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African-American

By Trent Gilliss August 27, 2014

Advice on living... from saying no to say yes and the lost skills of the cowboy code.

By Mariah Helgeson July 03, 2014

Inspired by Du Bois, Cory Booker reflects on the individual yearning of black men as essential to collective struggle. For him, the gift of his skin color is in allowing a better appreciation of the texture of humanity and a deeper ability to feel compassion.

By Mariah Helgeson July 01, 2014

How do we teach our children to be aware, to question, to be tolerant, to be resilient and righteous? How do we nurture their brilliance and bravery? A photoquote from poet Elizabeth Alexander, inspired by W.E.B. Du Bois

June 06, 2012

Will black Mormons vote for Romney or Obama? Guest contributor W. Paul Reeve offers a historical perspective of African Americans in the LDS Church -- and the decisions they must make in a pivotal election year.

February 05, 2012

As we begin Black History Month, here’s a letter from 1865 making the rounds. In it, Jourdan Anderson, a former slave, responds to his former master Colonel P.H. Anderson, who had written to invite him back to the plantation.

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October 05, 2011

See video of Tiya Miles explaining why history matters, and why she pushes it past its normal boundaries.

February 13, 2010
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February 11, 2010

How we arrived at choosing the late Lucille Clifton's "won't you celebrate with me" — with video.

February 11, 2010

The process of giving, taking, receiving a name holds deep meaning. Miller's story about the evolution of his own name, and that of his children. Tell us yours.

June 19, 2009

The late Joe Carter tells the back story of a well-known spiritual.

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November 10, 2008

A retired butler at the White House misses the chance to tell his Helene about the first black man bound for the Oval Office.

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November 03, 2008

The story of a woman whose son was murdered, and her struggle to end the cycle of violence in north Minneapolis.

October 23, 2008

Picking actualities and music elements is no small task, and we take it seriously. Here's our approach.

September 25, 2008

Krista reflects on a recent trip she took to Oxford, Mississippi — the setting for the first 2008 U.S. presidential debate.

September 19, 2008

I wanted to share a tremendously informative piece of writing that came into my inbox yesterday — an essay by Omer M. Mozaffar about the passing of Warith Deen (often referred to as W.Deen) Mohammed titled “American Islam Enters its Next Phase.” Mohammed was a gentle but towering figure in the history of Islam in the U.S., yet remains little known in the culture at large.