African Americans

The White House’s African-American influence

You can tell a lot about people from what they hang on the walls of their home. The paintings in the White House demonstrate...

Addressing a painful past: Blacks and whites confront family legacies of...

In Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, he predicted that “the sons of former slaves and the sons of...

African-American fraternities and sororities: Moving to their own beat

At the turn of the 20th century, the first of the "Divine Nine" African-American college fraternities and sororities was established to cultivate leadership and academic...

NAACP: ‘All’ means everybody

Since its founding in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has been a leading advocate for African Americans. Its...

Black student unions: ‘We’re not at a point where we can...

You would be hard-pressed to find a U.S. college without a black student union. These on-campus clubs provide a voice for African-American students. Inspired by...

Once a training ground for black leaders, unions still attract African-American...

When an assassin shot and killed Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis in 1968, the civil rights icon was in town supporting black sanitation...

Black America’s capital theater

If a single building could ever tell a story of the black urban experience in the U.S., it is the Howard Theatre in Washington. In...

Inspired to action: A new generation celebrates black history

Young Americans are the most diverse generation in U.S. history. As they work to change their world, they look to the civil rights heroes who came before.

Can tolerance be taught?

Tolerance is the wrong word, says Erin Gruwell. What people can learn, and what she hopes babies are born with, is acceptance. The former...