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Black History Month
Black History Month news and analysis from The Nation
February 18, 2022
To Fight Attacks on “Critical Race Theory,” Look to Black History
There is a long tradition of Black educators fighting attempts to keep America’s true history out of the classroom—one we can all learn from.
Keisha N. Blain
February 14, 2020
Appalachia Gets Special Funding. The Black Rural South Deserves It Too.
Kennedy made rural poverty a focus of his presidential campaign. This year’s candidates could do the same—this time, in the Black Belt region.
February 20, 2019
White People Can’t Quit Blackface
And it’s not because they think it’s funny.
Patricia J. Williams
January 28, 2019
Black Culture Won’t Save Kamala Harris
After eight years of Obama’s winks and nods, the code-switching playbook has been played out.
Aaron Ross Coleman
July 25, 2016
A Worker Broke a Window at Yale and Shed Light on History
The vestige of American slavery had long gone politely ignored amid the polished Oxonian interiors of the rarefied university.
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February 26, 2016
Art and the Burdens of History
A panel hosted by Chirlane McCray represented both the trouble with and triumph of Black History Month.
September 2, 2015
A Retelling: The Clubwomen
A writer reflects on her grandmothers’ struggles with progress and peril in a changing America.
February 26, 2015
Where the Leadership of Black Women Can Take Us
No economic opportunity agenda for women can be complete without Black women’s needs, experiences and dreams at the forefront.
February 20, 2013
Racism, Torture and Impunity in Chicago
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is continuing the city’s tradition of refusing to apologize for the torture of scores of black men under police commander Jon Burge.
February 4, 2013
Paying Tribute to Black History Month
A great way to celebrate Black History Month would be to support the work of these groups.