambulance Service – 99% Invisible

Back in the 1960s and 70s, in the city of Pittsburgh, there was a nickname for guys like John Moon –The Unemployables. This nickname meant that you simply could not get hired, no matter where you went for a job. … Continue reading

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Leona Tate Turns School She Helped Desegregate Into Center for Equality

By Kelly Richman-Abdou on July 6, 2020 “The history of the school desegregation in New Orleans has not been told correctly…it’s time people learned the truth.”   On May 17, 1954, the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court … Continue reading

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The most powerful woman you’ve never heard of

Everyone’s heard of Martin Luther King Jr. But do you know the woman Dr. King called “the architect of the civil rights movement,” Septima Clark? The teacher of some of the generation’s most legendary activists — like Rosa Parks, Diane … Continue reading

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Wilma Mankiller | First Female Chief of the Cherokee Nation | #SeeHer Story | Katie Couric Media

Meet Wilma Mankiller, the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation — and an inspiration to all Americans. Watch #SeeHer Story, where we’ve partnered with People Magazine and #SeeHer to celebrate women who’ve shaped history.

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“Somebody Had to Do It First”: The Story of Shirley Chisholm

Nov 11, 2014 – Barbara Winslow’s ‘Shirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change’ profiles the first black – or woman – presidential candidate, a person who prided herself on being ‘unbossed and unbought.’ Source: “Somebody Had to Do It First”: The Story … Continue reading

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Jon Stewart on Black Lives Matter, Biden vs Trump and ‘Irresistible’

Jon Stewart was at the helm of America’s The Daily Show for 15 years – a satirical news programme and talk show- that questioned and made fun of those in charge as well as the media that reported on them. … Continue reading

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Gay, Black and Proud: The Legacy of Bayard Rustin

“We need in every community a group of angelic troublemakers. Our power is in our ability to make things unworkable. All we have is our bodies. We need to tuck them, tuck them, tuck them, in places so that the … Continue reading

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Before Rosa Parks, Claudette Colvin Refused to Give Up Her Seat on the Bus

You’re never too young to fight for civil rights. Claudette Colvin was only 15 years old when she protested segregation by refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, on March 2, 1955. That was nine … Continue reading

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