Memorial Day is here.
Memorial Day is here.
A few days ago, during a meeting, I asked The Root staff for more mailbag material. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be hate mail,” I said. “It could be anything worth responding to.”
Editor’s note: Welcome to The Root’s Sunday series highlighting the best in black fiction writers: It’s Lit! Each week we’ll feature a new story across all genres—from Afrofuturism to those stories that will bring a tear to your eye. Want to submit your short story? We’re looking for well-crafted works of fiction of…
Bill Peduto was inaugurated as mayor of Pittsburgh on Wednesday, officially beginning his second term in office.
Two South Carolina politicians have proposed a commission to erect a monument honoring the legacy of black soldiers who fought for the South during the Civil War. The proposal is authored by a representative who has long been a vocal defender of the Confederate flag and another Republican lawmaker who said that the…
A reader wants to know if and how the black and white branches of his family connected during slavery.
Let’s be clear: Nobody likes being told what to do. I hate it when my mortgage company sends me an email letting me know my payment is due on the first of each month. It’s set to autopay, but I ALWAYS consider disabling that option and paying it on, like, the 14th JUST because they’re yapping about me paying a bill…
The Civil War has long been over, but the long, slow, idiotic march of white nonsense presses on.
A number of black leaders in Congress, the media and academia have roundly criticized White House chief of staff John Kelly for his inaccurate and dangerous comments about the Civil War.
Wendell Pierce, the actor best known for playing Detective William “Bunk” Moreland on HBO’s The Wire, has never been known to mince words. Today was no exception. Pierce took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to deliver a harsh rebuke of White House chief of staff John Kelly’s ahistorical and bigoted comments about the…
White House chief of staff John Kelly told a Fox host Monday night that a “lack of an ability to compromise” on slavery led America into the Civil War.
A Kennesaw, Ga., mother is demanding answers after a white student called her son a slave during the school’s Civil War Day last month.
Two South Carolina representatives hope to put the whole Confederate-monument controversy to rest—by memorializing the enslaved black people forced to fight for the Confederacy.
When you try to be better about racism but decide you’re not really about that life: an American story.
On Tuesday, the city of Philadelphia will resurrect the memory of one of its most influential citizens, Octavius Catto, a civil rights activist whose work was instrumental in getting black men the right to vote in 1870, and who helped desegregate the city’s transportation system.
She found a photo of her great-grandmother in the records of a historic plantation house in Georgia, but little information about her life under slavery.
Who hurt you, boo? You should smile more. It may feel like the whole world is against you, but do all of you have to be so bitter?
Getting students to pay attention in class isn’t always an easy task. So nowadays, you’ll find teachers trying to reach kids by incorporating things they can relate to, like Migos.
Harriet Tubman is having a moment. Right now she is the “it” girl of history.
A Canadian resident tries to confirm the origins of his wife’s ancestors, who reportedly traveled the Underground Railroad.