Hidden Figures is certainly inspirational, but the racial politics of the space programme were hardly so easily settled.
Two U.S. soldiers on Easter morning, 1945.
When war broke out, black Americans fought in segregated units to serve their country. The breath of freedom they experienced in Europe flamed the fight for equality when they returned home.
Allison Davis, circa 1965.
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His landmark contributions to anthropology have faded from memory, despite real-world policy impact during the mid-20th century.
Barack Obama at a campaign stop in 2007.
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Black politicians throughout US history have struggled to overcome deep, negative stereotypes held against them by white Americans. Obama succeeded at the highest level. Here's how.
Slave shackles in a display case at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C..
In the 19th century, slaveholders advertised widely for runaway slaves and often hired men to track and capture fugitives. African-American communities offered sanctuary space to the runaways.
Trump celebrates African-American History month.
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Despite an entrepreneurial heritage, black self-employment rates are about half that of whites. Could a rising economy lift their boats too?
The Black Panthers and Young Patriots hold a press conference in 1969.
Could a similar coalition emerge today?
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If police officers are sent to museums to train observational skills, shouldn't literary texts be used to teach empathy?
Outside the courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina.
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Two major trials in the killings of black victims in South Carolina start this week. Learn about the state's past and present struggle with racial violence in this roundup.
How can justice be blind to race?
Criminal justice experts suggest one way to change the system to eliminate racial bias.
Boxer Jack Johnson was relentlessly reprimanded for his arrogance and opulent lifestyle. But what was the criticism really about?
The controversy over Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the National Anthem isn’t a watershed moment. It's only the latest chapter in a long history of people trying to control how black people behave.
Race and perceived beauty are closely intertwined.
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A sociologist wanted to know how simply self-identifying as 'multiracial' – regardless of how you actually looked – would influence your attractiveness.
Protesters call for the arrest of an officer who shot dead unarmed motorist Terence Crutcher.
Protests erupted against the killing of black men by police in Tulsa and Charlotte. This roundup looks at research on racial violence and explains where there might be potential solutions.
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Researchers have studied the part of the brain associated with disgust to reveal people's true attitudes.
Women line the Atlantic City boardwalk to protest the 1968 Miss America pageant.
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For decades, the Miss America pageant had excluded minorities while celebrating a very narrow definition of womanhood. Then two separate protests – a women's liberation picket and the lesser-known Miss Black America pageant – said 'enough is enough.'
African-American children gather around a voter registration sign.
Laws that restrict who can vote are facing challenges in several states. A historian explains how people mobilized against voting restrictions of the 1960s, and why their strategy is still important.
Profits from slavery funded education. Washington and Lee University campus.
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The slave trade was used to fund American universities. Scholars are looking to recover the lost stories of the enslaved humans who built some of America's oldest institutions.
The Cannon Street All-Stars watch from the stands at the 1955 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
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Charleston's Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars thought they'd have a chance to compete for a spot in the coveted Little League World Series. But South Carolina's Little League director had other ideas.
Police armored cars drive down a Baltimore street following the death of Freddie Gray in 2015.
The Baltimore Police Department is found to have violated the civil rights of poor blacks. A historian explains why those findings are eerily similar to how the city treated blacks in the 1800s.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during a campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida.
Achieving greater freedom and equality for all identity groups is African democrats' primary goal. By contrast, American democrats have traditionally been preoccupied with individual rights.