Black History Month

Black History Month

More than 50 years later communities of faith are still the most segregated major institutions in America. Why?

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.

For Black History Month: a MacArthur "genius" who's unearthing an especially painful chapter of the American experience — the intersecting history of African-Americans and Native Americans, and the little-known narratives that Cherokee landowners held black slaves. Even with history this difficult, Tiya Miles shows us the possibility of stretching the canvas of the past wide enough to hold both hard truths and healing.

The anniversary of Malcolm X's assassination prompts us to find this strong CBC interview with him weeks before his death in 1965.

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

A moving performance of Frederick Douglass' "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro" in Howard Zinn's history roadshow.

Sometimes it takes the Sounds of Blackness to deliver you from your thoughts.