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African American history


  • What Does African American Studies Need to Thrive?

    A recent eruption of dissention in UCLA's African American Studies department arguably reflects the strains caused by poor institutional support by the university, an issue faced by Black Studies departments on many campuses.



  • The Great Black Radical You've Never Heard Of

    by Peter Cole

    The author of a new book on an understudied Black labor radical presents context for an exerpt of an interview Ben Fletcher gave to the New York Amsterdam News, a rare surviving case of the organizer telling his own story.



  • Online Roundtable: Brandon R. Byrd’s ‘The Black Republic’

    The African American Intellectual History Society will present next week a series of responses to Dr. Brandon Byrd's 2019 book examining the relationship between Black American intellectuals and activists and the Republic of Haiti. 



  • The Contours of Black Studies in American Public Schools

    by Alexander Hyres

    A historian of education argues that Black studies was not an invention of the 1960s; its flawed implementation reflected the long battles Black activists fought against hostile and indifferent school administrations for decades before. 



  • Black Feminists Taught Democrats To Go Broad And Win Big

    by Erica R. Edwards and Sherie M. Randolph

    Since the late 1960s, Black feminist activists have viewed grass-roots participatory democracy as means of radically reversing systemic inequalities by enfranchising the disenfranchised and engaging the people who are routinely seen as politically untouchable in debate and consensus-building.