Jahlil Nickens, 18, who earned the honor of becoming his class valedictorian this spring, also made history as the first African-American boy to earn that honor in Lancaster High School’s history
In revisiting the story of black refugees to Trinidad, we came across the tale of a foiled slave rebellion in Maryland.
There is one universal subject that cannot be ignored when explaining history, dissecting the status of marginalized people around the world, or pursuing any understanding of society, culture or politics. It is an unavoidable component that must be factored into any academic or intellectual examination of…
Family, friends and dozens of local law enforcement gathered Monday to remember the life of Louis Sharp, a huge part of Ohio’s history as the state’s first African-American state trooper.
A group of black women in Washington, D.C., are part of an acting troupe that gives voice to the nameless, faceless black women of the Civil War in a different spin on re-enactment groups.
It was a cabin that housed people who were enslaved starting in 1853 on Edisto Island, S.C. In 2017 the restored structure sits in the National Museum of African American History and Culture, helping to tell the often overlooked and covered-up stories of our nation’s history.
Harriet Tubman is having a moment. Right now she is the “it” girl of history.
The Mobile, Ala., Police Department on Friday held its promotion ceremony, one that must have seemed like any other ceremony in the department’s history. However, one promotion did, in fact, make history, as Bareneise Dixon, a 28-year law-enforcement veteran, became the first African-American female major in the…
Black History Month 2017 proved my grandfather right: Common sense really isn’t that common.
Editor’s note: For Black History Month, The Root is speaking to the relatives of our most cherished African-American heroes in a series called Living With History. To open the series, we interviewed a descendant of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. Next, we did a Q&A with the descendants of Ida B. Wells,…
For Black History Month, The Root is celebrating blackness in a new The Root TV series called I Love My Blackness. In the series, we celebrate black skin, black style, black friendship and black love.
The video below was published in partnership with Peabody Spotlight, a digital series produced by the Peabody Media Center at the University of Georgia in commemoration of Black History Month.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture has reached a huge milestone in the few months it has been opened, hitting its 1 million-visitors mark last week.
The story of Henrietta Lacks and her “immortal” cells is not quite over. Her eldest son, Lawrence Lacks, has come forth requesting compensation from Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University and possibly other institutions for the unauthorized use of the famous cells that prompted decades of medical advances.
James Baldwin is unequivocally one of the most prolific writers of his time.
Editor’s note: For Black History Month, The Root is speaking to the relatives of our most cherished African-American heroes in a series called Living With History. To open the series, we interviewed a descendant of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. Today we feature Michelle and Daniel Duster, the…
Editor’s note: During Black History Month, the focus is usually on historical figures who loomed larger than life, paving the way for the progress we experience today. But black history isn’t just about telling stories of our past. History is being made every day and has been made throughout our lives; it’s not just…
Laurence Fishburne and Larenz Tate are now taking on the world of podcasts with a new scripted drama about the numbers game in the 1940s neighborhood of Bronzeville in Chicago.
Editor’s note: For Black History Month, The Root is speaking to the relatives of our most cherished African-American heroes in a series called Living With History. Today we feature Kenneth B. Morris Jr., a descendant of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and educator Booker T. Washington, and spoke to him about how the…