Black History Month

Black History Month

By Trent Gilliss February 10, 2015

Our executive editor wraps up the week with stories to help you think about MLK differently and the horrors happening in the news. Also, he shares our new iPad app and some openings at On Being for you to consider!

By Ebele Mogo February 01, 2015

A young woman of Nigerian descent grew up thinking of Dr. King as "distant American hero." On this first day of Black History Month, she shares how she came to understand this American icon differently — and how his complex + contradictory human side creates an opening for all of us to be heroic, and not perfect.

By Dan Collison February 19, 2014

How do we fulfill the dream that was bequeathed to us? By practicing the joyful art of doing life together across racial categories without fear.

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.

February 21, 2011

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

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.

January 31, 2010

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

February 28, 2009

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

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