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Book cover of book
10 October 2019

It must have been somewhat difficult to grow up as the namesake of one of the most prominent and controversial human rights leader in American history,...

Book cover saying They Were Her Property and drawing of slaves
27 August 2019

As a professor of African American history, I have very little interest in slavery. I am painfully aware that the insidious institution constructed and...

Black and white photo of young black man with afro playing tennis
15 August 2019

I had the pleasure of meeting Arthur Ashe in the early 1980s. It was in a little tennis shop in a strip mall somewhere on Bethel Road. He was representing...

Pretty black woman smiling with long black hair waving in the wind wearing a white shirt that is off one shoulder and words Becoming at top and MIchelle Obama below
18 June 2019

Never in the history of First Ladies’ memoirs has there been a book so eagerly awaited as the one written by Michelle Obama. When Becoming hit the...

Black and white book cover with the words LBJ's 1968
29 August 2018

This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the many things that occurred in America’s most horrible year in the most tumultuous decade of the twentieth...

White words in a red box at top saying Writing to Save a Life, another red box at bottom left saying The Louis Till File and a black and white head shot of a young black ham in a hat and suit
04 February 2018

Surely one of the most shocking murders of the modern day freedom movement was that of Emmett Till in Money, Mississippi, on August 28, 1955. The fourteen-...

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